Spanking has a much greater stigma than it did a mere twenty years ago. When I was in school, paddlings were not uncommon, even at school. Today, many people have backed away from spanking as a discipline tool. However, I found one Christian parenting board where people were discussing spanking in a much different way than the mainstream. (more…)
What happens when you wake up, realize you are middle-aged, and the life that surrounds you is not really the life you want? I can’t claim to know the Definitive Truth, because everyone’s answer to that question will be different. What I can do is share with you some of the insights I’ve come to while I’ve struggled to answer this question over the past five years or so. And yes, this does have to do with parenting–in fact, being a parent is really at the heart of my dilemma.
It’s raining in Gotham today It was supposed to rain in Gotham today, so here is a little cartoon fun to share with the kids. Here are some classics that are still pretty fun for little ones. Don’t forget the “Mommy Juice.” (more…)
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…)
Elimination Communication is a hot trend among some crowds. But, did you know, it’s also a business? It’s not necessarily all about going back to nature. There are lots of things you can buy to show that you’re committed to elimination communication. There is also plenty of money to be made on these products. (more…)
All children are special but some are more special than others. Is your snowflake as special as he/she can be or are you an underachieving parent? Take our handy quiz: (more…)
Sometimes, a person will post something unbelievably horrid on a mommy board. It will be bad enough to make you wonder why anyone would associate, much less mate with them. I found just such a post on dcurbanmoms. There were many people that were as horrified as me. Yet, there were others that sympathized with the original poster. Note: SES stands for socio-economic status. (more…)
Today’s post on abandoned places will focus on deserted amusement parks and the screaming children who once frequented them. This is why we can’t have nice things. (more…)
A couple who believes in faith healing, Herbert and Catherine Schaible, has just lost their second child due to lack of medical attention. The couple was on probation after their two year-old son’s death from bacterial pneumonia in 2009. Their eight month old son died last week after he had breathing problems and diarrhea for at least a week. Their other children were placed in foster care. (more…)
Did you know this week (April 21-27) is the first annual “Go Diaper-Free” week? It has been thus declared by godiaperfree.com and the site’s owner, Andrea Olson. The site sells her book EC Simplified. (more…)
This one came from Mothering.com, which is a natural living forum. There are many anti-vaccine people on this forum. This debate got long and heated and some posts were nearly a page long. The moderator finally shut it down after something like 300 posts. I selected a few fun exchanges for you. (more…)
Teen Mom Farrah Abraham has been in the news a lot lately. It seems that she is making a desperate attempt to hold on to the fleeting fame she got from Teen Mom. The series ended in 2012. (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…)
This morning on my Facebook page, a dear friend posted a link of a letter a working mom wrote to her daughter (and to the world) in response to her daughter’s question: “do you love work more than you love my brother and me?” What a gut-wrenching question for a mom to answer. Of course, the mom answered that she loved her kids more than work, but her reasoning just adds some fuel to the working mom/stay at home mom battles.
Just so you know my bias: I am a mom that straddles the working mom/SAHM fence – I work part time, but I view my primary job as being a mother.
My son has been busy making his birthday list for days. He asked for a book that I thought, at first, was a joke. It turns out that I had a lot to learn. (more…)