Today we are celebrating International Woman's Day by starting a new feature called Meet our Amazing Moms. I am so inspired by the stories I hear from moms living in NYC and the joys and challenges of raising children in this amazing city. I know how much of a hustle and juggle it can be to make it work, whether you a stay at home mom, a full time working mom, or like me something in-between.
I’m sorry. These are words that I know all too well and I say far too often in my life. Not because I have done so many things wrong that I need to apologize for, but because I can’t do everything. There is not enough time in the day to do it all for my kids, my employer, my husband, my friends, and myself. I’m sorry I was so slow to respond to your email; I’m sorry I can’t be there for mom’s breakfast day at school; I’m sorry I was late to pick you up; I’m sorry that I have to reschedule again…and so on and so on. I am a working mom, and this is all I can do.
Benjamin was just 19 months old when Jack was born. He wasn’t even a year old when I became pregnant with Jack. I was totally nauseous and exhausted on his first birthday, and he was barely weaned! Now, I’m weeks away from adding another infant to my toddler craziness, and I’m probably in complete denial about what’s coming. But, I have to say, I’ve started emerging from the dark tunnel of toddler and babies into the light!
really did it. I surprised myself to be honest. I used the new nitrous oxide gas and avoided the epidural!
It was my second birth in two years. The first one was traumatic – I had planned for an unmedicated delivery. I chose a midwife, and booked in at the birthing center, but it ended up being horrific.
January signals the beginning of another year: New beginnings, new possibilities…same old me. How can anything new come into our lives if we are full to the brim? It is a time to let go of the things we no longer need, no longer use or love, a time to let go of the habits that no longer serve us. It is an excellent time to declutter not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As part of this year’s resolutions I felt inspired to let go of watching TV but that’s another story.
Have you heard the buzz about homework and how it may be totally overrated? Many elementary school teachers are opting their classrooms out and even some prestigious high schools are doing away with homework requirements. This leaves lots of parents asking if all the worksheets, study guides, and projects really benefit students while simultaneously questioning how kids will learn to be responsible and disciplined without the age-old practice of doing homework. The punch line is: homework continues to drive parents crazy no matter how you look at!
Many parents who’ve been there will tell you that having a two-year-old is a cakewalk compared to having a three-year-old.
Not one to be bested by a preschooler, I decided to figure out what was going on with my boy, and how to fix it. It took a lot of reading and a few shifts in my parenting, but we eventually hit our stride.
I am four years and eleven months into the parenting gig.This is, in my opinion, more than enough time for the rose-colored mom-glasses that I initially wore to be broken and added to the pile in my house of other things my kids have broken.My three children are spaced closely enough that the hubs and I regularly ask one another, “What were we thinking?” in desperation (and we’re only half-kidding.)
One of my duties as grandmother to my granddaughter, Louise, is to give her her meal before her mom comes to collect her. Louise of eighteen months is a happy healthy toddler who is a delight to care for. She knows I love her dearly however I have become increasingly aware that for her to become kind, appreciative andpleasant as we all need to be, this needs to be effectively taught rather than just hoped for.
Well, you have probably got your baby to three spoon-feeds a day by now and it is time to introduce some protein foods. Your baby should guide you but if at first he spits out your tender offerings you should persevere and shove it back. The idea is to give him a variety of foodstuffs aiming to give him a well balanced diet.
The conversation at my local playgroup, whereI attend with my baby granddaughter, got round to weaning. The problems with weaning, when to start, what to give, how often and how much. It would seem that we mothers all struggle with weaning despite the amount of literature out there and the availability of on-line material.