It’s too bad that there’s such a thing as child labor laws, because there are some career paths that are just naturally suited for toddlers. Little kids do not give a damn about being loud, dirty, mouthy, or dangerous, which are but a few prerequisites for real jobs that actual professionals do. Read more
Bedtime excuses flood out the minute a crib becomes a toddler bed, and little ones become masters at bedtime-delaying tactics. Can you blame them? They just want to stay up and be a part of the mysterious nighttime stuff that happens after 8 PM, like doing the dishes and sweeping up dried Play-Doh bits. Read more
I am a woman. I am a wife. I am a mother. My brain never stops. Even when I sleep, I have constant lists and topics running wild through my cerebellum. It. Is. Exhausting. I love my husband. I love my kids. However, I would love to sleep. The mythological creature known as “Sleep” has eluded me for quite some time now. I am positive that I am the one who robs myself of sleep. Below you will find a list of 50 thoughts that run through my head from sunrise to sunset. Read more
To paraphrase Madonna, we are living in a material world and I am a material mom. An uncertain material mom, to be exact. Parenting in this era of consumerism means constantly questioning what stuff you should be spending your hard-earned bucks on and what’s really not worth it. (Wipe warmers? Kiddie perfume? One Direction packing tape??) Read more
While no one ever said parenting was easy, someone should have at least told us how unnecessarily hard it would be sometimes.
I know I would have appreciated knowing just how challenging infinitesimal inconveniences would make everyday parenting. How all the drama would indeed be saved for Mama and just how often I’d find myself thinking, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Read more
Parents, I have a tip for you —
You may just want to give up on any of your “grand plans” to have your children play with “toys” or even “educational” activities.
Because it’s not going to work.
Oh, h-e-double hockey sticks no. Your children are not amateurs. They will not succumb to playing with anything you actually want them to. Currently, I have an entire level of my house — an entire level, I tell you — devoted solely to my children’s playthings. Read more
Today’s the first day of school throughout much of the nation (yes, we know it is the half of August, but that’s how many school districts roll), and if you’re anything like the ladies of WhatsUpMoms, it’s not all babbling and tears, but freedom and the opportunity to run errands children-free! In honor of our brethren who have packed their first lunchboxes of the year, we give you this oldie, but goodie! Enjoy, ladies . . . we’re just a month behind you!
This adorable DIY game is a simple and cheap way to keep your kiddos busy and active on long Summer days, when it feels like every other activity has been exhausted. Your littles will love launching ping-pong balls around the yard with their new Ping Pong Shooters, and the best part for you? You can probably find all of the items you need laying around the house! Read more
Enough is enough, ladies! It’s time to end the is-it-OK-to-breastfeed-in-public debate once and for all. Mother of two Kristina Kuzmic took to YouTube to outline the four main reasons women should never, ever breastfeed in public, and it’s utter genius . . . likely because it’s nearly three minutes of hysterical, all-out satire. Read more
Life’s not quite as picturesque as Instagram pictures make it look. Kids don’t smile when you ask them to, family rooms aren’t spotless and clutter-free, and moms don’t always have it all together. That’s why Danielle Guenther’s Best Case Scenario series of photographs speaks so well to parents. The Hoboken, NJ-based family photographer has taken to adding some real-life (though somewhat exaggerated) photos into her mix, and the results are hysterical. Read more