parenting

An Eager Graduate

Almost a month has gone by now since one of the biggest life events Riley has had — preschool graduation — and I would be remiss not to fill you in. If you remember, Story’s preschool graduation week was brimming with misfortunes brought on by anticipation. If Lesley is not one of those moms to get sappy over something like preschool graduation, I certainly am. So, I was expecting nervousness, unprovoked crying spells, and preoccupied thoughts. Surprisingly, none of that happened. (more…)

Confidence and Your Daughter: Three Ideas for Building Confidence in Girls

I’ve been reading a book off and on for the last couple of months called The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. The content of the book explores different areas of social research that have focused on the confidence of females contrasted with the confidence of males. I haven’t made it all the way through the book yet, but the theories of female confidence are fascinating and very relevant to both myself and my two daughters. Culturally, we see a difference in female confidence when pursuing promotions, asking for raises, and standing up for our beliefs, but how much of that is nature and how much is nurture?
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Don’t Freak if You Leak: 4 Tips to Deal with This Awkward Breastfeeding Situation

By Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best
Few things on this planet are more embarrassing than realizing your nipples have just leaked breastmilk all over your shirt, in public, where everyone can see it. The bad news is, if you’re a new mom, you’ll very likely experience leakage at some point. The good news? Here are four great tips you can use to prevent and deal with it when this situation inevitably arises. (more…)

The Real Family Photos and Why I Fake It

A small downfall of being a single mom is the lack of pictures of the kids that actually include you in it. Like most moms of the 21st century, I have my phone on hand at all times to capture the small memories and moments that make up our everyday, but when I look back at the pictures, there is always a noticeable lack of me. Sure, there is the occasional family selfie but nothing that truly reflects our family and the times that we have together. Though I don’t particularly enjoy having my picture taken and tend to shy away from the lens anyway, it is nice to have a family photo record acknowledging that yes I was indeed there at least in a few pictures. (more…)