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How Not to Be That Mom on College Move In Day

The college experience is a big deal for everyone in the family, it evokes change on every member of a household. The younger sibling who no longer shares the bathroom or has the comfort of knowing her sister is just in the next room at night. he dad who is used to catching the football games with his son. The mom who has devoted every ounce of her being to raising her child and micro-managing outfits, tasks, and chores. But the overall college experience belongs to the student. College Move-in day (and college in general) is not about you! ...more
This is still some way away for me but I can already feel the tears prickling - very determined ...more

My Daughter Won't Take a Bottle and I'm OK With That

My mother still thinks it’s my fault. After two weeks of blissfully (okay, painfully) nursing my newborn daughter around the clock, it was time to try giving her a bottle of pumped milk. Surely, it would be good for daddy to share in the joy of feeding — and give mama and her sore nips a break. So I strapped on the agricultural grade pump and filled a freshly sterilized baby bottle, handing it off to my husband. Then someone started crying, and it wasn’t the baby. ...more
Depends on the situation. I went back to work at four months after my son's birth, a week short ...more

Gay or Straight, I Just Want My Sons To Be Happy

An old story about Kate Winslet’s 7-year-old son admitting that he could be gay was brought to my attention recently. It led to me to think about how I would feel if either of my sons were gay and how I would react to their admission.  Image: woodleywonderworks ...more
My main focus and message to my sons has been LOVE. I want them to know what love, acceptance, ...more

Upgrade Your Kids' Lunch Boxes This School Year

Registered Dietitian Katie Morford of Mom's Kitchen Handbook comes to the rescue this year with Best Lunch Box Ever, which is packed with recipes for salads, sandwiches, and other treats that kids will love to find when it's time to refuel midday. ...more
Thanks for this share. It is really helpful for those moms who is working like me. I always ...more

5 Ways I Made My Daughters Cry in One Day

For as long as I have had children, people have commented about the hormones that were one day going to invade my home. I have always laughed it off, because it seemed so very far off in the distance. And although I listened to other parents talk about how at age nine their daughters started to change—a little bit more attitude, a little bit more tears, a little more moody—I didn’t take it very seriously. Because like most parents do, I chose denial as my force field, telling myself that my kids were different. I was different. Our journey would be different. ...more
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5 Tips for Keeping It Sane When Working From Home

The rise of technology has provided us with plenty of opportunities. Working from home has been a big advantage for many people who try to avoid the traffic hazards and tight schedules, those who like to earn their money with some freedom and under their own terms. However, for some others like me, being at home five days a week could also be a challenge no matter how much they enjoy what they are doing. As women, we also juggle with many other responsibilities; family, house chores, community events, and the list goes on and on....more
@bethbrains sfdc_nerd That is funny but very useful. :-)more

Are Second Baby Showers Necessary or Just Greedy?

Last week, the gossip rags are lauding us with details of the magical, whimsical baby shower Christina Aguilera and her fiancé have just thrown, vagina cake and all. Again? Hasn’t she already had a kid? Hasn’t she already had baby showers? My guess is that even if she isn't recycling, that baby’s nursery is already completely stocked with ironically-sloganed organic cotton onesies, receiving blankets woven from the hair of mermaids, and gold-plated soothers. ...more
Please be careful with the -we don't need to do this with the second, third - My baby bro was ...more

(POLL) How Do You Feel About Community School Supplies?

Over the next month, kids across the country will be headed back to school (and some are even there already, including my fourth-grader). With back-to-school comes back-to-school shopping: for clothes, for shoes and for school supplies. Unlike your kids' sneakers or shirts, crayons are sometimes put into a pile and shared—a practice known as "community school supplies"—and this practice has some parents really mad. ...more
I don't really mind supply sharing as much as I mind the lists I was given for my kids this ...more

How Do I Know If I Should Homeschool My Kids?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My husband really wants me to homeschool our two children, ages six and eight. I am a SAHM so I have the time, but I don't see what's wrong with public schools. He thinks they would benefit academically, and maybe they would, but I worry they'd suffer socially. I also worry that my mental health would suffer, but maybe I'm wrong. Is there any way to know if homeschool is a good fit for us?Signed,Am I Homeschooling Material?...more
Yes, we originally started because of my husband's job at the time our oldest was starting ...more

Breastfeeding: My Most Rewarding AND Challenging Feat

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the first week marks World Breastfeeding Week. A few years ago, these events would have passed without significance, but after having my son and experiencing a long and rewarding breastfeeding relationship, I feel compelled to encourage and support other breastfeeding mothers and breastfeeding mothers-to-be. ...more
Lactation consultants can help work on issues between milk production levels and infant ...more