Category Archives: Parenting Methods

What We DIDN’T Do This Summer

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iStock Photo/Photo: Bianca de Blok

The other day I was flipping through a parent magazine and got depressed. Apparently I was failing American summer motherhood. Reflecting on all of June, July and August, we hadn’t done anything of merit. My children were not enrolled in competitive sports or alternative cultural enrichment art programs involving bongos and kazoos. I did not […]

Grandmother’s Rant: Back in My Day, Kids Weren’t Coddled

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Grandmother's Rant: Back in My Day, Kids Weren't Coddled

I see child-rearing from a perspective that none of these young parents have experienced. I grew up in the 1950s, supposedly a conservative era, but actually a much more liberal one when it came to freedom for kids. At that time we kids were pretty much on our own when school let out. The minute […]

Against My Feminist Opposition: My Kids Loved Barbie Dolls

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Flickr Commons / Photo by: Charles Roark

I remember having Barbie dolls as a little girl. I had plenty of them, but she just wasn’t my kind of gal. Barbie, Skipper and friends were usually left under my bed or at the bottom of the toy chest. I preferred to pretend play with friends from a very early age. Fast- forward a […]

Attachment Parenting Doubts: Am I Too Laid Back for AP?

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Attachment Parenting Doubts: Am I Too Laid Back for AP?

Before my first child Hayley was born, I expected that she would immediately sleep in her crib and in her own room. I had visions of getting up every three or four hours, nursing her in the rocking chair in the moonlight, burping her, and laying my sweet little bundle back in her crib before […]

10 Ways to Adequately Embarrass and Humiliate Your Kids

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10 Ways to Adequately and Effectively Embarrass Your Kids

It wasn’t enough that I had four children, they had to all be boys. Boys that peed in the neighbors’  yards and threw stuffed weasels at the new priest. Darling sons that “lost” their shorts during the Preschool Graduation and stopped strangers to tell about Grandma’s bra that “you could tie a knot in and throw […]

Phobias: Motherhood Has Made Me Paranoid

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I tend to fear situations and experiences that are beyond my control. Of the many things I fear, which are not unique to me, but run the risk of being passed onto my children are: heights, flying, spiders, natural disasters, closed in spaces, the dentist, shots, roller coasters and cruise ships, just to name a […]

My Maternal Instinct Didn’t Come Naturally

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Some people told me a certain “maternal instinct” would be born in me after I gave birth. It wasn’t. Perhaps it kicks in for some women, like a hormone surge, but that certainly wasn’t the case for me. Becoming a mother changed me profoundly in an abstract sense but not at all in a practical sense. […]

I’m Always Yelling at My Kids

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istockphoto/photo by Betty Miller

In my twenties, there were days – maybe weeks — that went by where I never spoke much or even raised my voice. I had the comforting presence of a twelve-year-old girl walking quietly to church to sing in the choir. Now I am this: DON’T TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF! DON’T HOLD THE CAT BY […]

The Little White Pill

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Flickr Commons/Photo by Tanya

Something hit my broom and rolled around on the kitchen floor, ricocheting off the baseboards like a marble in a pinball game. At first I thought it was one of my daughter’s beads, so I continued to sweep, not paying much attention to it. Eventually whatever it was stood still, and I bent down and […]

I’m Proud of My Bad Parenting

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Photo: Jaimie Duplass

I am not a perfect mother. Most of the time, I am not even a great mother. This week, though, reading the news… I have come to the conclusion that I probably qualify for the Mommy of the Year Award. Just in this week alone, I have completely forgotten to pick up Girl Scout Cookies; […]