You may be a mama now, but once you were a raging load of hormones.  And when your teenage crush didn’t love you back, you probably made a mix tape to get through the pain. And if you did, these 17 songs and their ridiculously cheesy lyrics were definitely on it: 1. Open arms (Journey):  Softly you whisper, you’re so sincere; How could our love be so blind? 2. Love a lifetime (FireHouse):  With every kiss our love is like brand-new; and every star up in the sky was made for me and you… 3. Making love out of nothing at...

I recently read an interview with a police officer who urged parents not to teach kids to fear the police by telling them they’ll go to jail if they’re bad. “We want kids to run to us when they’re scared, not run from us because they’re scared,” he said.  And I totally agree – in theory.  But the truth is, when I’m out with my kids and they’re misbehaving and a policeman walks in, I’m like “Score!”  I open my mouth, cough out a big ol’ “uh-oh”...

Whoever said Disney World was the happiest place on earth wasn’t there with me in 1983. As a 7 year old girl, I took that trip during the Epcot center’s exhibit showcasing state of the art advancements in communications.  Walking through the awe inspiring AT&T Pavilion with my parents, I remember turning to my mother and asking which was better, the exhibit or my science project.  With no hesitation, she chose the Epcot exhibit.  What I remember of the rest of that...

No matter how different our kids are, all of us parents seem to have similar experiences.  And while each phase in our children’s lives brings new joys and challenges for parents, I find that having a preschooler is particularly trying and humorous. So for anyone who currently has a preschooler or who has ever had a preschooler in the past, I present to you my top 20 list of ways you know you’re the parent of a preschooler. You have learned how to walk with 30 pounds of...

Indoor waterparks are like heaven on earth for most kids, especially during the long winter months. My husband and I just took our little ones to such a park and they had the time of their lives. But as I watched them run from the slides to the arcade to the myriad of other child-friendly activities, I kept thinking the same thought.  No, it wasn’t how great it is to be a kid.  Nor was it the awful things I’d like to do to the person who invented the claw machine in the...

Halloween rocks when you’re a kid. You know when it doesn’t rock? When you’re a kid’s mom.  It sucks to be a mom on Halloween.  And if you’re thinking “Aww I love Halloween with my little angel,” that’s because your kid is two years old.  You tote a human bumble bee to a baby party and then go home to resume your life. But when your child gets a little older, you’re in for a real treat. I didn’t always hate Halloween. When I was a kid I loved it – every...

People love to tell parents the cute things their kids do while they’re not with them. But when another adult starts a sentence with “your little one said the funniest thing today” my body usually seizes in fear. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past several years, it’s that children love reporting what their parents say and do in the privacy of their home. So when my child’s remark is about to be revealed, my first thought is “he definitely told...

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