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Tag Archive: Parenting

Real Mom Talk: Tips for Moving with Kids
August 11, 2015 8:51 pm | by

 year my husband and I went through a huge undertaking in our marriage: we moved! It was a long-anticipated and exciting time. But it was not without challenges! With 3 kids, our jobs, and an underwater mortgage, at times it felt insurmountable. We were living in our starter home: a tiny, 75-year-old bungalow about 5 minutes from where I grew up. We brought our first baby home, then the recession hit, which meant a loss of equity and lots of sweat and tears! A couple years later we brought home our second baby and started experiencing true growing pains that come

Real Mom Talk: Summer Activities for the Family
June 8, 2015 9:03 pm | by

Finding summer activities for kids who range in age can be challenging.  Older kids get bored.. the younger guys can’t sit still, so what’s a good middle ground? For the last few summers, I’ve watched seven (yes, seven) kids, ranging in ages 1-13. From this experience, I’ve found it IS possible to have a good summer that’s packed with engaging, budget-friendly activities for everyone. Hike/Walk/Ride: Everyone, not matter the age, enjoys spending time outdoors and getting a good dose of fresh air. Head to the park or bike trail and let the older kids bring their scooter if there’s a path. Bring a box to collect leaves

Real Mom Talk: 20 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Mom
May 14, 2015 8:50 pm | by

Caring for a baby is something you don’t really know.. until you KNOW. Everyone sure has a lot of advice to share when they see your growing baby belly. Take some of it with a grain of salt, or heck — dismiss it all! With that being said, here’s what I’ve learned in my brief 8 months of parenting. For context, I’m a neurotic non-perfectionist and this list refers only to BABIES (really just my baby) and not CHILDREN. I don’t know a thing about children yet. Figure out the pump ahead of time. You may find yourself sobbing at 1:00

Real Mom Talk: The Sisterhood of Motherhood
May 12, 2015 8:12 pm | by

When I returned to work after having my third baby, I can’t tell you how many times people would shake their head and say, “I just don’t know how you do it!” As if I was crazy for trying to keep my job and raise children at the same time. These comments usually didn’t come from men either! I heard it from other women, even other moms! Perhaps it was my post-partum hormones, but I took it as a back-handed compliment—even though they probably said it with good intentions. The thing is, I didn’t feel like I was doing “it” very

Real Mom Talk: Why You Are a Good Mom
May 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by

Every mom is a good mom.  You wake up early every morning to feed your kids breakfast — whether it’s cereal, eggs, or a quick granola bar. You’re up, working hard, to get your kids ready for the day… even if you had a rough night with a sleepless child and could use a few extra ZZzzZs. Every mom is a good mom.  You may need a shower from constantly being on the go, but instead, you pull your hair back, throw on a pair of sweatpants, and sport that “tired mom” look with a smile. Every mom is a good

Real Mom Talk: Choosing Cloth Diapers
March 23, 2015 8:48 pm | by

I’ve worked at Cotton Babies for nearly five years. So when I became pregnant, I knew I would cloth diaper my baby. But what surprised me about cloth is that I had A TON of questions — even though I was surrounded by diapers! The first big question: Which system do I want to use? I remember my sister asking me the same question when she had her first baby. I had no idea what to recommend at the time so I said try a little bit of everything to see what works best for you. But when it came to choosing

Real Mom Talk: Perceptions of Being a Mom Vs. Reality
February 4, 2015 7:18 pm | by

Everyone has an idea of what the perfect mom is. She is beautiful and kind, never ever yells or gets angry, and provides every meal without processed sugar or flour.Her house has no dust bunnies and she definitely doesn’t wear sweatpants to the library. She is always providing educational opportunities for learning and growing. We all see her on social media. We strive to be perfect like her when in reality, it really isn’t reality. It is a perception of what is real and it is (very) unobtainable. With the flood of information that is so readily available at our fingertips, we also bear the

Thursday Giveaway: Energy = Milk + Cuddles
January 21, 2015 4:45 pm | by

Who could use a quick boost of energy right now? *Raises hand* As parents, we do so much — often to the point we wear ourselves down and we’re ready to just crash. Let’s take a break from all the hustle and bustle and think about what what gives us energy. Is it a cup of coffee, a full eight hours of sleep, exercising or a healthy meal? Now imagine if you’re a baby and ask yourself the same question: what helps you make it through the day? Milk and cuddles seems to be the winning combo. If your little one

Real Mom Talk: Dealing With Stress
January 13, 2015 8:49 pm | by

Stress can be such a bother when you are a busy parent. Not only does it affect you as an individual, but it can have a role on your family as well. Stress can be caused by many different things and can cause a lot of trouble. Knowing how to properly deal with stress can make your life so much easier and peaceful. Here are a few things I do to deal with stress on a regular basis.  Don’t sweat the small stuff. My house being untidy stresses me out. A few months ago, I realized how much it was

Real Mom Talk: Meeting Parents
October 8, 2014 7:26 pm | by

Being a parent is a peculiar mix of never being alone, yet frequently being lonely. While it’s incredibly rewarding to raise children, it’s also isolating and, let’s face it, a little boring at times. I love Play-Doh as much as anybody else, but there comes a point (usually 45-60 minutes in) where I want to have an adult conversation.   Enter other parents. They can relate to you, hold your kid while you pee, not care when your toddler throws a tantrum, and offer some much-needed social interaction. But how do you meet other parents? Where do you start? Well, it’s