There’s nothing more fulfilling than starting your day at 5am, comforting toddlers who woke up because of a nightmare, and then spending the rest of the day preparing meals, picking up things off the floor, and making sure the kids don’t get crushed by a big ass shelf before my breadwinner husband comes home. Ahhh heaven...
I surveyed the other moms in our office, asking them what other fun activities I should be introducing to my bub.Some suggested that I keep my kid busy with music lessons, literacy classes, and sports. One of my colleagues, on the other hand, Amy, a mom of five boys and obviously more experienced in this whole parenting gig than I am, shocked me with her answer...
Discipline is all about teaching children how to act appropriately and safely.The goal is to encourage good behavior in the child in order to raise an emotionally mature adult in the future. And I’m telling you, it is not a walk in the park.
Or maybe it is a walk in the park...Jurassic Park.
I’m a list person. Even before becoming a rockstar stay-at-home mom, I’ve always been a fan of lists—grocery lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, you name it! My type A personality craved order and organization, and list-making was a surefire way to help me achieve just that. Barely a week after I added “mom” to my portfolio, I learned that the list I made was no newborn checklist after all—it was a shitlist! Nothing—not even my newborn baby starter kit— prepared me for the soul-crushing, mountain-moving, universe-imploding journey that was to come!
Raising two daughters is both difficult and rewarding; raising them alone? It’s amazing and wonderful and meaningful—but it is also hard. REALLY HARD. It gets even more difficult in a world where everything comes in pairs, proclaiming that two is better than one.
Is it still possible to raise kids sans gadgets these days? This is a question I’m sure every millennial parent has asked at one point or another. Having read tons of research about how screen time in excess can be harmful to infants and toddlers, I was hell-bent on raising a gadget-free child. Now three and a half years into motherhood, and I’d like to tell all the iPad-wielding parents out there I’m sorry. I’m sorry I used to go all Judgy McJudgerson on you because you let your kids stay glued to a screen. Not anymore, people. Not anymore.
Before getting pregnant, I maintained a healthy weight of 50 kilos, went to the gym and did yoga three times a week, and ate as well as I could. I loved my body, and I loved showing it off (which is probably the reason why I got pregnant ;) ). After announcing my pregnancy, though, everyone warned me that not only was I going to lose sleep, I was also going to lose the body I worked hard for and then, well...gain weight.
Nailing the latch, surviving sleep regressions, embracing your new body, and going on a girls’ night out—these are only some of the most memorable markers moms hit along the motherhood trail. While they may receive less fanfare than our child’s, these often-uncelebrated sweet spots of parenting life can make an ordinary day feel magical. One milestone that parents both dread and look forward to the most is succeeding in this sticky, stinky business calledpotty training.
So what exactly comes next after you confirm that you’re expecting? Whether this was a planned pregnancy or not, there are a few important next steps you should think about and take as you wait to meet the miracle growing inside your belly.
Sit down and take a deep breath. In this post, we break down the top things you need to do when you find out you’re pregnant.
When buying clothes for your newborn, common sense trumps fashion sense. Babies don’t need a huge variety of cute and colorful outfits for the first few weeks of life because they grow up really fast. So for now, your top priority should be keeping baby safe and comfortable.
My labor and delivery experience didn’t go exactly as I hoped and planned for. The contractions were fast and furious, definitely nothing like my friends had told me. I got to 10 centimeters dilated in 8 hours, and then I was told to push. But after more than an hour of pushing with no baby to show for it, the doctors told me we would have to consider a c-section.