Category Archives: Parenting Tales

Parenting tales from the trenches

Bathroom Humor

My daughter’s parochial school spent a week focusing on how the students could be of service to others. I thought this was a perfectly harmless theme. Famous.  Last. Words. One of the activities of service week involved my daughter’s class making a banner on which each child drew a picture of how they help out…

5 Jobs I’ve Done (And Never Want Again)

Today we’re joining up with Nicole at Moments That Define Life. She has a Listable Life  linkup each Tuesday. One of the prompts for today was to write about five jobs that you’ve done. I’m on a quest to get back into the workforce right now, so it seemed like an appropriate time to look…

Off The Beaten Track

There’s a saying that goes something like this: if you make a plan, life will just laugh at you. The original saying is much more elegant, but you get the general idea. When I was younger (e.g. before kids), I had a pretty clear life plan. I spent much of my 20’s in school (first…

The Wild Truth Behind Pregnancy Message Boards, or: I Toast Your Organic Crib Mattress with This 50-Mg Caffeinated Beverage

Kate House from And Then Kate is a firm believer in What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, except for the part where errant Lego pieces, Polly Pockets, and an overabundance of organic chicken nuggets actually do weaken you (something else the obstetrician said NOTHING about in the delivery room). Kate lives right outside of…

Grown-ups Sissy Fight, Too

My daughter is learning a lot about the world lately, but I’m not necessarily excited about this part of her education. She isn’t discovering the wonders of science or the exciting possibilities before her.  Her eyes aren’t open wide in awe.  Instead, she’s giving me a look that says, “Really?  You think I’m not prepared…

Staying Connected To Your Passions

Do you recall how you spent your spare time before you were a parent? Did you have hobbies? Did you read things other than blogs about parenting? Now that my spare time consists of naptimes and after bedtime before I crash myself, I’m struggling with my ability to connect to my former self. In addition…

The Easter Bunny Versus Hanukkah Harry

These days, holidays are very commercial and we associate various icons with those holidays… Santa goes with Christmas, the Easter bunny goes with Easter and Hanukkah Harry goes with Hanukkah? Or in my land… Cadbury eggs are good anytime of the year. But I digress. You see, my family and I are Jewish so personally…

Keep Calm and Carry On? Nah, I’ll Just Blow a Gasket

I’ve really been struggling lately with keeping my cool with my kids. My son is three and my daughter is 20 months old and the three year old is driving us nuts. For us, parenting a three year old is far more challenging than a two year old—the phrase that age three is really the…