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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For All You Concerned Parents Out There, It’s Time To Stand Up

kids have to be taught to hate, because it's very easy for them to love others
For the sake of our world and our children’s futures, it’s time to teach them to fight.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough.

There’s only so much I can do to protect my kids from the realities of this cruel world. They go off to school and hear all sorts of things from the other kids. I’ve had to convince Reese several times through tears at bedtime that no wall will ever come between our family. I’ve had to explain why people are often treated so poorly just because they look different, and why at no point is that ever acceptable. I’ve had to remind myself that she’s only eight, and it’s a travesty that she’s already having to learn that this world is only tolerant of your lifestyle and beliefs if they aren’t radically different from everyone else’s. Continue reading “For All You Concerned Parents Out There, It’s Time To Stand Up”

Sick Kids Are Ruining My Nap Schedule

Having sick kids is an interesting thing. Judge me all you want, but my first thought (after hoping it’s nothing serious and that they get healthy soon, of course) is usually, “I hope she sleeps and I can take a nap.” Sometimes staying home with a sick kid is a walk in the park. They fall asleep in their bed or in your lap, only to wake up every few hours needing some water and a snack, leaving you with time to catch up on work, clean up the house a bit, or, yes, even take a nap.

And then there are those times where they’re sick, but refuse to acknowledge it. Continue reading “Sick Kids Are Ruining My Nap Schedule”

Mindful Eating: Teach Your Kids To Listen To Their Bodies – Not To Clean Their Plate

Why do we even bother trying to take our kids out to eat?

Maybe this is just an issue in our family, but I’d love to know how much money we’ve wasted in uneaten kids meals at restaurants. On second thought… maybe I don’t want to know that. But it has to be pretty high. We’ll sit down at a restaurant, ask our kids what they’d like to eat, and there’s almost always an enthusiastic answer. In the minutes following, there are usually a couple occurrences of the question, “When is our food going to be here?” When the food finally arrives, everyone digs in. And then seconds later, inevitably, one of them will say they’re full – with nearly an entire plate of food still sitting there.

Come on, kid! I just paid six bucks for that pasta, and you swore you were hungry! Continue reading “Mindful Eating: Teach Your Kids To Listen To Their Bodies – Not To Clean Their Plate”