Are You Living With a Threenager?

When my oldest son turned 3, I didn't realize there was a term for his newfound defiance and teenage-like behavior. By the time his younger brother turned 3 last fall, I had a word for what I was witnessing when he started putting his hand on his hip and saying, lip curled in skepticism, "If you say so." Like his brother before him, my youngest has morphed from a cute toddler into the dreaded threenager. You might have a threenager if… ...more
This is so true. I have a threenager grandson. This is a good read.more

Not Helpful: Don't Tell a New Mom She'll Miss This Stage

A friend of mine had a baby recently and I know she's having a hard time. All new moms have a hard time, but you can tell when someone's really in the weeds—she seems extra-isolated, exhausted, wondering when exactly she's going to start seeing some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. And she posted on Facebook a few weeks ago, something along the lines of "Can somebody let me know when I'll ever sleep again?" Image: calebdzahnd...more
I disagree. A mom of my husbands friend said to me after discussing my daughter still waking at ...more

Parenting Inspiration From Amy Schumer

I have a complete talent crush on comedienne Amy Schumer. I can't be the only one who watched Amy's appearance on over and over again, making sure to share it with everyone I've ever met. She's not just adorably funny, but she's proudly inappropriate and unashamed. And while I know it may sound odd, when I watch her on talk shows, do stand up or on her Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer," I admire the fact that she doesn't seem to care about being appropriate, polite or politically correct. ...more
INSPIRATION!!! To be smart, FUNNY, courageous, and MYSELF regardless of "Fuckability"more

Texting While Driving: Distracted Driving Is the New DUI

Texting and driving is unsafe and deadly. No one knows this better than Donna Holdiness. In 2004, her son caused a fatal car accident when he was texting and driving. He survived, but two others died. Eight years later, texting and driving claimed the life of her husband, Dr. Gary Holdiness, a cyclist whom a 17-year-old driver plowed into during a lengthy text conversation with his girlfriend. ...more
It is absolutely FRIGHTENING to see people texting and otherwise using their phones while driving.more

Sick Days Provide Focus In a World Gone Blurry

The days all start the same. My wife is the first one up, and she isn't quiet about it. Then the household menagerie begins their matinee performance: The cats run and scratch and meow and jump and bounce and run some more. The dogs spin their heads in time to the frisky felines, their necks adorned with tags of domesticity, jingling like a band of sleigh bells turned to 11. ...more

I'm a Great Mom. Most of the Time.

There is nothing I love more in this world than being a mother. Really and truly, being my little girl's mommy has been the best thing to ever happen to me. But dammit if I don't sometimes feel like I'm doing a crap job of the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, most of the time, I think I'm a pretty kick-ass mommy. But every once in a while, usually when I'm exhausted or stressed out, I make mistakes (or choices) that have me questioning my qualifications for this gig. Like that time my toddler locked me out. Or... ...more

It's An Honor to Be Able to Say "Yes, I Have Stretch Marks!"

I'm sure you're familiar with model Chrissy Teigen, who has graced the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and many more glossies. She is also a TV host, a cooking writer and a red carpet darling, who attends every major award show with husband John Legend. She is beautiful, has an incredible body and seems perfect. But recently, she showed how human and imperfect she is with an Instagram post displaying her stretch marks. Naturally, the web world went crazy. ...more
I would encourage everyone to check out Birth Without Fear & their #takebackpostpartum campaign. ...more

10 Things Moms Shouldn't Do

As it turns out, the more kids you have, the better you get at being a mom, . When I was a first-time mom, I did so many things that I thought were okay/appropriate/safe, etc. Now that I've got three kids and have read more articles and statistics than I care to admit, I'm a little bit ashamed of how little I actually knew about baby safety when I only had one little booger to take care of. The sad thing is, most of these things are entirely common. In fact, I've bet you've done or seen one of these things today. Do us all a favor and share this post with your other mama friends....more
Basically dads are doing all these things correctly is what I got from this article. Whether you ...more

Dear Firstborn Son: Thank You For Teaching Me to Be a Mother

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Leftover Peeps? Make S'mores!

S'mores are a classic treat that has all the best dessert flavors. With Easter around the corner, we decided to put a fun twist on a classic dessert using Peeps instead of traditional marshmallows. RECIPE: Peeps S'mores Yields 6 s'mores Ingredients 12 Graham crackers 6 Hershey's milk chocolate squares 6 Marshmallow Peeps Directions...more
Thank you!  My mom keeps buying my kids peeps for Easter, even though my girls don't like them. ...more