G is for… Guest Post!

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Hello, all! I’m taking some time off from writing this week to focus on work. But never fear! I’ll be bringing you two thoughtful and funny guest posts — from a couple of my favorite bloggers — to help get you through the dark times. You’re welcome.

Here’s the first post… a fun and provocative response to Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent food-stamp challenge, from Ashley of the awesome blog This Heart. I especially love the part about “posting activists” who support a cause “in 140 characters or less.” Read the article, and then head over to Ashley’s blog to read more great stuff!

gwyneth paltrowDear Gwyneth, Stop It
A Guest Post by Ashley of This Heart

NO, I DON’T THINK YOU’RE A TERRIBLE PERSON. 
And no, I do not begrudge you your wealth. It’s yours. You earned it.

I have to believe that deep down in that gluten and dairy free, Pilates toned shell of yours, you really, genuinely mean well.

I actually think that privately, you’re probably quite puzzled as to the backlash you seem to constantly be the recipient of. It seems that every time you open your mouth about motherhood, identifying with the common woman or offer commentary about the SNAP benefit programs, you are pummeled in the press and on social media.

Time and time again, you try your best to appeal to the masses, the middle and lower classes to be more precise, and show them how much you truly care about their plight and “understand” them.

You try to bring awareness to one issue or another, but why doesn’t it ever seem to work out how you want it to?

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #48

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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 inspiring and fun posts on everything from remembering life before baby to dealing with toddler insanity. 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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W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News

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ID-10054945It’s Wednesday… and that means more Weird Parenting News! This week’s edition has it all, from parents who need to chill to parents who may be way too chill. Check out this week’s strange stories!

That infamous party invite. By now you’ve probably seen this rather demanding invite to a 1-year-old’s birthday party. Let’s be honest. We’ve all secretly wanted to send something like this. I mean, who doesn’t want to control the flow of stuff into your home? But then you send a polite, gracious invite instead, because, well, you don’t want to end up going viral on Facebook. What do you think of this letter?

GoNameMe. A Queens couple can’t agree on a baby name, and so they’re taking their dispute to the Net. The husband, of Greek origin, has started an online petition to push for his top choice, Spyridon, over his wife’s more conventional choice of Michael. This makes total sense, because the Internet community is known for its reason and appreciation of subtle humor. Check out the story.

High times… after bedtime, that is. A recent poll released on 4/20 (of course) shows that most Americans, while OK with medical marijuana, do not believe it should be used in front of the kids. In fact, 80 percent agree on this point. You can count me among the masses… parenting is hard enough when sober. Plus, I can’t imagine anyone handling Thomas and Friends under the influence. Read the story here.

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B is for… Babysitter (And 5 Reasons the Sitter Is Cooler Than Mommy)

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It was Saturday night and my 6-year-old was bursting with excitement.

No, she wasn’t anticipating a wild night of braiding Barbie’s hair and binge-watching Monster High. Something much more dramatic was happening.

The babysitter was on her way.

Once upon a time, my daughter was that excited to hang out with Mommy. However, as my kids have grown older and wiser, they’ve discovered that a night with the babysitter holds many more possibilities. Here are 5 reasons an evening with the sitter is more promising than even the wildest night with Mommy.

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #47

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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 thoughtful and fun posts on everything from understanding autism to appreciating daughters who dance. 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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W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News

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Welcome back to another edition of Weird Parenting News. This week’s edition is full of untamed tales… from wild animals to the wild characters of Game of Thrones. Check out this week’s most bizarre parenting stories below.
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Animal magnetism. In Cleveland, a mom is being charged with child endangerment after dangling her 2-year-old son over the railing of the cheetah exhibit at the zoo — at which point he fell in. Apparently, the cheetahs just sat there and watched the animals (a.k.a. humans) put on a wild show of jumping in after the boy and staging a dramatic rescue. Watch the video to see this amazing tale.

Name of Thrones. If celebrity baby names aren’t wild enough for you, how about naming your baby after one of the characters from Game of Thrones? According to the Social Security Administration, names like Arya and Khaleesi are increasing in popularity in American maternity wards. Hey, if law school doesn’t work out, these kids will have great futures at the Renaissance Festival. Read the full story here.

Cover those calves! Thousands of people have shared these photos of a Texas teen’s dress code “violation.” After the teen was sent home from school for “inappropriate” attire, her family was livid and her sister wrote an outraged message on Facebook. These photos remind me of those Magic Eye images… I just don’t see it. Check out the story… What do you think?

photo credit: Cheetah via photopin (license)
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On the Washington Post… With the Working Mom Blues

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Today I’m at the Washington Post, with a disturbing revelation. In gathering together my income and expenses for my taxes, I discovered a worrisome fact. No, not a looming IRS audit… but rather the upsetting realization that my childcare expenses pretty much equaled my freelance income for 2014.

Now, some of this has to do with the fact that I took several months off to finish and publish my hilarious, life-changing book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood. (Apologies for the shameless book plug.) Yet seeing the numbers on my screen was concerning.

And it raised some questions. About why I choose to work, instead of being a full-time stay-at-home mom. About my fears of giving up a career I painstakingly spent years building. About whether I’m really achieving a middle ground by working part-time.

To find out the answers, check out my latest article. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Is your career more than just a paycheck to you? Do you ever wonder if it’s all worth it? And how crazy is the cost of childcare?! Leave a comment below.

Photo: David Castillo Dominici via freedigitalphotos.net

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