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Memorial Day Reflections

We’re remembering all the fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. It’s also a nice time to relax with friends and family and maybe some encased meats. Holidays in general make me pause and take stock – of my life, of time, of my world.

My daughter is only five months old, but warnings to savor this time come uninvited from both friends and strangers. “They’ll be off to college in a blink.” “The longest shortest time.” I get the ‘longest’ part. In the middle of the night when she wakes up for another straight hour on the hour, those afternoons when we’re circling the block again to not wake her. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, reflect, reflection, grow, growing, Kids, enjoy, enjoyment

What, me worry?

I read an article yesterday about how just the act of worrying makes people miserable. Great! Now I can add the effect of worrying to my list of worries!

If you asked me a year ago if I was a worrier, I would have said no. Definitively no. I know that I can’t predict or avoid the pitfalls, and there will be pitfalls, so I don’t (usually) spend time on them before I have to. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, advice, calm, peace of mind, acceptance

The World is Your Delicious Oyster and Other Adventures

If you’re horrified that your child is tasting their way through the world, rest assured that someone else’s child has already been there.

Do I detect notes of goat, onion, and cumin in your armpit?

Escape from it all for Memorial Day! ('All’ but people; expect them to be everywhere!)

Locating to that new country will be hard on your kids. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, Travel, adventure, relocate, relocation, Memorial Day

What do you do to recharge?

Mommying is constant. There’s no way around it. Even when you’re not actively with your kids, you’re thinking about them, worrying about them, planning for them… you get it, you’re living it!

We have to be whole to be able to give to others more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, recharge, pamper, care, self, self-care, escape, time, alone

Step Away from the Screen!

Last week was Screen-Free Week. I didn’t notice because my eyes were on the prize: Mother’s Day, the best day of all.

Now that the mommy merriment has simmered down, I’m catching up on other things discussed in Internetland, which (paradoxically) included Screen-Free Week.

Parents are forced to think about screens from the start. There are clear reasons to turn off screens. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mommies, Mother, Mothers, parent, parenting, child, Children, Kid, Kids, baby, babies, teen, teens, youth development, Family, families, pediatrician, tablets, technology

Necessity, the Mother of Invention

I have hippy tendencies that bob to the surface but are usually whack-a-moled by my competing love of convenience. Communal living tiny houses (now with movement status), minimal personal hygiene (this one gets tempered pretty quickly by The Spouse and lingering looks from strangers), and a macrobiotic diet have all been suppressed for now. more more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, parent, Parents, parenting, youth, youth development, baby, babies, child, Children, Kid, Kids, teen, teens, Family, families, Community, communities, the y, YMCA

Happy Together

Even though I know my tiny person is unfolding and that I’ll just have to sit on my hands a little longer to get to let the nooks and crannies of her personality come to light, there are some things that I cannot wait to foist upon her. Today we checked off one such box: the swimming pool. more

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Seed Packages

We’ve all been forced recently to think about child rearing whether or not we’re rearing a child. Tiger MomTiger Mom II, and‘grit’ are familiar terms though we may not agree. Through trial and error (consider for a second what’s implied there), we’re slowly getting the formula tweaked just right to produce the most academically gifted and economically productive humans possible.

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Tags: YMCA, the y, parenting, Parents, Mom, Mommy, Mother, Mothers, Children, child, Kid, Kids, youth development, seeds, growing

The Roots of Empathy

I was a jerk. Not to say I'm not still a jerk, but I'm now at least aware of one specific way I was a jerk and  have ceased doing it. I was that person who was intolerant of babies on the plane. If I so much as heard the pre-cry squawks of our youngest people I'd roll my eyes wayward and think "I hope they're not seated near me." When those parents had the actual misfortune of sitting next to me, there may have been a time when I helpfully offered in the most jerkified voice I could muster: "Have you tried a pacifier?" more

Tags: Mom, Mommy, Mother, Mothers, parenting, advice, baby, babies, child, Children, Kids, Kid, raising the Y, YMCA, respect, values

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