POSTS WITH TAG: time for mom

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    Get ready to hate me. Or steal my husband. Or think I’m the worst mother in the whole wide world. Or maybe you’ll admire my ingenuity!

    I am a miser of my sleep. I don’t do well when I’m tired. I get really cranky and tend to take it out on the closest person -- who would be my dear, sweet husband. He certainly doesn’t deserve it, so I always say our arrangement was made for his own good.

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    From the moment my first child was born seven and a half years ago, I felt guilty. First it was because breastfeeding was a struggle. I fought and I fought to get her -- my little non-eater -- to 12 months without formula. The guilt only continued after I got pregnant again when she was just 9 months old -- would it harm her development? Make her jealous? Hurt her sense of self? On and on. And it only got worse when number two showed up.

    Suddenly I had TWO kids to feel guilty over. My son flapped his arms too much. Was it because I ran throughout my pregnancy? He was reluctant to wean, so I nursed him until he was almost 3 and could ask for it by name. I have always wanted the absolute best for my children whether it was breast milk, not crying it out, or running myself ragged so they could do every activity.

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    As much as we absolutely adore every waking moment we spend with our kids (well, for the most part) -- there really isn't anything better than some much needed away time with our girlfriends, whether it be for one night or an extended getaway trip.

    We look forward to it for weeks or even months on end. Then when the day of departure finally arrives? Well, a loud "WOO-HOO" is definitely required.

    But let's not kid ourselves -- going away with the girls is a little different as moms than it was when we were in our 20s, single, and carefree.

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    The Work At Home Mom (WAHM), is like devil spawn of a Stay-at-Home (SAHM) and a working mom. Though many people think it's ideal (I do), it comes with a shocking amount of guilt, a penchant for procrastination and a sprinkle of self loathing. I know, I'm making it sound awesome, right?

    We have no actual schedule and no other people in "the office" for motivation, and we have constant feeling that we need to be accomplishing many things at once to be productive - like mulitasking on crack, which is why WAHMs have a lot in common. 

    If you're thinking of us in short shorts and high sweat socks, then you're thinking of WHAM and that's a different article, though I do write a lot about being obsessed with the 80s.

    That said, I thought I would make a list of traits, thoughts and occurrences most WAHMs have thought said or done:

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    Fact: most moms feel pretty unappreciated. It's just the nature of the job. We cook, clean, change diapers, heal boo-boos, fix things around the house, and generally keep the world running without as much as a "thank you" most days. That's about to change for the lucky mom who wins LIVE With Kelly and Michael's Search for Unstoppable Moms. The grand prize: $100,000. AMAZING, right? Here's what you need to know to enter.

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    As many of us know, making friends with other moms isn't always easy. Just because you have kids the same age doesn't mean you have anything else in common. I mean, that's why CafeMom was invented (ahem, ahem). But you know how it is. Trying to make a new friend with another parent on the playground almost feels like hitting on someone at a bar with a lot of the same awkwardness and anxiety. So it's not surprising that someone's finally created an online matchmaking site for playdates: Mom Meet Mom. The site promises to connect you with local moms based on your common interests, schedules, families, and personalities. I decided to give it a whirl.

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    Being a mom is amazing. It can also be extremely exhausting. In the best way, of course. And sometimes you just need to get away. Escape to that magical island where there are no children even if that "magical island" is the coffee shop and you are there for half an hour. It's a little recharge. A little "me time" and I think it makes us all better moms for taking care of ourselves, along with our kids.

    Teen Mom 2's Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin knows what I'm talking about. She tweeted her feelings on wanting to be alone.

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    Moms multitask. It is what we do best. This week, a viral photo of model Gisele Bundchen breastfeeding her 1-year-old while simultaneously getting ready for a photo shoot caused a major hoopla in the blogosphere. Her photo went viral with reactions raising from praise -- "you go, mom!" -- to hate. Think: What does a woman with four people paid to make her beautiful know about multitasking?

    Here's what: A lot. Any mom who has also tried to work, whether that is as a doctor outside the home, a homemaker, or as a super model, knows that the trick to finding time to "do it all" is to learn how to do it all at once. And so we do.

    We asked moms far and wide to submit THEIR photos of what "multitasking" means to them and the results vary widely. It should be noted that while we did get a number of submissions, we also had a number of moms who said (more or less) I am too busy multitasking to have anyone take a photo! True dat. Or, as my friend said:

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    Being a mother is hard, hard, hard, and no one knows this better than Teen Mom Kailyn Lowry. She is an immensely loving and involved parent to both her son Isaac with her ex-boyfriend and her newborn baby son Lincoln as well. And when her husband Javi tweeted out to the world his appreciation of his wife, the world sighed a collective "awwww."

    It's really, really sweet.

    But what he said? Is one of those things that gets under my mom skin. Here's his tweet:

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    You know those baby-obsessed moms who can't talk about anything except their children and who appear incapable of having a single thought independent from the subject of parenting? Yeah, I hate to tell you this, but apparently they're happier than the rest of us who are trying to live "balanced" lives. A new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science found that parents who put their kids' happiness above their own actually feel happier and enjoy a deeper sense of purpose in life from their parenting. So much from that whole "put the oxygen mask over your own face, first" philosophy!

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