My husband and I coincidentally arrived home from work this evening at the same time. We walked in the door to be greeted by our 16-month-old daughter, Stella, who was in the babysitter’s arms, all smiles. She squealed in excitement and reached out her arms. My husband, glowing with adoration towards his baby girl, reached his arms out to get her. You could just feel his daddy pride. I saw it in slow motion and set it to a touching instrumental version of “My Girl” in my head. But then suddenly Stella did some form of sharp karate chop down and blocked her dad’s arms. “NO,” she said sharply and proceeded to reach and squirm to get to me. She gave me a warm, welcoming smile, after just having sprayed her daddy with daggers. Of course, I was happy to receive her, but I felt sorry for my husband who was slowly lowering his arms, his smile fading into a look of confusion, daddy glow departing and slowly being replaced with an Eeyore gray.
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Even though you may be a working mom, spending many of your hours away from home, you can still bond with your toddler in a meaningful way. Sure, you wish you could have more time during the week to be with your little peanut, but try to focus on the quality of your time spent together, not the quantity. When you make your child feel loved and secure, she will feel closer, more bonded to you. Here are some ways to bond with your toddler when you are a working mom.
The Affordable Care Act has sparked endless political debate, but now that Obamacare is officially the law of the land, how has health insurance coverage changed for moms and moms-to-be?
As a mom to a young toddler, I do all the normal, every day parenting things that other parents do… for the most part. I abide by most of the widely accepted parenting rules. I care for my daughter. I show her love. I keep her safe. But I admit that I sometimes do some quirky things and bend some rules when no one is around.
It’s late and one of the kids has a fever or you suspect they are sick because something just seems “off.” You can’t call your doctor’s office and doing a Google-search just scared the crap out of you. Here are 7 helpful alternate ways to get answers to your questions. Please note these suggestions are ideal for non-emergency situations.
I love you, sweet baby!
Can you repeat this five-word phrase at least 20 times per hour? If you’re a mom to a preterm baby, adding these 100 words (or any 100 extra words) to how much you say to your baby may make a big difference in your child’s speech development, according to new research linking adult speech exposure in preterm infants with their later speech development as toddlers.
Making baby food is simpler than it sounds. I head up a blog about cooking for kids and with three small fries of my own, you can believe I’ve made a lot of baby food. I’m gearing up to do it again when our fourth is born in May and these are my favorite ways to do it.
Want to play music for your little one that has toddler-appropriate lyrics but isn’t sung by a cartoon, a puppet or a grown man dressed like a dinosaur? In other words, want to play music for junior that entertains children without ostracizing adults? Here are 7 albums intended to delight the youngsters and parents, alike.
To All The Grandmas:
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a parent, especially as my brood has grown, is how the old adage, “It takes a village,” is one of the truest statements ever uttered. The learning curve as a new parent is so very steep, and the more children that are added, the more of a roller coaster this parenting gig is. Grandmas, you especially play such an important role when it comes to helping to raise and support your grandchildren, which in turn helps to shape us as parents.
Thank you for coming over to hold the newborn so us moms can take a shower.
Thank you for your willingness to field phone calls, no matter what time of day or night, to help pass on your experienced parenting wisdom.
Deciding when to try for baby number two was easy. We knew we wanted our kids to be about two years apart, but weren’t sure how long it would take to conceive the second time around. It took much less time to get pregnant with my son than with my daughter. Since having my son, we’ve been contemplating whether or not to have a third. Even though there are plenty of signs that I’m not done having babies when you look around my house, the decision has not been as clear internally until recently.