There are endless books and blogs dedicated to explaining the ins-and-outs of parenthood to expectant moms. By the time women become pregnant with their second baby, however, they are all but forgotten — left to fend for themselves, armed with nothing but hand-me-downs from the first kid and a vague recollection of what sleepless nights with a newborn are like.
Pregnancy and summertime: they go as comfortably together as skinny jeans and Thanksgiving. Having been heavily pregnant in the summer, with both of my kids, I know firsthand just how unpleasant it can be to waddle around in 80- to 90-degree temps with a nearly 10-pound butterball attached to your middle.
When you’re already juggling one kid—and everything else in life—it can be hard to remember to put on your pants before leaving the house, let alone figure out if you are ready to add another little one to the craziness. So, as a mother of two, I thought I would help those on the fence about having a second baby by lending my wisdom with this can’t-fail guide:
Not exactly chomping at the bit to battle crazed shoppers and empty your wallet this Christmas season? Then you just may find yourself progressing through this avoidance model that I like to call the “7 Stages of Avoiding Your Christmas Shopping.”. Shock and Denial. You react to the presence of Christmas paraphernalia in department stores and peppermint-infused drinks at Starbucks with numbed disbelief.
When the kids are older, do you think you'll get a real job? Since you have extra time on your hands, could you whip up a few dozen brownies for the bake sale tomorrow? I'm jealous. I wish my husband were rich so I wouldn't have to work either. I'm sure you're not the only one who's ever wasted money on a college degree.
Telltale signs that your kid is hungover from enjoying sweets just a little too much on Halloween. With Halloween fast approaching, it’s important to take stock and make sure we have everything in order. Costume for the kid? Candy for Trick-or-Treaters? Spooky decorations to scare the living daylights out of said Trick-or-Treaters?
We’ve all been there: stumped by a homework assignment or test question, as your heart races and mind draws a complete blank. However, some kids have the, shall we say, gumption to think outside the box and offer imaginative responses that may not exactly earn them top grades, but certainly provide us with giggles.
Santa isn’t the only one with a crazy holiday travel schedule — many of us parents also find ourselves traveling near and far, so that our families can spend the holidays with loved ones. The only difference is that we don’t have the luxury of lightning-fast reindeer to haul everybody around. So if you’re one of us who are stuck traveling by more pedestrian methods, I’ve come up with seven Murphy’s Laws of Holiday Travel to help you prepare:
When it comes to Pinterest, usernames can be quite revealing about the woman behind the name. Craft ideas, cocktail recipes and 25 ways to tie a scarf…oh my! With more than 30 billion — yes, BILLION — pins on Pinterest, women clearly spend a lot of time on the social network. We all know that what we pin reflects on us, but what about the Pinterest usernames that we choose?
August is Romance Awareness Month! So we’re dimming the lights, cracking open the wine and sighing to our spouse: “Remember how romantic we were before kids?”. Yes, children add many wonderful dimensions to our lives, but enhanced romance isn’t exactly one of them. So, how does the language of love change after having kids?
Remember when summer was about relaxation and fun? Yeah, me neither. Once you become a parent, those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer fade into a distant memory, replaced by a new reality of endless chauffeuring and whines of “What can I do now?!”. Although spending more time with the kiddos certainly can have its bright spots, the nonstop demands and activity would wear down even Wonder Woman after a while (but at least she’s smart enough to arm herself with a lasso).
In a world that feeds comedians with an endless stream of material – bad drivers and in-laws and leather jogging pants… oh my! – why has the subject of women’s weight, of all things, become their go-to “joke”? Making fun of women’s looks isn’t just mean – it’s also bad comedy. Lame, lazy, snore-worthy comedy.