You learn a lot about a spouse or partner over the years together. However, there are some things you don’t learn until you have a child together. There are certain stresses and positive moments that teach you a lot about the person you’re with. (more…)
Birthdays are so exciting when you are a child. There’s cake, presents and all kinds of excitement. We celebrated my son’s seventh birthday yesterday and he was so excited that he woke up at 6:30 am. That is stunningly unusual for him. (more…)
My children love my phone. I let them play with it to distract them all the time. (more…)
Modern parenting is sometimes hard because you get so much information. There are a zillion things you could be doing wrong at any given moment. It’s easy to forget that in the hassle of things, there are many things that you are doing right. (more…)
Matt Damon and his wife are supposedly holding a huge vow-renewal ceremony. I have to confess that I really don’t understand this phenomenon. The only time I understand a vow-renewal ceremony is when a couple has split up for a while. (more…)
Get your mind out of the gutter, I don’t mean key party despite the fact I live in Connecticut. I’m referring to the show Celebrity Wife Swap. Apparently Kate Gosselin, mother of eight children, and Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, former girlfriend to Hugh Hefner, swapped lives for a week and hijinks ensued. Yeah, I didn’t watch it either, but it did get me thinking.
It is easy for me to rattle off with whom I wouldn’t want to trade places: any Kardashian (too shallow), Britney Spears (too crazy), Sarah Jessica Parker (her husband strikes me as a weenie), Snooki (enough said), or Rachel Zoe (I don’t care about fashion). Picking who I would swap with is much harder. I’m thinking I wouldn’t mind swapping with Posh Spice – David Beckman is yummy and her boys look like fun. Also, once Princess Catherine pops the heir out, I think I wouldn’t mind being a princess for a week either.
Which celebrity would you trade places with and why? (more…)
There’s a fine line to walk when it comes to children and funerals. Obviously, it’s important to make sure the child does not disrupt the service in any way. However, when the child is old enough to behave, the child may be confused or concerned by the service. The child could easily end up with a lot of questions and concerns, especially if it’s the child’s first exposure to a real life death. (more…)
British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark stirred up some major controversy at the end of the year. While on a radio show December 19th, Premier Clark was asked what it was like to be a MILF. Her reply, ““You know, I take that as a compliment-Better a MILF than a cougar.” Hmm. Not sure I agree with her thinking. (more…)
Your Child’s Self-Esteem was popular in 1988 and has some dated views on human sexuality but right around that time, the research for the book I’m currently reading: Gay Men Choosing Parenthood, was beginning.
When you hire a babysitter, you are opening yourself up to a world of possibilities. At best, you find someone who amuses your child while you get a much-needed break. At worst, well, you get the kind of stories you can tell in this column.
So far, my best story is having the babysitter run late on our wedding anniversary, only to not show at all. Instead of eating at the new Italian restaurant I was drooling over, we spent the evening eating hotdogs and dancing to VH1’s greatest pop hits. As sexy as this sounds, it was even less sexy in real life because the 3 year old and the six year old were present. So much for our ninth anniversary. Maybe next year will be wilder. (more…)
Parenting is rich with love, laughter, tears and most of all, advice. Some of it is good, some is bad, sometimes the advice is outdated and some of it is just plain weird.
I think the strangest piece of advice I got was about dealing with biting babies. My son bit me a few times when he was about 8 months old. A few people suggested that I bite him back. Really? Bite a baby? No. There is no way I am going to bite a baby.
Please share your stories of bizarre advice. Have people given you ideas about weird things you should feed your children? Have they tried to talk you into unusual education choices? What about discipline? There is always plenty advice to go around, it seems. (more…)