Mommy A to Z

Motherhood, Alphabetized.

February 11, 2016
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The Love Letter That Made Me Cry

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Recently I was sick. Not the kind of sick that lands you in bed with a 102-degree fever and a bottle of penicillin, but I felt lousy nonetheless. I stumbled across the kitchen, struggling to breathe while cooking breakfast for the kids, fantasizing about the feel of my blanket over my head. Taking pity on me, my husband marshaled the troops while I took a nap.

When I awoke, I found a note subtly placed near the bed. In my daughter’s 6-year-old handwriting, it read: Continue Reading →

February 7, 2016
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #86

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February 3, 2016
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Take Me to Church: Finding a Place to Worship With a Toddler

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Today I’m at On Parenting from The Washington Post, talking about two things that sometimes don’t mix: church and toddlers. Here’s a sneak peak of my article, “No Church for the Wild: Trying to Find a Place to Worship With a Toddler“:

To be honest, I’m not sure what people are afraid of missing, should a baby squeal or a child shuffle in his seat. I’m relatively new to Mass, having grown up in a Jewish home and married into a Catholic one. But it’s not Inception; if you miss a few words, you’re not going to be utterly lost as to what’s happening or how it all ends. Yet too often we’ve spent the entire Mass ignoring hostile looks and feeling out of place. We’ve left knowing we wouldn’t go back, and no one would miss us. Read the full post.

Have you had any problems attending a place of worship with a small child? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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February 2, 2016
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Yes, I’m in My Pajamas. And, No, I’m Not Lazy

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I recently came across an article about a principal at a school in England who sent a letter to parents requesting that, in an effort to “raise standards,” they get out of their pajamas and “have a wash and get dressed” before dropping their kids off at school. There’s been a strong response across social media, with many people arguing that moms should take pride in their appearance and arrive at school looking polished and put together.

I can’t say I’ve ever arrived at my kid’s school in pajamas. But on days that my husband transports my son to preschool, my son has definitely arrived home at noon to see Mommy still wearing the sweats and T-shirt I slept in, my glasses crooked, my hair a mess. The same goes for Saturdays, when my husband and kids arrive home after swim class. And what would my kids say if asked about this? Would they say Mommy is lazy or setting a bad example?  Continue Reading →

January 31, 2016
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #85

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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 parenting a strong-willed child to enjoying arts and crafts with the kids. 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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January 24, 2016
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #84

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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 accepting your messy home to learning about kindness. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

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January 21, 2016
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5 Television Besties I’d Want for My Daughter

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It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a Gossip Girl junkie. After the kids go to bed, I often turn it on while I’m working. Or sleeping. Or breathing. It may or may not be on right now.

That said, it’s not something I’d be eager to show my daughter when she’s old enough, mostly because of the stereotypical and shameful way it — and many other TV dramas — portray female friendships.

Watch enough TV, and you’ll believe that all female friendships involve the holy trinity of betrayal: sleeping with each other’s boyfriends, vicious power struggles (either at school or the office), and Machiavellian retribution schemes should someone fall out of line. Because girls never do prosaic things like study or talk about zit cream. Women never get ahead at the office by slaving over PowerPoint presentations or having a bold new idea. There’s always a scheme, always a victim. And that victim’s always wearing heels.

And so, I’m always pleased when I come across TV besties with healthy relationships, not based on betrayal but on support, laughter, and comfort through difficult times. Here are 5 fictional characters that, were they real, I’d be proud to have my daughter call “bestie.” Continue Reading →