Posts in category "Parenting"

You don't have to be Jewish to celebrate Shabbat

You don't have to be Jewish to celebrate Shabbat
What do I know about Shabbat? Well, I taught at a Jewish pre-school for a year, so let me indulge you with my deep comprehension as understood by three year olds. Every Friday, we would
  • bake challah
  • light candles
  • sing songs with the rabbi
Fast forward 10 years, and I'm a mother of two. Our Friday tradition is continuously evolving. As it stands now, we:
  • cook a home made pizza; eat a special dessert
  • light our tea lights
  • do dance party
  • I wear "fancy pants" (patterned leggings that are requested by my three year old on a weekly basis)
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12 Do's and Don'ts for C-section mamas

12 Do's and Don'ts for C-section mamas
I don't know how many C-sections you have to make you a seasoned veteran, but I've had two. After handling them both quite differently, here's what I've learned. 12 Do's and Don't for C-section mamas:...

Six ways I've become more time efficient

Six ways I've become more time efficient
In the interest of this post's topic, let's cut right to it. While reviewing my six bullet points below, I realized that I was losing most of my time 1) on my phone AND 2) in the kitchen. Here are six ways I've become more time efficient......
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Just because I love my baby doesn't mean I have to like my C-section

Just because I love my baby doesn't mean I have to like my C-section
I probably said, "I just don't want another C-section" 100 times during Baby #2's pregnancy. Baby #1 was induced at one week late with every intervention possible (pitocin, balloon, breaking my water). He was delivered via C-section, and I hated that I couldn't see or hold him right away, I hated the pain and recovery, and I hated how long it took for my body to return to normal. Well, spoiler alert: it did happen again. This is my birth story...

Ten reflections from ten days with a newborn

Ten reflections from ten days with a newborn
Our family welcomed Baby Boy #2 on October 18th! Here are ten reflections from the first ten days with our lil' man: 1) You feel all warm and fuzzy. No, seriously: newborns radiate heat, and chances are that they're also wrapped in a blanket. Says my husband on a daily basis, "This kid is about 1,000 degrees." And yes: the figurative warm fuzzies are there, too. 2) You become Quasimodo. That's right. It seems that you are always hunched over for something: feeding, changing diapers, soothing and snuggling. And you thought sitting at your computer was bad. Pfff. 3) You will never eat this well again. Ever. Friends, family, neighbors, and church/temple members are constantly bringing food. They either bring you their specialty or amazing comfort cuisine (usually accompanied by a naughty dessert). My husband and I both agree that the meals, alone, are reason enough to have another kid...

Adrian Peterson: Spanking is the lazy man's discipline

Adrian Peterson: Spanking is the lazy man's discipline
As if the NFL wasn't in enough hot water, Adrian Peterson was arrested on Saturday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. After his four year old son pushed another one of his children, Peterson broke off a tree branch, ripped it of its leaves, stuck the leaves inside the four year old's mouth, took down his pants, and started beating him with the limb. Due to the force which he was using, the branch caused injuries to the child's back, butt, legs, and even wrapped around his tiny body to inflict wounds on his scrotum.
"Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except for when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable," said Phil Grant, first assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, Texas. "And so a grand jury having indicted this case, looked at the injuries that were inflicted upon this child and determined that that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect the community standards of what was reasonable discipline."
So, Adrian Peterson, according to the above USA Today article, your discipline exceeded even what the state of Texas deems as reasonable. Let's just pretend that you were not indicted on child abuse charges, and you had just given a spanking. Striking your kid with an open hand to the buttocks is still a lazy man's discipline. Here's why spanking is ineffective AND harmful:...
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How to survive a flight with kids...without your iPad

How to survive a flight with kids...without your iPad
Going away this holiday weekend? Below are a few tips for flying (solo) with kids. For the record, we don't own an iPad, and I've flown solo with my son over a dozen times. I lived to tell the tale! I'm not a technology hater. I'm just here to tell you that there are a few must haves. While it sure is nice, an iPad is not one of them...

Four mistakes I made during potty training

Four mistakes I made during potty training
Potty training. Ugh. I feel as if this aspect of parenting is feared by many. If I'm being honest, it wasn't that bad. I thought it would try my patience, but really, it just tried my ability to dart up the stairs, bicep curl my child, and feign excitement 26 times per day. The first day and first week of potty training were exhausting, but I was proud of my not even two-and-a-half year old. I experienced little frustration. Then, Month Five started. Aaaand it all went down the shitter. Or, rather, it didn't. That was the problem. Here are four mistakes I made during potty training regression: ...

Four things I say about moms that you're going to hate

Four things I say about moms that you're going to hate
Last week, I was interviewed by CCTV on the rise of stay-at-home moms (SAHMs). The article and video is here, and I make my T.V. debut at about 1:40. While the entire interview didn't make it into the clip because it's not all about me, apparently, here are four things I say about moms that you're going to hate: ...
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Seven reasons I'd never want my kid to be president

Seven reasons I'd never want my kid to be president
Sure, the above photo is cute. But like many politicians, this toddler's shirt is lies. All lies! Here are seven reasons I'd never want my kid to be president: ...