Theres always that moment when you hear yourself say something to your child and mentally cringe. For some of us mothers, it happens once every now and then; for others, its a lot more frequent.
As mothers, we often teach our young children about Stranger Danger and how to deal with the creepy man down the street. We instruct them on how to react to the man in the car who offers them candy or what to say to the person on the other end of the phone asking if their mommy or daddy is home.
As the mom of two athletic teenagers (and a former competitive swimmer myself), I’ve been to a lot of kid sports games. Baseball. Soccer. Basketball. Swimming. Water Polo. And although the sports activity and venue may differ, I’ve come to realize there is the same set of parent “types” sitting in the stands at every…
If youre a perfect mom, then this article is not for you. For the rest of us, a perfect-mom-o-meter is likely nowhere to be found.Lets be real: As moms, we mess up. And for some, its quite a lot. Its like motherhood is a roller-coaster – we ride the ups and downs with elegance and humor. But then theres those times when we forget our seat-belts and fall off. It …
Ive built my career – literally – with words; in fact, writing and communication are two of my biggest passions. And so, it is with confidence and from experience that I say (more often than not) the old adage of less is more rings true.
It usually comes at the most random of moments: The epiphany that you, a mother, are no longer the newbie in the world of motherhood. This sudden realization might hit you when youre covered in your childs vomit or observing the nervous moms peeking in the windows of the church nursery.
Amid the warnings to keep your skin coated in sunscreen, wear appropriate clothing, and watch for questionable freckles, there are still cases of melanoma that would have been hard to prevent.
At the end of the day, some moms count up all the times theyve had to nag or remind or discipline their children. Dont hit your brother. Stop picking your nose. Stop talking back. Dont fart at the table. Wash your hands. Pull your pants up. Dont disobey. Listen the first time. Say hi to the lady and look her in the face. Dont use the toilet lid as your own basketball hoop backboard. Dont, dont, dont, stop, stop, stop.
I like to observe (and write about!) the mom culture.
If youre a seasoned mom who woke up one morning and suddenly wondered, OMG, how did I get here?and then cringe, you just might be experiencing what is commonly referred to as Empty Nest Syndrome.