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Drinking to Help Your Marriage

Crassparenting has just won a Top 25 Funny Mom Blog contest. In addition to the countless appeals here and on twitter from a variety of very funny moms, one thing struck me when looking over this talented bunch of women: this is a boozy crowd. I recommend you take a look at the blogs of these funny ladies and you will see what I am talking about: Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine, Moms who drink and swear, Toulouse and Tonic, Somewhat Sane Mom, I like Beer and Babies. (more…)

Does Being a Mom Mean Being Judgemental?

“I heard she hired a nanny even though she doesn’t work full time.”

“They let their child eat McDonald’s every week.”

“I know for a fact that her son doesn’t have a regular bedtime.”

“She yells at her kids all the time. I’ve heard her.”

“Their dad buys them candy all the time.” (more…)

Fever! Starve it? Feed it? Treat it? What to do?

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Ok, what is a fever and why do we get them?  More importantly, what to do?  As with many health issues, the answer to the second question revolves around, “It depends.” Of course, there’s the old saw: Feed a cold, starve a fever.  Is that advice we can trust?

Let’s start with the “executive summary:” (more…)

Pot Calls Kettle Black: When The Pot is Your Parent Criticizing Your Parenting

imageMy Dad was visiting us this week to spend time with my sons – one is almost-5 years old and the other is 2 years old. After a few days, my Dad sat me down to have a talk about how out of control dinner time had become. Let me step back and set up the scenario. Both boys are rowdy. They are loud, full of energy and opinionated. When it comes to food, they can be picky. After too many meals juggling different options, I have since laid down the law and everyone eats the same meal. If it is something completely new, the boys just have to try one bite. Sometimes even getting them to take one bite is a battle. Sometimes it is even a battle when I know they like the food! This was the scene that played out in front of my Dad. (more…)

Appreciating Your Partner Before and After Children

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Love relationships inevitably change over time. When you’re with a partner for a long time, you begin to appreciate different things about them There are, of course, the things that get on your nerves, but I’m not going to focus on that today. Instead, I want to talk about what you appreciated about your main squeeze before you had children and what you appreciate about them after the little ones showed up. (more…)

On Becoming an Empty Nester

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I have empty nest syndrome. My step-son just moved out of the home I share with my husband this June. Between the two of us we have four children, ages 29 through 22. My son is in the Army and lives in Hawaii and my husband’s three are scattered throughout our area. (more…)

Adventures in Swimming

swimmingWe started my four year old son in swimming lessons at the local rec center. My husband and I had talked about it for months before I finally got around to it. My sister lives in Florida and her two girls are fishes. They swim in their pool almost every day.  So I signed him up for Wee Paddler I. (more…)

Are Kim and Kanye Pranking Us?

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The Kanye-Kim baby name has supposedly been released. I’m not sure I buy it. North West? (more…)

Contenders for Father of the Year

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It’s Father’s Day and while all you are celebrating your dads, it’s important to ponder a question: Who is the World’s Best Dad? Now, I know many of you are tempted to say “my dad!” But, have you really considered the possibilities? There are some great contenders out there. (more…)

Your Online Overparenting Resource

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Overparenting is one of the more striking trends created by Generation X. Many children of this generation grew up with minimal parenting (remember latch-key kids?) Some have responded by swinging to the complete other side of the pendulum. They have channeled nearly all their energy into the business of parenting. They hover over their children, monitoring them as closely as possible. This is the art referred to as “helicopter parenting”, where parenting becomes a 24/7 active process. (more…)