I have been thinking lately about why motherhood is such an isolating experience. I mean, millions of other women all around the world are doing exactly what I am doing- mothering- right at this moment. I have dozens of friends with children, and I would not consider myself to be socially isolated. And yet still, […]
Have you ever been a mean mommy? I know I have.
When my brother and I reached elementary school and beyond, we often behaved poorly at the dinner table. Whining, bickering, complaining- we did it all. “Why can’t mealtime just be pleasant?” our disgruntled mother would lament. Years later, we would mock her (sorry, Mom) for this June Cleaver-ish sentiment, but as with all things parenting, […]
Do you have double standards in your marriage? Are you ever unreasonable with your expectations?
You may think I am referring to children taking turns having tantrums or behaving poorly, but you would be wrong. In my experience, it is always open season when it comes to kids freaking out. The idea of courteous turn-taking being applied to siblings in crisis is laughable. No, I am talking about parents taking […]
You cannot pick up a magazine or log onto Facebook without reading about the ubiquitous “Mommy Wars.” Here is what the media would have us believe about the adversaries featured in these so-called “wars”: Breastfeeding moms vs. moms who formula feed Working moms vs. stay at home moms Moms who co-sleep vs. those who don’t […]
In the parenting world, we are continually made aware of all the things we should and shouldn’t be doing. There is an overwhelming amount of information available to us via the media, books, articles, and of course “friendly” advice from other parents, directing us towards the right way to discipline, provide nutrition, entertain, educate, and […]
There is a reason sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture; another unfortunate side effect of this state is what I call “parental paralysis.”
There. I said it. Shocked? Why is this so hard for parents to admit? Of course, I must now rush to add the supremely important next word to the end of that confession- sometimes.Certainly I would never want anyone to think I spent every minute of the day feeling irritated by my own flesh and […]
As my daughter approaches six years old, I have been chagrined at the continuing sass, whining, and uncooperative behavior we encounter from her daily. Trips out in public often end badly, with her begging for treats or toys or complaining about some perceived inadequacy in our outing. Frequently the negativity in our house leaves me […]