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Added by C. Elleanor Miller on June 18, 2013 at 2:07pm —
So my friend and coworker sent me this link (click to read) today about the working mom balancing act. Being the frazzled working mom that I am, I of course had some thoughts on it, especially after I have recently written about this with Walking… Continue
Added by Angela on May 31, 2013 at 8:30am —
A Baby Boy Gone, But Not Forgotten
When I came across this Facebook page for International Bereaved Mother’s Day I was hit with a wave of sadness. The memories… Continue
Added by Carin Kilby Clark on May 5, 2013 at 8:44pm —
Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday. There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom. I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly. Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before… Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 6:30pm —
Ollie thought he was being cute when he chucked my mobile phone at my head the other night; and goddamn, did it hurt! That sweet spot just above my eyebrow induced a few tears almost immediately.
Next thing I know is Jack had walked up to me, started stroking my hair and said ‘It’s alright Mummy. You’re not bleeding. Just give it a rub and it’ll feel better.’
There’s a lot of other words or phrases that he could have used, which I might’ve said, but he chose the right… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 23, 2013 at 2:07am —
In no particular order…..
20.Dreaming is fun – and important. Dream big – and don’t be afraid to make it a reality. If you want to be a professional soccer player – we will practice together to get you noticed. If you want to join the ballet – we will find you a place to teach you how to dance. If you tell us that you are gay – we will support you 100 percent.
19.School is important, but it’s not the be all and end all. This is not an excuse to let your grades drop… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 19, 2013 at 4:56am —
Don’t ask me how I, out of all people, seemed to have produced two boys who love cleaning – the absolute opposite of me.
My boys have been fascinated with the vacuum cleaner since the first time they saw it. It was probably the noise, more than the functionality of it that made them want to try it the first time the other day. Am I complaining? Hell to the NO! Maybe they could see it suck up all the crap from the rug in our house, which made them want to give it a shot.
Added by Jessica Breen on April 18, 2013 at 1:58am —
Like any mother, all you dream for, for your children is the safest, most perfect life possible. I love how I live in a safe neighbourhood, with great neighbours, and plenty of space for the boys to run around. I can’t wait till they can ride a bike along the bike track, or take our dog for a walk to the local playground. I love hearing the boys speak and sing, and try out new words. I can’t wait to hear them read their first book, or remember the dance moves to their favourite… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 17, 2013 at 2:40am —
Catching myself belting out an awesome tune from my iPad, thinking I should have auditioned for Idol (sarcasm intended), I peek into the rear view mirror to see Jack bopping his head, seemingly enjoying what he is hearing. I yell over the beat, ‘Mummy’s voice is pretty awesome isn’t it?’ Which enticed a very quick ‘No.’
Unluckily for him, I disagree, and will continue singing with blissful ignorance. Maybe I can even show his friends some day :p
Added by Jessica Breen on April 12, 2013 at 12:40am —
Since Jack’s first Christmas, and seeing Santa at our local shopping centre, it was a no-brainer for us to carry on the traditional lie that Santa exists. So does the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy. We even like the idea from the picture below. When the ice-cream truck bell is ringing, it means that they have run out of the good stuff.
We don’t think it’s a bad thing to tell little white lies to the kids. They’re much more entertaining than the truth. ‘Nah, there’s no magic in… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 11, 2013 at 7:21am —
One would think that a life changing event,… Continue
Added by Leah Mastilock on April 11, 2013 at 12:50am —
Let’s all begin with acknowledging and accepting that it is Australian law, to allow women to breastfeed their babies, wherever they damn well feel like. If it makes you uncomfortable, face the other way or go somewhere else. That’s right; use some muscles, and turn your bum or head in a different direction. Is she really putting you out by being in the same room as you if you don’t have to look at her? NO!
To me, feeding a baby in public is a gazillion times better than having a… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 9, 2013 at 7:07pm —
I had a friend come over to my house just after Ollie was born, and his words were, “I’ll look after the boys while you have a nice hot shower and look presentable.”… I could not be bothered to be offended by it – instead, I couldn’t be more grateful! Most new mums would probably agree that having a shower and looking after yourself is not on the cards with a newborn (and a 1 year old in my case). Yeah, I suppose you could find 5 minutes if you were desperately looking for it, but for me, when… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 9, 2013 at 4:55am —
“Breast is best” is the message that was drilled into me, and probably most new mothers, throughout my pregnancy and straight after birth. I can see why some new Mum’s feel the guilt and sadness when breastfeeding doesn’t go to plan – like me.
When Jack was born, I had nurses come and help me day and night with extracting milk, latching on techniques and everything else ‘boob’ while I was in the hospital. I became so overwhelmed with the difficulty and coordination that it took just… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 8, 2013 at 1:02am —
Orignially posted by The Honest Mommy at http://thehonestmommy.com
Six months ago, I left my position as the Director of a child care center in order to spend a year at home with my son. Since then, I have been constantly concerned that taking time off to be at home will hurt my career in the long run. As the end to that year at home quickly approaches, I’ve got decisions to make. Stay at home for one more year or find a… Continue
Added by Caitlin Beauchaine on April 7, 2013 at 3:12pm —
It seriously does my head in when you think everything is peachy-keen with the boys, only to discover they are trying to destroy the house, with as much smelly, powdery, creamy stuff as possible.
Ok, I’m lucky to not have experienced poo all over the walls, but I have had the pleasure to have walked in on powder, bum cream, wee, pen, cat bikkies, cat litter, fish food pellets, shredded paper, and everything else in between. I can understand how much fun it would be, to not have a… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 6, 2013 at 6:05pm —
When Jack and Ollie were each about four months old, we started getting them used to sleepovers at their grandparent’s house. I knew that I wanted to get them used to sleeping wherever we needed them to go – so started them early to get used to it. AND IT’S BEEN BRILLIANT! Not only do they look forward to going to our parents, but they don’t make a fuss when we walk out the door.
About once a fortnight or 3 weeks, they’ll spend the night away to give hubby and I time to relax, and… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 5, 2013 at 5:42am —
We’ve hit the 12 month anniversary of toilet training for Jack, and finally, he is in undies day and night, with so far, no accidents! CAN I HEAR A HALLELUJAH!
Jack kind of worked backward with the whole training thing. I guess I can call myself lucky that from the get-go he nailed doing poos in the toilet. Wees however, have been a whole different story. I can’t tell you how much I hate washing undies and bed sheets, and the smell of wee is the absolute pits. But, even though I have… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 2, 2013 at 4:05am —
Growing up with a younger brother, I always believed that when I have a family, I would have a daughter and son too. I was lucky enough to fall pregnant easily, and when I wanted to. My baby genders however, didn’t go to plan.
I have a wooden chest full of girly stuff which I’ve been ready to pass down to my daughter for years; but having two boys, the question is whether I’m ready to risk a third son.
Two boys are hard work! I see friends with daughters, and girls just… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on March 28, 2013 at 7:58am —
For my entire life, I have had so many people comment on how much I look like my mother, yet neither of us have been able to see it. The same thing is happening to my boys. 'Oh, he looks just like you.' Or 'He has his daddy's eyes.' Etc, etc... And I'm still totally blind to it!
What I can see in Ollie, is that he has white blond hair like my brother did, and brown eyes like his uncle. Jack has blue-green eyes like no one I know, and is left handed like a couple of uncles too. Before… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on March 27, 2013 at 7:04am —