The Great Family Bed Debate -- Settled

When our first daughter was born, we thought it sounded terribly romantic to let her sleep in bed with us. Because, how in the world were we expected to let this poor, innocent baby sleep cold and alone in a room by herself Fast-forward three months later, when we kicked our baby out of our bed and into her own crib because, how in the world can a baby who's hardly the size of a football and can't even hold her own head up manage to take up 95 percent of our king-sized bed?? ...more
This is funny but true.more

Why I Might Change My Name to 'Mom! You're So Weird'

"Mom, you're so weird" is a phrase I hear daily out of my 17-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, I do not agree with her at all. I think I'm a pretty cool mom. I think I dress okay, meaning I would never be caught dead going to Wal-Mart in pajama bottoms. I love to shop, wear makeup, have an open mind concerning pre-martial sex, birth control, and same-sex marriage. I love to travel and experience the world and I love to read. The latter being the No.1 pastime of said daughter. ...more

3 Smart Parenting Tips I Picked Up From Therapy

Countless times, I’ve been to therapy in search of the Lost Ark full of parenting advice. I spend much of those sessions venting or listening to tired advice from the therapist that I’ve already tried a hundred times. But every once in awhile, a glimmer of magic emerges from that supposed source of all wisdom. You never know for sure until you go home and try it. And sometimes, not until you try and try and try. ...more
Great read. I can especially relate to the broken record theory :)Egipfordmore

My Daughter's Friend Is So Rude!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Help! One of my 15-year-old daughter’s friends is so obnoxious! She doesn’t address me when she comes over, just mutters a “hi,” without any eye contact; helps herself to whatever she wants in the refrigerator before I had a chance to offer; and responds monosyllabically whenever I try to engage her in conversation. I’ve asked my daughter about this, but she brushes it off with a, "that’s just how she is." Is there anything that I can do about this? Or do I have to suck it up and deal with her rudeness? Signed, Ms. Prim and Proper ...more
I agree!  We teach other people how we want to be treated.  AND all children, no matter how old, ...more

Growing Up I Never Had Play Dates, and I Turned Out Fine

The only play dates I’ve ever been on are the ones with my own children. In 2016 America (and the Internet), parental and educator rhetoric profess the vast academic and developmental benefits of play dates for our children. They all agree good social skills are essential to helping your child lead a happier, healthier life. But these skills need lots of practice and coaching. ...more
Love your post, thank you!  I totally relate.  I didn't have "playdates" either, but for ...more

7 Ways My Miscarriage Made Me a Better Mom

Two months after turning 40, my husband and I "pulled the goalie." Approximately 15 days later, I was pregnant. "But that was our first try!" I cried. "Who does that?" "This guy," my husband said, thumbs pointing at his chest. ...more
pinesandpalmettos Congratulations on your pregnancy! And thank you for sharing your story! Best ...more

How to Better Manage the Family Schedule For a Happier 2016

I’ve set some goals for this year, and I’m already worried that I won’t achieve them. (That seems a bit neurotic for this early in the year, doesn’t it?) Part of the problem is that I’m not a natural goal setter, so setting and achieving goals in an organized, intentional way is not my strength. But an even bigger part of the problem is this -- I feel like I’m just too busy to do the things I need to do in order to meet those goals. ...more

How to Prepare the Perfect Family Dinner

Step 1: Before you begin, double-check the recipe and make sure you still have all the ingredients. If you don’t, scream into where the missing ingredient should be (fridge, cupboard, etc.), "Who the hell ate all the [missing ingredient]?" Then Google: "What can I use to replace [missing ingredient] in a recipe?" ...more
Sounds spot on!more

I Have Irrational Fears About Becoming a Mom (Am I the Only One?)

I’m not sure where to begin. When I say fear, I more so mean feelings of anxiety and uncertainty rather than deep-rooted fears of becoming a parent. I’m not afraid; I’m merely timid about the unknown. ...more
Thank you for your support. I actually wrote this article a couple months back. My daughter is ...more

3 Lessons I Learned About Online Privacy When My Teen Googled Her Name

When my daughter Googled her name following a conversation with friends about who is on the Internet, I turned out to be her biggest online privacy problem. The results of the name search displayed several photos from my personal blog that we thought were labeled anonymously. Uh oh. ...more
MothersCircle Leah, I'm so glad you weighed in and mentioned your hard work on this topic. I ...more