Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family.
My daughter Maya will be turning the big o-n-e next month and the pressure is mounting to plan her birthday party. I’m finding myself getting caught up in the details because I want the day to go perfectly. But let's be honest for a second, first birthday parties are really for the adults!
I have spent pretty much every moment of my daughter’s life with her since she made her debut a little over 10 months ago. Outside of the few afternoons and evenings with her dad and grandma, we’ve been joined at the hip. After almost a year of trying to be supermom, something has become crystal clear. It’s not her, it’s me—but we need to have some time apart. I need to find a babysitter.
Another day, another thing you’re not doing right as a parent. In this week’s news, you’re probably giving your kid too many baths. I came across this blog entry on the Washington Post that proclaims a bath everyday is too much.
A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I had a friend over who brought her teenage daughter and one of her classmates. The girls sat on the couch, headphones on and eyes glued to their smart phones. They weren’t talking to us or each other. When asked what their favorite subject was in school, one replied, “None of them."
I’m not going to get on my high horse and write an essay about how technology is ruining our kids and how things were so much better “back in my day." But I would be lying if I said I didn’t find the encounter troubling. My experience with these teens may have been an extreme example, but the way kids today interact with each other and the world is…different.
I knew this day would come. It wasn't a matter of if, but when. It was my first time getting sick as mom. Really sick. A sinus infection with a side of bronchitis, to be exact. To make matters worse, the baby girl was sick too. A high fever, congestion, runny nose, the whole nine yards. And the cherry on top, her dad was out of town on a business trip.
Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear it. “Are you having more kids? Maya needs a brother or sister!” I don’t have a problem with getting that question. I have siblings and my daughter has older step-siblings. However, I did begin to wonder why many people believe children need siblings.
I just bought my first ever blender. Crazy, right? I’ve been having a hard time getting fruit and vegetables into my diet recently so I figured making a smoothie a day would be the perfect solution.
Long before the thought of becoming a mother was on my radar, I was well aware that caring for these tiny people is pricey. We generally all agree these raising children is expensive, but what that means to each person is different.
It may not feel like it, but summer will be here before you know it. And for most parents, that means finding the best summer overnight camp or day camp program for your children. Summer camp is awesome; I attended quite a few in my pre-teen years. I gained confidence and character, made long lasting relationships, accomplished things I didn't think I could, stayed active physically and mentally, and created lifelong memories. However, all kids are different and careful thought and consideration should be taken to make sure they attend a camp that is the right fit.