Posts tagged "parenting"

A Smart Mom Knows All About Quitting

I Quit. Everyone needs to learn to quit. Really, they do. Whether it’s a bad job or a bad relationship, at some point in life you need the skills and the experience to say: “I’m out of here.” Of course, the tricky issue is determining the right time for your child to throw in the...
Child Friendly Shops?

Child Friendly Shops?

While window shopping with our daughters we saw this great sign: We love the subtle and humorous way it reminds parents to watch the kids when a store’s wares may not be child friendly. After all, the effects of a rambunctious child in a carefully crafted and neatly organized small shop are probably akin to...

Bake a Warm Memory

We’ve been wondering what triggers warm memories of feeling safe at home? The sweetest of all our childhood memories is coming home from school to freshly made cakes, muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Just this morning we read the results of a chocolate chip taste test done by one of our favorite food blogs- Serious Eats....

A Mama B Gripe

We wish to issue a complaint. We’ve got nothing against Babies ‘R’ Us.  Yes, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the whole idea of a ‘baby superstore’—which makes you think you need waaaay more than you actually need. Don’t get us started on the whole baby bathtub racket. Or changing tables? Useless piece of furniture! Use...

The Smart Mama Mission Statement (a work in progress)

We will call what we’re doing work. Even if the world doesn’t acknowledge it, we will: motherhood is the hardest work in the world. It’s physically demanding, psychologically strenuous, spiritually complex, and unpaying. We refuse to accept the whole “I-don’t-work-I-stay-home-with-the-kid” thing. We’ve held lots of jobs, and not one has been more intense

Dirty Little Secrets (Redux)

If you haven’t noticed, we like to titillate. Call it arrested development, call it dirty minds. For example, when the waiter asks if we’d “like anything else,” the voice in our head goes to all kinds of places–and we’re not talking dessert. We’re not ashamed. Getting dirty (even if it’s just in our imagination) is...

Every Kid Needs Chocolate Chip Cookies

. We’ve been wondering what triggers warm memories of feeling safe at home? The sweetest of all our childhood memories is coming home from school to freshly made cakes, muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Just this morning we read the results of a chocolate chip taste test done by one of our favorite food blogs- Serious...

Mama B’s Mission Statement (cont’d)

Call it a mission statement, a manifesto, a set of rules, reminders, a way to keep ourselves sane on this crazy journey called motherhood. We will keep adding to this statement from time to time. Some tenets we’re trying to live by: *We will call what we’re doing work. Even if the world doesn’t acknowledge it, we...
College, Shoes and Karmic Happiness

College, Shoes and Karmic Happiness

These are the weeks when seniors in high school are hearing the good, and the bad, and the ‘we’re not sure yet’ news. Even before the letters (or e-mails) arrive, the college admissions frenzy has left both kids and parents emotionally raw. After all the testing, tutoring, campus visiting, essay writing, financial aid form processing...