Since Dancing with the Stars wrapped, I totally checked out of my chaotic work world and checked back in to my chaotic Family Ville. The past month totally wiped me out! Too much work and traveling, not enough sleep and too much time away from my kids is never a good thing for any of us. It was a challenging month to say the least, and I am so happy that its over. I spent my holiday hanging with the family at home, cooking, swimming, and visiting with a few friends. It was a great weekend and the perfect teaser for summer.
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One of the things that scares me most as a parent is that my children will grow up believing that theyre entitled to whatever they want in life. You see it everywhere: college graduates who expect turn their noses up at entry level jobs, expecting to land high-paying, satisfying work without first paying their dues. People who command thousands of dollars to appear at a club just for being tan and obnoxious. Little leagues in which every team gets a trophy, even if they came in last. In this kind of a world, how do you raise kids not to feel entitled?
Its funny how much your life can change in a decade. In my young 20s I envisioned the next 10 years to bring me a fast-paced career as a journalist, travel and maybe a child or two. I would be fashionable and cool and tuned into the latest trends.
In just a few short weeks, my maternity leave will come to an end. Ive had a few months to bond with our new baby girl, but the time has come to slide back into the trousers, battle the morning commute and re-charge the Blackberry battery. Mommys heading back to work.
Babies love to be played with and also should be encouraged to play alone. Although not yet capable of engaging in play with other children until the age of 12-18 months, babies love to watch older children play and be the object of (massive amounts of) affection.
Ive read countless blog posts, articles, arguments and have thrown myself into several face-to-face and twitter discussions regarding the latest parenting controversy genderless parenting. When it first came up, I thought what the hell is that? And when I found out that its when parents decide not to put any emphasis on what gender their child is, like parents Kathy Witterick and David Stocker who are raising their third child genderless, I was confused.
While pregnant with her second child, Ali Landry really appreciates having a close friend going through the same thing. Selma Blair and I train together every week, Ali, 37, told People. The trainer is always like, Can you guys please stop talking? We talk the entire time. I feel so good by doing these sessions though. Not only do they work out together, the expecting moms share tips.
Nothing will make your heart skip a beat like a phone call from the school nurse. The minute I received a call from the elementary school nurse about one of my daughters, I had images of a broken bone or gash in her head from the playground. Imagine my surprise when I heard what the nurse had to say. Mrs. Newsome, you need to pick up your daughter. She has lice. Huh??? My mind raced back over the past few weeks.
Were In The Money! Well, sort of. My daughter came home all excited yesterday saying, Peter gave me fifty bucks! Me: Oh, thats cute. Is it a picture or Monopoly money? My girl: No, mom a real fifty Me: No, really? Show me. Fifty Bucks, MoneyShe continues, He gave it to me because he likes me. Me: Ohhh. Honey. You did nothing wrong. But I have to call Peters mom because we have to give it back, and his mom needs to know he gave it to you.