Mommy A to Z

Motherhood, Alphabetized.

May 26, 2016
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F is for… Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

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I don’t know about you, but I never know what to get my husband for Father’s Day. He doesn’t fish or golf, and I worry that tools or grill instruments just scream “Here’s one more thing to do around the house.” So I like to get a little creative when I can. If you’re also looking for some new ideas, check out these fun Father’s Day gift ideas below.

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May 24, 2016
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5 Things No One Tells You About Toddlers

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Some days the parenting deck feels stacked against you. Just when you’re ready to enter the winner’s circle for getting baby to sleep through the night, the game changes. Suddenly your tiny human is walking and talking, testing the limits of childproof locks and your sanity. While toddlerhood is filled with many moments of joy and exploration, there are a few things about toddlers you may not expect. Here’s the lowdown. Continue Reading →

May 22, 2016
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #97

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Join the Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog HopManic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured great posts on everything from technology and parenting to fun ways to get your family moving. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z, Twitter, and the *NEW* Manic Mondays Pinterest page. So come link up your favorite post, mingle, and have a great time!

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May 18, 2016
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Why Are We Talking About the Transgender Bathroom Issue?

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Recently my daughter woke up at 4 a.m. with terrible stomach pains. She was doubled up on her bed, crying and miserable. She’d had the stomach flu earlier that week but had been doing much better. Yet here she was, no vomit, no diarrhea, just awful, crippling pain, hours before the doctor or clinic would be open. I called her doctor, who advised me to take her to the emergency room.

I hesitated for a moment. Even with insurance, our copay for an ER visit is a staggering $300. Was it necessary to rush her to the ER if this was just a passing virus? But what if her “stomach bug” was something more serious? What if it was her appendix? What if something happened to her because we couldn’t afford an ER visit? Continue Reading →

May 16, 2016
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M is for… Mindful Mondays (Take a Walk)

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Recently my husband took our daughter out for some father-daughter time. My son has become a little couch potato, and asked to watch Curious George in their absence. Thinking about cooking dinner, I was tempted to agree. However, I decided instead we should go for a walk. Unsure where to go, we headed to the park near our house. I was apprehensive, as the park’s playground was a bit of a distance and it was close to dinner time. By the time we’d get there, we’d have to turn back. But for some reason, a nice long walk with my toddler seemed more important than a timely dinner.

As we wandered along, my son stopped to look at many things: sticks, leaves, rocks, the river that flowed nearby. At first, each time we paused, I worried about making it to the playground with enough time to play. But little by little, I let go of our destination. So what if we didn’t make it to the jungle gym? Weren’t sticks and puddles just as interesting? Wasn’t throwing grass in the stream just as meaningful an experience to my little guy? Continue Reading →

May 15, 2016
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #96

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Join the Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog HopManic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured great posts on everything from making time for Mommy to supporting each other through loss. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z, Twitter, and the *NEW* Manic Mondays Pinterest page. So come link up your favorite post, mingle, and have a great time!

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May 13, 2016
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M is for… Mommy Guilt

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Mommy guilt. We’ve all experienced it. My daughter wants to play Barbies but I’m soothing my toddler after a tantrum. My son wants to read but I’m racing to meet a work deadline. It’s international food day at daycare and I packed my kid a ham sandwich. When you’re a mom, guilt is a constant companion. That’s why I’m thrilled to bring you a special guest post, “I Forgot Something!” from Jennie at the terrific website crazytoclear.com. I know you’ll all relate! Continue Reading →

May 9, 2016
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M is for… Mindful Mondays (In Their Shoes)

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Mindful Mondays, where we explore ways to be more present in our parenting and in our lives. This week I want to talk about empathy. I tend to be a highly reactive person, flying off the handle when I’m upset. This morning, while rushing my daughter out the door to her school bus, I snapped at her for not putting on her jacket. Looking hurt, she asked me, “Mommy, when I’m in second grade, are you going to be this crazy?”  Continue Reading →

May 8, 2016
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #95

The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Join the Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog HopManic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured great posts on everything from how to pack for road trips to the best Mother’s Day gifts for Mom. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z, Twitter, and the *NEW* Manic Mondays Pinterest page. So come link up your favorite post, mingle, and have a great time!

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April 28, 2016
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When You’re a Man

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“When I grow up, I’ll be a man,” you shout, a smile beaming from your sweet face. I tickle your belly, barely covered these days by your favorite, faded Superman tee. “Yes,” I say, trying to smile, “one day you’ll be a man.”

I continue to smile, but I grow quiet, filled with thoughts I can’t express to you. With bittersweet emotions I hold inside. Continue Reading →