3 Roles Parents Take On That We Probably Shouldn’t

Kids just want to have fun
This can’t be safe… right? But seriously, “Captain Safety” is one of the parenting roles I’d advise you drop. Now.

One of the most terrifying experiences I ever had as a parent was something that never actually happened.

After Reese was born, we had her sleep in a bassinet by our bed for the first few months. Occasionally, Kristi would bring her in to bed with us to feed her and give her some good bonding time. I had no problem with this – until the nightmares started. Continue reading “3 Roles Parents Take On That We Probably Shouldn’t”

Working Parents: Balancing Work and Life Is Never Simple

Working parents often have to miss moments like these
Working parents often have to miss out on moments like these. It’s impossible to be home with your kids 100% of the time (and probably not the best idea, anyway), so the best we can do is, well… the best we can do.

Last week, the internet was treated to a delightful dose of parenting reality when a BBC reporter’s professional interview was interrupted by his children. It was delicious chaos, that every parent can relate to.

Sometimes, parenting and careers don’t mix all that well. You want to get ahead at the office, but you need to be home at a regular time to pick up the kids. Or you’d like to come in early and get a head start on the day’s work, but you can’t because you have to get the kids to school first. Or sometimes you’re sidelined for a couple days at a time while the kids are sick or out of school for some reason. It’s tough to figure out how to prioritize being a parent and a career go-getter without sacrificing in one or both areas.

So, what’s the secret?

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Dad Wins Realest Parent of the Month Award for Live On-Air Family Chaos

I’ve never seen a better real-life depiction of what Parenting Reality is all about than this 43-second video:

I mean, come on! The guy is working, doing his best to be as professional as possible while being interviewed on live TV while working from home, and all that his kids want is to see what he’s up to. The mother bursts into the room – and I have to admit, I admire the level of effort she displays in trying to stay low, assuming this will help her stay out of sight of the camera – and all manner of chaos ensues. Crashing into walls, falling to the ground, kids screaming and getting run over. I mean… this is epic! Continue reading “Dad Wins Realest Parent of the Month Award for Live On-Air Family Chaos”

One Parent’s Tips For Coming Home After A Long Day

Coming home after a long day
Coming home after a long day can be tough. But when you have beautiful, loving, happy children counting on you, it’s best to try to find your inner child.

As excited as parents are at the end of the day to come home, throw on some comfy clothes, and just decompress, kids usually have other ideas.

For me, whether it’s my 8-year-old insisting on being the first one to give me a hug and nearly knocking me to the floor the minute I open the door, or my 4-year-old so happy to see me that she has to immediately start telling me ALL about whatever it was that she was just doing, coming home is both wonderful and exhausting. Continue reading “One Parent’s Tips For Coming Home After A Long Day”