Adjusting to the Learning Curve of Parenting

I was nailing this parenting thing for a while. I kept telling myself that anyway. My daughter, who’d been dealing with some heavy anxiety seemed to be getting better at handling her emotions. She was able to talk through her feelings, put words to these complicated feelings, and we were all cohabitating much better. Every […]

Grasping at Straws: Learning NOT to Compare Your Children

Here’s the checklist of things that my daughter learned to do before the age of 5: Read. Tie her shoes. Dance. Swim. Here’s the checklist of things my son learned before the age of 5: Play with Legos. Procrastinate. Fold his underwear (sort of). Play with Legos. Today was the last day of a two-week […]

Dance Mom Moments

I have already revealed that I find the lobby of my daughter’s dance studio to be one of the most stressful and existential crisis-inducing locations in my life. I am routinely consumed with either irritation toward other mothers or with good old-fashioned self-loathing while waiting for my daughter to get her tap and ballet on. […]

Why Dad is NOT a Babysitter

I’m a military mom who’s just come off of one month of duty. This will mark the third year that my husband has had to handle our children without me for the duration of my spring tour. And he does it like a boss. And that’s not including all the months I spent at boot […]

Parental Persecution in the Age of the Internet

Recently you may have read about the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo with the young child that fell into the gorilla enclosure. This is not an article about who was at fault. This is not an argument over the tragedy of losing such a majestic animal as Harambe. This is more of an observation about […]

My First International Flight with 2 Toddlers

This year, we had a lot of anxiety leading up to our first ever international flight with two children under the age of 4. We weren’t just going international, but actually crossing over the date-line. I used to think that 6-10 hour flights were long, but 15 hours and 40 minutes to the Philippines? Plus TSA […]

When Grandparents Become Babysitters

The dreaded burden of a job hangs over your head. It’s time to head back to work and leave your little newborn. Trusting someone to care for your little one is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. It’s too soon, you think. When Elle was a baby, we lived far away from the grandparents. […]

To Feed or Not to Feed? Food Allergies in the First Year

When it comes to feeding your infants, you lean pretty heavily on your pediatrician, your family, and your friends for advice. Over the last 5 years, and especially this year, there has been a quantum shift in how we’re being advised to feed our infants – based on evidence gathered from many studies supporting the […]

How About a Road Trip?

Okay, bags are packed and it’s time to double check the packing list. Toothbrush, check. Snacks for the baby, check. Diapers, check. Wipes, check. It’s inevitable that the car is going to get messy—we’ll be crammed in there for 5-6 hours. So, back to the list. Toys, check. Plush animals, check. Crayons, check. Shoes, check. […]

The Dance School Lobby

I am going to be honest with everyone straight out of the gate: the lobby at my daughter’s dance studio makes me miserable on so many levels that I get dizzy. I genuinely go into existential crisis mode when I’m there. I wish I could put my finger on exactly why I have such an […]