It?s springtime. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the bees are a?buzzing. And yes, America?s favorite pastime (we don?t need to spell it out, do we?) is in full swing. But along with all these smile-inducing events, comes one not so thrilling springtime ritual. You got it -- the Big Clean. When you have children, this seasonal rite of passage is a bit more down … [Read more...] about Feel the Clean: Clear Out Your Rooms In Time for Spring
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I don’t know how many of you have been following this peanut allergy story in Florida, but here’s the lowdown. A 6-year-old girl at an elementary school in Edgewater had a peanut allergy so severe that she would have a reaction if she were to breathe traces of nut dust in the air. Her school took certain measures to accommodate her, but many parents became outraged by the … [Read more...] about How Far Should a School Go to Accommodate for Kids’ Allergies?
We just survived a holiday with my in-laws, and when I say in-laws I don’t just mean Daddy-o’s parents - I mean ALL of the in-laws. At the top of the family pecking order is the grand matriarch, Oma. She has five grown kids, one of whom is Daddy-o. The total headcount for this communal holiday was: 1 Oma, 10 adults, and 17 grandchildren under the age of 13 years … [Read more...] about The Family Holiday Dinner Survival Guide
"Another Zoom??" said my 7-year-old daughter, rolling her eyes as I emerged from the office after three calls that morning. "Yes, but I promise I'll be done soon for the day, and I'll take a look at your schoolwork." "You have too many calls, mommy. I guess you just don't have time for me." Ouch. Way to stick it to me, but I couldn't blame her. And I was too tired … [Read more...] about What’s Really Draining You: Zoom Fatigue, Or Mom Guilt?
Having a baby often comes with tons of complicated feelings you might not have been prepared for. Having a baby during a global pandemic—well, that’s a category all on its own. You may have given birth alone without your partner. Maybe the doula you spent so much time working with couldn’t come to support you during labor. The village you lined up to help you take care of your … [Read more...] about Managing Your Mental Health As a New Mom During COVID-19