Save Money by Planning Ahead

Dear overachiever mom who attached stuffed animals to the Valentine’s Day cards your kid passed out at school last week:  I don’t hate you.  Never mind, that all my 8-year-old Scotch-taped to her Snoopy Love Day cards were small packages of Skittles.  Not six-inch plush puppies.  I’m sure you never intended to make the rest of us parents feel like inadequate, uninspired, cheap losers. Listen, I considered flexing my creative muscle and having my kid attach snack-sized bags of peanuts to the cards.  Get it?  Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy… the Peanuts gang?  Of course, sending nuts to school in this … Continue reading

A Baby Will Turn You Into Someone Different Than You’ve Ever Imagined

My youngest sister has her first baby now. And, as a result, I think I have become her go-to person when she is wondering anything about motherhood. From breastfeeding, to “what’s that!”, to “should I worry?” questions, it has brought us a little closer as sisters. We are 8 years apart in age, but now it seems like now that she is a Mom, we have plenty to talk about. I look at her reaction to things and smile now that I have have survived 3 newborns. She texted me the other day to let me know that she had … Continue reading

Moms Behaving Badly

It’s not a good idea to drive around with your child attached to the roof of your vehicle. In other news, the sky is blue. File this one under: Stupid parental decisions, and give Jackie Denise Knott a prize (see: jail time) for personifying the definition of a word that Webster has yet to list: CLUELESSNESS! The Alabama mom allegedly endangered her 13-year-old daughter’s life, just so she could get a large cardboard box home in one piece. We’ve all been there before, right? We purchase an empty cardboard box at the store, but when we get out to the … Continue reading

How Often are you Mad at Dad?

“I don’t need a husband… what I need is a wife.” How often have you heard your frustrated mom friends utter that doozy? Or, are you the one who constantly complains about your hubby’s lack of parental involvement? If so, you aren’t alone–far from it, in fact. According to a new study, nearly 52% of women report being angry with their husbands at least once a week. That number increases to more than 60% among moms with kids under the age of one. So why are moms so mad at dad? According to the survey: 44% of moms feel angry … Continue reading

Moms Rock at Tech Stuff

For all you tech-savvy moms, who have spent hundreds of hours retrieving lost computer files, installing programs to protect your children from online predators and creating spreadsheets to organize your kid’s lives, your hard work is finally being validated. A new study shows that good ol’mom is the most computer literate member in the family. Go MOM! Call it a gender thing, because the study also found that more than 94 percent of girls are computers proficient, compared to 88 percent of boys. The research conducted by Britain’s University of Hertfordshire included 4,600 children ages six to 14 and aimed … Continue reading

Becoming the Mom You Never Thought You’d Be

Attention Girl Scout cookie lovers: FYI–The Girl Scouts have issued a statement saying that their cookies are not affected by the current peanut butter warning. I just got the “breaking news” from my Girl Scout mommy pal Brenda. Here’s the irony: Unlike in years past when we would be reporting this type of news at the local TV station we worked at together, we now get it from our kids. Or at least she does. Yes, my once ultra-career oriented pal is now a stay-at-home mom to a Girl Scout Brownie. What’s more, she’s driving the minivan she swore she … Continue reading

Moms Sacrifice for Kids During the Holidays

In other news… the sky is blue and snow is white. For days I have resisted responding to the now infamous New York Times article, “To Buy Children’s Gifts, Mothers Do Without.” But the brouhaha that has followed its printing has become so phenomenal I figured I might as well add my two-cents worth. As you can imagine the article with the extremely trite title received a backlash of vicious replies from mothers around the world. “To Buy Children’s Gifts, Mothers Do Without.” DUH!! When don’t mothers do without? Before I continue on my soapbox I should note that the … Continue reading

The Mommy Sense of Hearing

As I help my preschool daughter put on her dress, I hear a loud crash in the dining room where my toddler is coloring. Instantly, I can identify the most probable source of the noise. After a few years of mom-hood, you learn to distinguish various noises to figure out what is going on. I swear that I can even hear it when someone drops a single moist macaroni on the floor. You can hear the scratch scratch of scribbling on the wall and tell whether it is coming from a pencil (not the end of the world, I’ll get … Continue reading

Baby Blog Month in Review: August 2008

Isn’t it crazy the way babies grow so quickly? It seems that you just get used to one stage and boom they are already into another. Tonight, were busy getting the household all set for my eldest child’s first day of second grade. My two younger ones are excited and want to start school, too. It will be a busy month. Don’t worry about the missing last week of blogs. I’ve gotten quite a few questions about where I have been. The Baby Blog tends to go on hiatus the last week of the month. That may change in the … Continue reading

News Flash: Moms Work Hard

Subtitle: DUH! A new European poll studying the amount of work an average mother completes in a day yielded some less than shocking results. (What surprised me more is why they conducted the poll in the first place.) According to the new survey, the average mother is overworked. Now, how many of us really needed an official poll to come to that conclusion? The survey found that the average mother works five-and-a-half hours a day at a paid job but also spends 45 minutes preparing meals, 42 minutes completing household chores, and 31 minutes shopping for groceries. Add to that … Continue reading