#IMOMSOHARD – we mean, what mom doesn’t?? Well, a couple of moms decided to grab a camera, set the stage in the playroom, and talk about how they were screwing it all up – hard! Meet Jen Smedley and Kristen Hedley who discuss the ongoing cycle of criticism, whether real or perceived, that causes moms to lose their confidence. They paired up with Yoplait yogurt to discover new research that suggests moms are internalizing the judgment and even changing the way they are parenting as a result. To judge or not to judge, what’s funny about that? Well, if it has anything to do with these two… you might be surprised!
Summer is in full swing and beach days are upon us. Whether you live near the beach or plan to have a beach vacation, there are many things to keep in mind when spending time at the beach. Taking several safety precautions when enjoying the beach will help prevent injury or death in relation to the water and weather.
Do you enjoy a glass of wine or two? Chardonnay? Cabernet? We start our day with coffee and end our days with wine. At the end of a particularly challenging day of wiping butts, negotiating with your little monsters, and enduring tantrums, wine can feel like a necessity. Don’t let the haters convince you that wine is just a mom trend or that you shouldn’t drink your beloved vino. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life! Wine does more than calm nerves, it packs a punch with some amazing health benefits. According to science, moms need to drink wine!
After a long, strenuous workout, many people head into their gym’s sauna for a period of relaxation. A sauna’s heat mimics that of moderate exercise – increasing heart rate and increasing sweat output – so it is a favorite among those who are active no matter their level of fitness. Traditional saunas are the ones you will see most often within gyms and spas. They use a heated room with a high temperature to create the desired effects. A lesser known and increasingly more common type of sauna is an infrared sauna. Although its main purposes are similar to that of a traditional sauna, it has particular health benefits that make some choose these over traditional saunas.
If you have ever thought that moving your body to the rhythm of music wasn’t worthwhile, you may want to think again. As a mom, we all know that a baby tends to relax and let go of tension in their little squishy bodies when you rock them (especially when rocked to music). There’s no good reason to let go of that natural-born instinct that movement (dance) and music can do to calm, relax, and rejuvenate you. Next time you hear the music playing, no need to deny your inner dance-freak any longer, because, Mom, here are five reasons you need to dance!
Recently, it seems as though every day there is an article in the news, on Facebook, or on television about a human trafficking operation and its victims. Most of us, well removed from the situation, simply glance at the media piece, thank God it’s not our children and move on never giving the issue a second thought. Unfortunately, this dark and discreet industry has become a part of our culture, a part of our country, and is much more flagrant and widespread than we may think.
Academically redshirting your child is a topic often discussed by parents as their children get ready to enter kindergarten. In short, redshirting your child for kindergarten means to hold them back from attending kindergarten even though they would otherwise be eligible to attend according to the state cutoff age. Although academic research has found no significant long-term difference in redshirting your child, many parents decide to do so in order to allow their child to grow and mature for an additional year. Some parents, however, decide that redshirting isn’t the best option. Even though their child is “young”, in that they have a later summer or early fall birthday, these parents decide their child is ready to head off to big kid school. Reasons vary, from their child being academically ready to wanting their child to finish their school career earlier. One mom decided to do just that – send her child to kindergarten early – despite others telling her it wasn’t the best decision. And she’s happy that she did.
Sex: It feels great for some; other times, it may feel more dutiful than pleasurable and satisfying. If you are thinking that a “duty” has to be performed, then yes, it may not do much for you as far as getting to the pleasure-zone. However, what if you came to the realization that, Mom, you need sex in your life? You need to feel the proven health benefits of sex in order to complete you as a healthy holistic being… and yes, that includes you as a mother. Ready to explore the proven health benefits of why a mom needs sex and turn any feelings of ‘its a duty’ into a pleasure-prescription for lasting health and vitality?
Schools, schools, and more schools. In this country, we are blessed to have so many schools to choose from, however the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many different types it is hard to know where your child will find his/her best fit. The first step is to understand your options, know what each type of school has to offer, and begin narrowing down the schools in your area from there. Luckily for you we’ve done the first part of the homework for you and compiled a list that explains the different types of schools across the nation.
When it comes to the summer vacation for the family, you’ve got a slew of options. Two of the most important: to go or not to go! According to actress, producer, host, New York Times Best-Selling Author, inspirational speaker, wife, and mother of 3, Candace Cameron Bure says the family summer vacation does not have to be stressful, boring, or consist of worrying about if everyone is happy. “Working in Hollywood, it’s essential to prioritize family time and create lasting memories with summer vacations that everyone in the family can enjoy,” Bure said. “Kalahari Resorts is a family-owned business, and they deeply understand the importance of family time. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the celebration as they expand their guest offerings nationwide.”
For some of us we still recall the fear and anticipation of the first day of our last year of high school. Our senior year was one of the first times in our almost adult lives where we were full of trepidation and excitement, anxiety, and aspiration… we were on the verge, at the edge of that precipice, that would determine where we would go, what we would do, and who we would become. As we looked down the barrel of our 12th grade year, we were eager for the thrill of our upcoming football season, but sad, because we would attend our last homecoming. We were elated to make our plans for prom, but poignant because this would be our final hurrah. And we were full of hope and enthusiasm as we walked across that stage to accept our diplomas, yet frightened at the same time watching our childhood slip away.
This incredible mix of emotions plagues every soon-to-be graduating senior and is basically a rite of passage – one of many into adulthood. For some, this journey is simpler, yet no less scary, as oftentimes these young adults have set plans, good grades, outstanding achievements, and a goal for their future. For others, this time can be absolutely terrifying as they have no direction, no set plans, and no idea of what they want to be when they grow up.
How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!
The official period of summer for 2017 is from June 21 to September 22. As we approach the summer months, it is important to consider the danger of the heat. If you plan on enjoying the outdoors this summer, you will be at risk of heat related illnesses. Throughout the entire United States, forecasters are predicting above-average temperatures for the summer months, and with this in mind, it is important to take certain precautions when spending time outside.
Communication. It’s either pleasant, misunderstood, loving, hurtful, or just down right dirty! Any way you spin it, you have much more control over the conversation than you may realize. Consider how a response to certain words can be controlled through conscious, intentional thoughts, or a fly-by-the mill reaction I’ll-probably-regret-this-later-but-oh-well kind of response. Love talk – it’s keeping it real, honest, respectful, simple, and easy, especially with those you love the most.
Getting ready to send your baby to kindergarten is an emotional process for both the parents and the child. Many parents with summer or early fall babies, or “early” kindergarteners, often wonder if their child is in fact ready to head off to big kid school. There are many factors that a family may take into account when trying to decide to academically redshirt, or hold back, their child from entering kindergarten when they are of the appropriate age. Their child may not be academically or socially ready, they may be of small stature, or the parents may believe their child will have an advantage if they wait another year. Many experts believe that there is no benefit to academically redshirting children but each parent needs to make the best decision for their family and their child. Below is the story of one mom who decided to redshirt her child, and why she thinks it was their best decision.