Author: Holly Robinson

Body image…for boys

The articles about girls and body image are plentiful and the advice is all great.

But what if you are raising boys? Boys have body image pressures as well

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Holiday Shuffle

The upcoming holidays are starting to fill parents with excitement over their children’s joy, dread over shopping, some anticipation over food, cookies and celebrations, stress over family time and the much less talked about… Coordinating of family holiday schedules all while gracefully handling various personalities. Or as I like to call it, the “holiday shuffle.” Maybe this is a total non-issue for some families. For others, there are: Children and step-children with visitation schedules Family members who live hours away Work schedules Family members who don’t speak to each other but want you to make appearances with both parties In-laws that demand…well, just demand Guilt from family members when you don’t spend 100% of your holidays at their respective houses Some families have two sets of families (in-laws and related members), some families have 3 or more (including exes, other kids, cousins, etc.). It can be overwhelming to coordinate all the while trying to keep the peace. Before we had children, we did the driving. My father was a commercial airline pilot, so holidays were not always celebrated on the actual day – and honestly, that made it easier sometimes. Back before kids, our holiday schedule would look something like this: Wednesday before Thanksgiving: Dinner with one division of the wife’s family Thanksgiving Day: Dinner at the in-laws Friday after Thanksgiving: 2 hour drive for dinner at my parents....

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Terrible 3s

[Note: If you are a parent of a 2 year old and you think the Terrible Twos are horrible enough, do not read any further.] My oldest was a parenting challenge. He’s made it to 5 3/4 so far, so I consider that a success. He is healthy but he was a handful as a baby. He cried ALL THE TIME from the moment of his birth until he was probably 15 months old. Friends of mine with multiple children would shake their heads and say “I don’t know how you do it.” And he’s tested us every step of the way with his energy and stubbornness. But he’s an absolutely wonderful kid who may always be a challenge, but has a big, fun personality. And we are trying to rein in the bad while promoting the good energy and leadership skills before we unleash him on the world. So, we thought we could handle anything when our second came around. He was a super baby, so content and smiley. The Terrible Twos weren’t even too bad. Occasionally, when he’d throw a temper tantrum, I could calmly step over him, lean over so we could see eye-to-eye and whisper “it’s not going to work buddy, your tantrums have nothing on your brother’s.”   Photo Credit But then we got closer to the 3s. Now, my younger son will be...

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compassionate kids

Watching the havoc from this storm has been heart wrenching. I lived in Hoboken and so many of my friends from law school and college live in Long Island, New Jersey and New York City. We are trying to help friends and family that are close enough, giving to the Red Cross, trying to find drop off areas for some extras stuff we have around the house, etc. It’s probably not much, considering the massive need. As a parent, it makes me realize that I really want my kids to step up when they can help someone else in need. Without needing prompting, but to have the true compassion to help. I believe that having compassion towards others helps keep perspective in your life and helps your general outlook and happiness. I’m trying to figure out how to make sure my boys have compassion. But I don’t want to shove it down their throats to the point they get tired of the “obligation” but I want it to come natural to them to care. Every year we do Christmas present giving for the children’s community school, maybe we will get back to somethings we did before kids, and work more with our church and community organizations like the shelters and Habitat for Humanity. I want them to have true compassion, not forced action. I want them to hold the...

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Storm Prep

It’s unavoidable. Halloween Hurricane! Sandy! and… FRANKENSTORM! (Photo Credit) We are usually pretty laid back about storm prep, but we may be taking this a little more seriously. And I realize that our storm preparations are different now (with kids) than they used to be. This not only involves having things charged, fueled and accessible, but also having plenty of activities at the ready. I’m not freaking out about having bread and water, I’m freaking out about what I will do in a dark house without power and 2 boys (5 and 2) chomping at the bit. FOR DAYS! Some of the things I am trying to do: We have board games at the ready More pumpkins to decorate Warm clothes put out if we lose heat Travel DVD player charged New crayons ready to open Plenty of food Extra blankets from the attic so the boys can create tents for “pretend camping” 2 extra toys in the attic that they never opened from last Christmas (in an emergency) Anyone else have any ideas? Please share! The other thing is easing their fears. Andrew heard his friends at school saying that trees will fall on houses and cars. We walked outside today to point out that many of the trees are far away but that we will be away from windows or in the basement if it gets very...

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