Awkward Family Photos

Nov 11, 2014 by

My Fam (minus Mom the photographer) nailing the Awkward Family Photo.

My Fam (minus Mom the photographer) nailing the Awkward Family Photo.

Ever since my second son was born at the beginning of this year, I’ve been dying to get professional family photos taken. You know the ones I’m talking about: Mom, Dad, and kids all in classically generic poses, beaming at the camera, dressed embarrassingly alike. Yeah, I wanted that, in all of its cheesy glory. So for months, I planned. I picked out coordinating (but not identical) preppy little outfits for the boys (aren’t little sweater vests the cutest?). I found the perfect photographer, perfect location, and chose the perfect autumn day. I even bought the picture frames I was going to put the pictures in. These were going to be the best family photos ever! The morning of our photo shoot I talked to my three year old about what we were going to do, we practiced our smiles, and he was very excited about the whole idea.

To Cell or Not To Cell

Nov 7, 2014 by

We are at a major crossroad.  We are deciding whether or not to get our son a phone for his 12th birthday.  It’s once of those decisions that will affect life as we know it – and once you commit, there’s no going back.  I think my son is pretty responsible; he’s a good kid and most of the time he makes mature decisions. But all that can change with a smart phone in his hand – and the consequences are much more serious.  In other words, it’s not just the phone, it’s the web (literally and figuratively) that comes with it.

Trending: YouTube Videos for Minecraft Gamers

Oct 30, 2014 by

Son: “Mom, I need your iPad.”

Me: “Why? Are you finished playing XBox?”

Son: “I need to look something up on the iPad so I can play Minecraft.”

Me: Confused look

So, this is the new thing.  You don’t just play a video game anymore.  One gaming device is not enough.  Children are now watching videos on YouTube of other kids (usually teenagers and college-age boys) playing video games.  Yes, you heard correctly – they watch videos of people playing video games.  This is the adult equivalent of watching someone watch a TV show.  It makes no sense to me.  Yet, the littles are mesmerized by these teenage gamers running from Minecraft zombies or Mario  racing away in his little cart.

5 Things I Swore I Would Never Do as a Parent (But do all the Time)

Oct 28, 2014 by


I had a very specific vision of the type of parent I wanted to be. And then I became a parent and was smacked in the face with reality. I still have the same basic core values and I won’t budge on those. But then there’s everything else. I will be the first to admit, many of the things I swore I would never do I do now because it’s just plain easier. Yes. I take the easy way out. A lot. Here are a few examples…


Use TV as a babysitter

Pre-Mom: My child will never sit in front of the television. My child will use educational toys to entertain himself. We will spend our time together reading books, doing puzzles, and having intelligent conversations.

What Happened to My Healthy Eater?

Oct 24, 2014 by

I thought I was one of the lucky ones.  After the picky toddler stage, my son had turned into a really good eater.  He would gobble up fruit at breakfast, at snack time he would enjoy and apple or banana while other kids were eating chips or gummy fruit snacks, and after dinner he would clean his plate of broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots.  He even liked asparagus. We had one rule about food – just try one bite, if you don’t like it, you can spit it out.  Food rarely was spit out.

I would listen to my friends talk about their kids who wouldn’t touch anything that wasn’t a chicken nugget or mac ‘n cheese and wipe my brow as if I had dodged a bullet.  Last year, in 5th grade health class, the children studied the benefits of healthy eating and after school he would come home looking for carrot or celery sticks to dip into white bean hummus, or organic peanut butter to slather on whole wheat toast.  When he told me that he was one of the only kids who would eat the salad in the school lunch I beamed with delight.  Ok, I admit it. I was a teeny bit smug.

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