What Mommy Learned this Summer
Posted by Martha
Now that our Great Summer Road Trip of 2011 is complete and everyone has limbs in tact, there are few tips that I recorded to carry forward and apply to our Great Holiday Road Trips of 2011 that will happen in only a few short months:
Sign up for RedBox email coupons. We stopped at this bright red kiosk of sanity no fewer than 4 times during our 14 hours on the open road. One dollar can buy 90 minutes of bliss with one of these located at any exit you choose to take. If you subscribe to their emails, you’ll get freebies and discounts.
Visit the library mid-week for the best selection of PlayAways. These gems are audio books for all ages (including titles for pre-schoolers) that are self-contained—no player is required. Take them out of the case and they fit into the palm of your hand, [...]
Transitioning to go Back to School
Posted by Clair
Every year when there are two weeks left in summer vacation I get, well, squirrely. I begin making my lists, working out schedules, force-trying clothes on my children, making mental lunch menus and school supply shopping. However, I do begin my whirlwind early enough that come the Sunday before that first Monday back-to-the-grind, we are all set and ready to go!
Probably the biggest hurdle in the Back to Reality (I mean Back to School) weeks are psyching my kids up for early mornings, no TV/xbox, nightly homework, meals at the table and daily showers. It is a hard sell. But with the right spin everyone is ultimately excited and ready for the [...]
Getting Along as a Single Mom
Posted by Erin
Most of the time, I think being a single mom is easier than being a married one (or a coupled one). First of all, I get to sleep on whatever side of the bed I want, I’m in charge of all vacation planning (no golf trips for us!), and I never have to worry about taking turns in the master bath. The down side of being a single mom is that I’m always on. There is literally not a single, solitary second of the day that I’m not engaged or “on call,” and there’s no way around that. I have parented through food poisoning, headaches, flus, sprained limbs, and one very memorable broken toe. There are always lunches to be packed, homework to be done, and nightmares to be talked through. Being a mom is more than a full-time job. I have one of those, and it’s never woken me [...]
Work and Family
Posted by G.I. Jane
My seven-month-old daughter recently contracted the Roseola virus, which as I soon found out is a harmless, though somewhat frightening, viral infection – similar to chicken pox. The events leading up to this discovery is an entirely other blog post. But, I digress.
After my third phone call to my pediatrician on his cell phone at 10 p.m. he accepted my request to bring her into the office in the morning. And that is when my husband and I began the conversation of who was taking her and who was going to work on time. Lucky for us, we both have understanding bosses who would no doubt excuse our lateness due to a sick child, but as professionals who are not accustomed to coming in late or calling out you can’t help but [...]