Parenting: You're doing it wrong

Megan Spreer

If you’re a parent of small children, just how many foam, plastic or rubber contraptions do you have around your home? You know, the ones that serve no other purpose but to protect your children from harm? I have thirty-three. Thirty-three apparatuses that keep my children out of cabinets, keep ...

Organic, Schmorganic

Megan Spreer

Corn syrup. Red dye 40. Pesticides. These are just a few of the things that I’m not supposed to be feeding my kids. Add to that shredded cheese, non-organic milk and Froot Loops. If you’re paying attention to what the nutrition experts are saying, you probably have plenty more to ...

Hand, Foot and Shut your Mouth

Megan Spreer

My kids got it. That weird disease I was sure a lady made up when she told me about it just six short years ago ransacked my house this weekend. Sores, whining, fever and extreme contagion made me a ball of stress, immediately. My husband broke his leg last month. ...

Parents: Stop Throwing Parties for Everything

Megan Spreer

I’m a member of what they call the “Entitled Generation.” We got participation trophies, played games where no one kept score, and were showered with praise for the smallest of milestones. Even as a kid, I thought it was a bit much. Why couldn’t there be a winner at my ...

5 Things a New Mom REALLY Wants

Megan Spreer

Going to visit a new mom soon? Put down that gift bag filled with onesies and receiving blankets. For real. The new mom you’re visiting already has 50 of each. She’s probably already had at least one baby shower to get her ready for the tiny new person who’s moved ...

I Understand How Parents Leave Babies in Hot Cars

Megan Spreer

Last week, a father was distracted. It happens to every parent. We get consumed with one of the fifty things going on in our heads and we accidentally put everything else on the back burner. Unfortunately, this time, it cost him his child. For whatever reason, he accidentally [left his ...

Sorry Experts, We Watch TV and Play on Tablets

Megan Spreer

Stop it, “experts.” If I see one more study or article that discusses the “dangers” and “risks” of allowing children to watch television or play on tablets, I’m going to lose it. Should we allow our kids to only sit in front of an electronic screen all day? No. Is ...

5 Things Moms Need to Stop Saying to Other Moms

Megan Spreer

Fellow moms can be some of your greatest allies when you’re raising your kids. As I mentioned [last week][1], they can be invaluable when S hits the fan. However, there are times when other moms just plain suck. Yeah, I know. I’m totally backtracking here. I’m not talking about a ...

My Village in a Strawberry Patch

Megan Spreer

We went strawberry picking this week. Cute, right? Yes. Yes, it was. I also got a little ahead of myself. Because Kansas had such a harsh winter, strawberry picking at [Wohletz Farm Fresh][1] (the local farm it seems EVERYONE goes to) has been drastically scaled down. They’ve only been opening ...

Finding My 'Me' Thing

Megan Spreer

It’s funny. They tell you that you’ll change when you have a kid. I was always like, “Duh. Of course you’ll change. You’re a parent. How could you not?” But really, I had no idea just how much changes. As in, parts of you become unrecognizable (and I’m not even ...

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Parenting: You're doing it wrong

Megan Spreer

If you’re a parent of small children, just how many foam, plastic or rubber contraptions do you have around your home? You know, the ones that serve no other purpose but to protect your children from harm? I have thirty-three. Thirty-three apparatuses that keep my children out of cabinets, keep ...

Hand, Foot and Shut your Mouth

Megan Spreer

My kids got it. That weird disease I was sure a lady made up when she told me about it just six short years ago ransacked my house this weekend. Sores, whining, fever and extreme contagion made me a ball of stress, immediately. My husband broke his leg last month. ...

5 Things a New Mom REALLY Wants

Megan Spreer

Going to visit a new mom soon? Put down that gift bag filled with onesies and receiving blankets. For real. The new mom you’re visiting already has 50 of each. She’s probably already had at least one baby shower to get her ready for the tiny new person who’s moved ...

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