Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #44

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

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured inspirational posts on everything from fears for your children to the many roles of a stay-at-home 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 and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop
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F is for… Five Things Corporate America Taught Me About Motherhood

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I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch lately.

Yesterday, I was attempting to rush my kids out the door, to pick up the car from the mechanic before they closed. My kindergartner, who had planned on spending the afternoon watching Winx Girls, began stomping around in defiance. Joining in the drama was my toddler, who stood before me with a fistful of Play-doh in one hand and my checkbook in the other — and, of course, no pants.

It was one of those moments where I just wanted to crawl into bed and emerge 18 years later. Was I really going to survive these early years? Was I strong enough to withstand the madness?

And then I pulled myself together with a thought: I’d had a pretty good stint in Corporate America before having kids. I had survived crazy bosses, hysterical authors, Darwinian struggles for the last bagel at sales conference — without once barricading myself in tears in the bathroom. If I could survive that, I could certainly manage two small humans whose life ambition was to acquire ice cream. In fact, I could use my corporate experience to get a handle on this motherhood thing. Here are 5 lessons in parenting, straight out of the boardroom. Continue reading

W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (The Very Breast Edition)

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breastfeeding3Welcome to this week’s Weird Parenting News! This week has celebrity sparkle… and lots of breasts. So sit down, nurse your baby, and read the oddest and most talked-about stories of the week.

Breastfed brainiacs? Here’s a story that’s creating quite the controversy. A study following a group of nearly 3,500 newborns for 30 years, recently published in The Lancet journal, links a longer duration of breastfeeding with increased adult IQs, longer schooling, and higher adult earnings. (Of course, the study fails to mention that the non-breastfed newborns were fed a steady diet of whiskey and Slim Jims for the first year…) Read the story here.

If it’s OK with Daryl… As some of you know, I have a soft spot for The Walking Dead. And so I was really moved by this photo of Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the show, in which he poses with two nursing moms in support of breastfeeding. Either that, or he just wanted to see some boobs. Either way, check out the story.

If you want a date night…move to Michigan. How much should you pay a babysitter? A recent survey from Care.com lists the most and least expensive cities for hiring a sitter. Spoiler alert: if you live in San Francisco, invest in Netflix. Learn more here.

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #43

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

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured funny and helpful posts on everything from potty training to surviving as a first-time parent. 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 and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

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Dear Stranger, Stop Rewarding My Kid’s Bad Behavior

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Last weekend, I took my kids for bagels after swim class. As we got to the front of the line, my toddler noticed some cookies near the counter. I immediately knew what was coming.

“Cookie!” he cried out, pointing frantically. “Cookie! COOKIE!”

I calmly explained to him that a bagel smothered in cream cheese is indulgent enough for 10 a.m. It was breakfast time, and we’d have cookies some other time. He, of course, was not pleased. Shaking his head, he began defiantly screaming “No!” It was clear trouble was ahead. Continue reading

W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (The Cool Kids Edition)

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Welcome to another edition of Wednesday Weird Parenting News! Here are the week’s weirdest news stories.

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Toddler peer pressure. We all want to fit in…and, as it turns out, so do toddlers. A recent study showed that kids as young as 2 will hide their abilities from their less-talented peers. They’ll even forgo chocolate to fit in! So, it looks like you’ll have to dust off your “if everyone jumped off a bridge” lecture sooner than you thought. Read the full story.

Baby names to go. According to Nameberry.com, 15 once-popular baby names are now on the verge of extinction, with the US Social Security Administration recording only 5 babies receiving these monikers last year. So, if you’re thinking of naming your child Icarus or Waldo, you can be reasonably sure he’ll be the only one in his class. Check out the story.

Does this onesie make me feel fat? Wry Baby, an online gift company, has gotten into hot water with Ms. Magazine — over a couple of onesies. The offensive items read “I hate my thighs” and “Love me for my leg rolls.” I suppose it could be worse…said baby could be wearing a Justin Bieber onesie. Read all about it.

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #42

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Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured thoughtful and inspiring posts on everything from embracing the moment to holding on to pieces of our pre-Mommy selves. 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 and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop
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