Category Archives: Parenting Advice

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April 13, 2016 | 1 comment

Worst End-of-the-School-Year Mom

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

If you refuse to buy your kids new pants even though they are way too short because you know they’ll be wearing shorts in a few more days, then you are an end-of-the-school-year mom. Also, this is totally what I’m wearing to preschool drop-off. I’m the mom in the middle smoking a cig showing off my belly.

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February 21, 2016 | 2 comments

14 Milestones Your Pediatrician Won’t Mention

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

2. On vacation, you can have a cocktail around the pool without imminent fear of drowning. I’ve had mine in formal swim lessons since 6-months old in order to accomplish this. My kids can now actually swim without assistance. Stay tuned – spring break is bound to be interesting.

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February 11, 2016 | No comments yet

Valentine’s Day Madness

in Holiday/Seasonal, Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

You probably won’t be pinning it to any Valentine’s day boards on Pinterest. Unless, of course, you have a board entitled, “Crap I send to school with kids.” If you do, please pin away. Pin away, ladies. Here’s my shoe box lovingly covered in wrinkled pink wrapping paper.

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February 4, 2016 | No comments yet

Montessori Preschool Was Not For Me

in Kid Time, Parenting Advice

Many parents are trying to select preschools for their children at this time of year. There are many considerations: proximity to your home; schedule; and quality of program. Most importantly, the school and its philosophy have to fit your family’s and child’s personalities.

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December 7, 2015 | 2 comments

How To Teach A Kindergartener to Tie His Shoes

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

He’s six-years-old, riding the bus every day to full-day kindergarten, but he doesn’t own a pair of shoes with laces.

At the beginning of the school year, his teacher made an announcement on her webpage that three students are in the shoe-lacing club. OK, three out of twenty-four. We’re not really behind. Last week, I asked him if there were still just three kids in that club. “There’s thirteen

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November 30, 2015 | No comments yet

10 Ways to Optimize Your Morning Routine

in Get More Time, Kid Time, Parenting Advice

Your kids are taking forever to eat their breakfast, brush their teeth, and put on their socks. You have five minutes to get them into the car before you’ll be officially late for school, dance class, daycare, or grandma’s house. No matter what time you get up in the morning, getting them dressed, fed, and into the car with all their stuff takes so much time, you’re always late. And longing for the days before kids when you could simply go to the car with only your keys and leave the house without making sure everyone remembered to put on pants. Sound familiar?

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November 3, 2015 | 2 comments

Who Wants to Marry my Six-Year Old Son?

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

As my kindergartener exited the bus today, the little girl who’s seated next to him yelled through the open door to me, “I’m going to marry him.”

“What?” I squealed to my son who bounded down the bus steps beaming from ear to ear. “I send you to kindergarten and you come back with a wife?”

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October 27, 2015 | No comments yet

The Worst Thing About Being A Mom

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The Worst Thing About Being A Mom

My new Spanish sister-in-law asked me on our summer vacation at the beach, “What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?”

A million things flashed through my mind. None of them original, however. They were the standard complaints that you always hear about lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of exercise, lack of adult interaction, lack of self, lack of decent clothes, lack of sex.

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October 20, 2015 | No comments yet

10 Random Collections that i Never Thought I´d Have in my Home

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

As a mother of a six and four-year-old, I realize that my home is going to contain some amount of plastic crap. The endless collections of dolls, LEGO sets, action figures, books, kindles, DVDs, CDs, cars, trains, trucks, board games, Disney figurines, BarbiesPretty Ponies, crayons, and makers are standard issue for any boy and girl. For my husband and me, I stock plenty of bottles of wine (see my post – 6 Things My Kids Know About Alcohol). But, I’ve compiled a list of the random things that my kids love to collect.

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October 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Are My Kids Too Big for a Double Stroller?

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

We’re celebrating my son’s sixth birthday and my daughter’s fourth this weekend.

After several outings this past summer, I’d come home and think, it’s time to retire the double stroller. My husband disagreed. “It’s so great that they still want to go in it,” he’d said. “You get to extend all your outings since they can rest in there.”

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