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Hanging Off a Cliff: Would You Save Your Child or Your Spouse?

You know that age-old question: If your spouse and your child were hanging over the edge of a cliff and you could only save one of them, which one would you choose?...more
Tammy Soong  I'm so sorry for your loss.more

Dear Walmart Father: Children Are Like Flowers

I understand that you've probably had a tough day. The dirt on your jeans and the stains on your hands tell me that you've worked hard. The slant of your eyebrows and the furrow of your forehead tell me that you are tired, that you'd rather be at home watching Storage Wars, that this is the last place on earth you want to be: here with your lovely wife and two beautiful children. How old is your son? Four? Five? He oozes a bright curiosity that reminds me of my own. ...more
Lovely post and a great reminder. Wish I had read it when my kids were little. Perspective is so ...more

Yes, Virginia, You Have a Favorite Kid

Anyone who says they don't have a favorite kid is LYING. In fact, they're probably the same person who, when asked in the first three months of motherhood how it was treating them, responded with "oh it's wonderful, being a mommy is such a beautiful thing." Again with the lies! Motherhood isn't beautiful! It's messy, pudgy, wrinkly, chaotic, snotty, and often times extremely smelly. ...more
I have 3 children, and I frequently let them know which one is my favorite. I frequently have a ...more

Help! My Friend Is Gluten-Free, but I'm Not!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm going on vacation with my friend, and she's gluten-free, which drives me crazy because it's all she talks about. She's already planning our days around not eating gluten and has said things like "no pizza for us!" I like her, but think this will cause fights. Advice?Signed,Gaga for Gluten...more
Serious food allergies create challenges no matter where you are at and what you are doing. ...more

My Son Loves My Little Pony, but Do We Have to Call Him a Brony?

For months, I’ve been purchasing the My Little Pony figurines for my daughter, Samara, who is two-years-old. One day Ari, my five-year-old, wanted to watch a show on Netflix and he spotted the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic picture featuring six colorful ponies with enormous anime character eyes. I figured I’d give the show a try, not knowing if it would hold his attention. As it turned out, after the first episode he was hooked. “Mommy, can I hold the ponies while I watch it?” He asked. “Sure.” I said with a shrug. ...more
My son loves the show too and I know he's getting a bit self-conscious about liking it.  He's 6. ...more

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. ...more
AdrianneEStoneMy thoughts? Your post is based on sensationalistic, skewed data presented by the ...more

Why I Need a Sticker Chart to Get Through the Day

Yesterday I went to the school supply store and bought a sticker chart. It's one of those big poster boards where teachers usually track the progress of their students, or parents use to track potty training. This poster, though, is for me. ...more
Kelly, thank you so much. You are so right. So many times I feel just like a child and I am so ...more

Famous Last Words: The Things We Say Before We Are Parents

Before a person has children, it’s easy to pass judgement. And then you have them. It slowly dawns on you that you had absolutely no idea what it meant to be a parent and raise a child. Rather than feeling foolish for all of those bold statements I made about parenthood before joining the club, I’m embracing my naivety and sharing them with you. ...more
Cracking up!!!!!  Thanks so much for sharing.  And yep--overpriced hot chocolate with whipped ...more

25 Things Every Mom Should Realize

Inspired by a post on Wall Street Insanity titled 50 Things Every Man Should Realize, I’ve found myself thinking about absolutes every woman—and especially moms—should realize. Having a child is a wonderful life path to choose, but it can also be tiring and it’s easy to lose perspective amid the Pinteresting of it all. To help us all keep the important things at the forefront of our minds, I’ve developed 25 Things Every Mom Should Realize about herself, men, kids, and life in general. ...more
Love the quote you end this post with! Sometimes I have to remind myself it really is that ...more

10 Things Teens Do Better Than Anyone Else

Although the youngest of my three children will soon be 19, and there are still days of the down and dirty teen years challenging us every now and again, I am fairly confident that we are almost out of the woods. Credit: justien. ...more
bethmarkley  I love very truemore