I can’t put my finger on it. Whether it’s the stifling heat, or the fact that my third kid is now a walking toddler (who is everywhere), or maybe just the restlessness of all the children combined, this summer has felt harder than summers of the past. My to-do list is a fucking mile long and I really couldn’t care less. I’ve just been putting everything off and spending time reading. Read more
Burnt out (adj.): A state in which you are mentally unable to handle any more stress. A state in which your energy and mental resources are depleted.
We all have moments in time in which we feel stressed, but sometimes we don’t even realize how burnt out we are even if others around us can see that we are. Being a burnt-out mom is not only bad for you, but it’s also bad for the people around you. Unfortunately, mothers are socialized to ignore their needs; taking care of us as mothers is considered selfish. Worse still, asking for help is seen as somewhat weak. Read more
Being a mom is hard. Being a blissfully happy mom all the time is impossible. Although we haven’t completely cracked the code on how parents can have a smile on their face 24/7, we have learned — often the hard way — what doesn’t work. By process of elimination, we’ve deduced the 16 things you should stop doing right this minute if you want to be happy. Read more
If you’d spied on me the other night as I walked home from my commute, this is what you would have seen: A woman walking by a running sprinkler, stopping in her tracks, dropping her tote bag, hopping onto the lawn, and walking back and forth through the streams of water. It might have seemed like I’d lost it. But really, I’d had a long day at work and needed a flash of f-u-n. Read more
There are milestones in our children’s lives we mark with pictures, Facebook posts and baby book entries: their first smile, first steps, first day of school and first date. There are other major moments in their lives, however, that go by so subtly we don’t even realize they have happened until it’s too late to capture them. They are lasts rather than firsts. Just like that, these precious moments are gone and there’s no going back to savor that one last time.
In my 20s, I left a corporate job to go back to school. Five years later, as a grad student, I needed a day job and tried to return to corporate life. But it turned out five years was a very long time, business-wise. I didn’t get the job even though I was completely qualified.
Parents returning to the workplace after time off with the kids often find themselves facing similar closed doors. I see it happening to friends all the time. After taking time off to raise kids, they don’t seem quite as fresh-faced or on-their-game as other candidates. And having a kid who might require time off for doctor’s appointments, or might make them less excited to work late or on the weekends, seems like a liability to employers. Read more
You’ve had kids and either your career is stalling or you’re a stay-at-home mom who doesn’t have a career to return to (or one you want to go back to!), so you think to yourself, “Why don’t I go back to school and finally get a degree, finish my degree, or further my education?”
Everyone thinks it’s a fantastic idea: your in-laws, your partner, and your friends.
Besides you. Read more
Sometimes we wonder how moms do it. From dirty diapers, to cheering on the next Rembrandt…they seem to just see things differently. Our moms see us differently. Watch as two dads get a glimpse at the way moms view the world … and then realize that it goes way beyond what they see.
P.S. thank you guys
There’s nothing we like to hear about more than a mom making the impossible, possible.
Sarah Thomas, a 41-year-old mother of three, is officially the first female referee in the NFL. From parenting her three children, ages 14, 11, and 2, working as a pharmaceutical sales rep, and refereeing for over 20 years, Thomas is pretty much the definition of busy.
She’s also not a stranger to breaking down gender stereotypes on the football field. Not only is she to be the first woman to referee a professional NFL game when the 2015 season kicks off, but she was also the first woman to work at college games in 2007. Read more