I thought I was done with awkward dating after getting married, until I went searching for some new mommy friends. After my first mom date didn’t ask me out again and stopped returning my emails, I realized how much the whole process was like dating. Can you relate to these stages?
Darcy knew exactly how she was going to parent until she had kids. While on maternity leave in 2010, her job was eliminated, making her an unexpected stay-at-home mom. Daily she learns how to juggle two littles, battle toy clutter and find ways to laugh at herself. She’s given up on the notion of perfection and the mystical balance everyone keeps talking about. Darcy is passionate about birth and strives to inform, inspire and entertain through her many “Tales From the Nursery.” Aside from being a mom, this Wisconsinite also enjoys reading, heavy metal music, and other assorted geekery. Oh, yes, and cheese.
You see them everywhere. At restaurants, the doctor’s office lobby and on airplanes. Anywhere you might sit and wait they come out. And people of all ages are using them.
I’m talking about mobile devices. There’s no denying that smartphones and tablets have integrated themselves into our daily lives. They’ve become commonplace among adults and now are trickling down to teens and even toddlers. In fact, tech savvy toddlers and preschoolers learn how to use a smart device before they can write their name.
I look at the past four years or so and it blows me away how much we use this technology now. Over the course of my life, I’ve grown up alongside video games and the internet becoming more prevalent. My parents purchased our first home computer when I was about 8 years old—before everyone had one at home.
I’m thankful that my parents saw the learning potential of our home computer and allowed me to use it before they were in my classroom. Now, you pretty much need basic tech skills in your personal and professional life.
My preschooler has learned that simply asking for things or whining usually doesn’t get her what she wants. Instead, she’s developed skilled persuasion and negotiation tactics. These are a few of my favorites—even if they weren’t all successful. Can you relate to these?
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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.
Making a list of baby names is easy. Picking one that your baby will carry for the rest of their life is harder. There are lots of names I like, but wouldn’t necessarily give to one of my children.
Some parents go to great lengths to select baby names. They research name meanings and trends. They scour their family tree for ancestral names to pass on. They make and compare lists. Some may even go so far as to collect data through name surveys. While the idea of picking a name based on collecting and analyzing data may seem a bit extreme as depicted in NPR’s “How Not to Name Your Baby,” many of us do this informally on a smaller scale.
I remember making my new list of girl names at the beginning of my second pregnancy (before I knew I was having a boy) and searching prospective names to see what others were saying about them. I didn’t want to ask anyone directly for their opinions but I secretly wanted to know what random strangers might think—and I only wanted to know during the list making stage. Usually once I’ve decided I might use a name, I don’t want to hear negative opinions about it.
Long gone are the days where I could spend hours doing my hair and makeup before a hot date. Though parts of it may seem the same, the process of getting ready has changed after becoming a mom.
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