Raising Boys vs Raising Girls: Who Drives Mom More Insane?

When I was pregnant with my first child I really wanted a boy.  I had grand dreams of my older son watching over his little sister like her own personal guardian angel. In turn, she would gaze at him adoringly and think of him as something of an idol and loving protector.  Well, I got the boy first, and 2 years later my daughter was born but all those dreams flew out the window when my son showed zero interest in her what so ever.  Over the last 14 years they have alternated between "Hey, come play with me" to "Get the hell out of my room" with … [Read more...]

The Perfect Mom: Is There Any Such Thing?

When I got pregnant with my first child, I had grand dreams about what my life as a mother was going to be like.  I was going to be the perfect mom!  I had great memories of my own mother, who I thought did a stellar job of raising my sister and I.  I had memories of her baking cookies for us and leading my Brownie Troop meetings.  As I grew older we went for walks together and discussed the books we were reading.  I thought she was the perfect mom and I had some big shoes to fill with my own children.  My Mom!  The Perfect Mom! What does it … [Read more...]

Parenting Teens: Sometimes it Pays to be Stealthy!

Thankyou to ManCave for sponsoring this post about parenting teens.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Before I had kids I knew that I wanted to have a boy first, then a girl.  I had it all planned out....the older boy child would protect and care for his little sister and they would love each other unconditionally.  Um....yeah, right!  God is up there laughing at me right now for my stupidity!  Sure, I got the boy first and then the girl.  And that is where my dreams come to a screeching halt.  As a small boy, he could have cared less … [Read more...]

Raising Teens: Making Girls Unstoppable

This post about Raising Teens has been sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my children were younger, I thought I had things rough.  Temper tantrums, skinned knees, and that pouty bottom lip that quivered every time I said NO.  Boy, I never realized how easy things were until my kids hit their teenage years.  Raising teens is by far the hardest thing I have ever done so far.  Now instead of skinned knees and nap time I have to worry about school bullies and internet porn.  Seriously....if I survive … [Read more...]

Napping Tips: How To Become a Napping House!

When my children were babies, I was absolutely rigid about our nap schedule.  No matter what we were doing at 2 PM in the afternoon, we went home to take a nap.  The toddler and baby and mommy ALL slept for an hour and we were all much happier for the rest of the day.  My friends didn't understand my slightly obsessive need to have my kids asleep in the afternoon but then again, they didn't have to live with the holy terrors who didn't nap, either.  On the weekends, my husband joined us in the napping session and for an hour, our house was … [Read more...]

Raising Confident Girls: Does Our Parenting Really Matter?

I look at my children some days and I am in awe of how different they are from one another.  In theory, both my 13 year old son and my 11 year old daughter were raised almost exactly the same, right?  Same house, same rules, same experiences (for the most part) so why did they turn out completely different from one another?  My son is an introverted child who lacks confidence even though he is very bright and quite a sweet kid.  My daughter has always been a leader....ready to charge on ahead even if she didn't quite know where she was going.  … [Read more...]

Management of the next generation

A number of years ago, my husband was dragged kicking and screaming into a management position.  He has climbed the corporate ladder fairly quickly in the 12 years he has been with his company and while we certainly enjoy the increase in salary, he is not enjoying the responsibilities and stress associated with being the man in charge.  He misses those days when he just went to his job, worked on his project, and went home.  Now, he has to deal with interpersonal issues between employees who seem to bicker like children.  He has to take … [Read more...]

A song every mother should learn!

You know how there are days you feel like you say the same thing over and over again?  You wonder if your kids are actually listening or if you would be better off talking to the wall.  At least the wall doesn't talk back, roll eyes, or sigh uncontrollably!  Well, my husband sent me this link yesterday and honestly I almost died laughing!  I think if i managed to nag at my kids like this mom does they might actually listen! … [Read more...]

Preteen Parenting: 5 things you need to know!

My children are quickly growing up and I really thought that this would be a GOOD thing!  No more diaper changes, middle of the night feedings, toddler tantrums, or play dates from hell with the scary kid that bites everybody.  I should be HAPPY to have children who are almost into their teens, right?  Yeah...not so much!  I am starting to realized that stinky diapers are a lot easier to solve than stinky teenage boy shoes.  Honestly, I just soaked my son's shoes in Fe-breeze and they still smell like something died in there.  So, if you are … [Read more...]

Continuing education classes for bloggers: Help yourself stand out!

As I spend more time blogging and trying to make social media an actual career I am starting to consider what types of skills I could improve upon by taking some continuing education courses.  Many years ago when I was young and had no children I started college with grand dreams of an illustrious career doing medical research.  I took fascinating courses like electron microscopy (okay, *I* thought it was fascinating!) and worked my butt off as an undergraduate lab slave to graduate summa cum laude with a degree in Microbiology.  I quickly … [Read more...]