Staff blogs

Staff blogs

0

Put on your own oxygen mask first

I’m not a big fan of unsolicited parenting advice. It makes me uncomfortable, annoyed, and even anxious. Does that stop me from receiving it? No. Does that stop me from doling it out to others? No. It’s a sickness. As soon as we become parents (and sometimes ... Continue reading

0

My parenting has reached an all new low

There are most definitely hills and valleys to this parenting gig. I’m in a very low and dark valley right now. My days are exhausting and I feel as though I yell more than I laugh with my children. They’re testing boundaries and my brain is desperately ... Continue reading

0

Parents, Stop Parenting Other Parents

It never ceases to amaze me how people ignore or completely throw out the idea of social norms when it comes to parents. Fellow moms and dads, so-called experts and relatives don’t hesitate to offer advice and seem to love to tell people how to do their ... Continue reading

0

How do you spread holiday cheer?

Our family is still trucking along with our whole “less is more” Christmas makeover. The girls are loving the holiday activities we’ve planned and don’t seem to care that their Elf on the Shelf does little more than move locations. She’s kind of lazy. However, as we ... Continue reading

0

I Broke Christmas

Please don’t be angry with me, but I have a confession: You know those crazies who go out shopping the day after Thanksgiving? The ones who wait in ridiculously long lines to score loot for deeply discounted prices? The ones who now go out before they’ve even ... Continue reading

0

Keepin’ it real: My kids have dirty mouths

It’s that time of year again. Rest assured, I’m not talking about the holidays right now. You don’t need me to tell you that they’re here. Hobby Lobby did that back in August when they put out their Christmas decorations. No, I’m talking about the biannual reminder ... Continue reading

0

Fine, Be a Witch

My 3-year-old is killing me. There’s a daily battle of wills going on at our house, and I feel like I’m losing. HJ now has her own opinion. Oh, does she have opinions.I’ve been anxiously waiting for the day I would learn her favorite color, hear her ... Continue reading

1

Lawrence: a great place to have a baby

This, sadly, will be my last Daddy Rules column. Ironically, my writing a farewell column at this time has a lot to do with the fact that I am a new parent. Right around the time I got the job at the Journal-World, in early 2013, I ... Continue reading

0

New dads need support, too

Fatherhood has never been easy. But with all the societal pressures of today, is it more difficult now than it's ever been? Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a doctoral candidate at Kansas University, sheds some light on this question with her recent research study into the effects cultural stressors have ... Continue reading

0

5 Things I Want to Tell New Parents

There are so many things that I wish someone had told me when I first became a mom, and I’m not talking about which diapers to use or which baby carrier is the best. I read enough reviews to figure that stuff out. The things I needed ... Continue reading

0

Endless worries accompany parenthood

In the cold light of day, I can get away with calling it a penchant for planning, or on rare occasions when things go right for my fantasy football team, prognostication. But if we call it what it really is—worrying—I don’t have to be modest. I’m a ... Continue reading

0

Mama needs to put down the phone

My husband and I have been discussing our (particularly MY) phone use lately. The conversation has been mostly focusing on the amount of time I spend behind my phone screen, not necessarily how I’m using it. Let’s just say these conversations get quite tense at times. That’s ... Continue reading

0

Your kids are what you eat

Show me a picky eater and I'll show you someone whose parents were picky eaters. One thing I've tried avoid during the first 11 months of my daughter's life has been making healthy foods seem weird or like a punishment of some kind. I believe parents who ... Continue reading

2

Teach them about sex, the right kind

This is a hard time to raise girls. It’s not because of all of the reasons I’d thought would make it difficult either. The newest dolls, dresses, Barbies, dance classes and the like aren’t the things that scare me as they grow older. Worries about missed curfews ... Continue reading

0

Saying Goodbye to My Baby

One of the things I struggle with as a parent is saying goodbye to each stage and welcoming new stages without sadness. No matter how proud and excited I am for my girls to reach a new milestone, there is always a tinge of sadness that another ... Continue reading

1

Parenting: You’re doing it wrong

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 ... Continue reading

0

9 ways to protect your child’s vision health

My 10-month-old daughter just will not keep her sunglasses on. That's not surprising — given that she's 10 months old — but all the same I'd really like to protect her vision when we go for walks on hot summer days and the sun is beating down ... Continue reading

0

Organic, Schmorganic

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 ... Continue reading

0

Are smartphones a gift or a curse for parents?

Parents, how many times has this happened to you? Your child is doing something adorable — laughing hysterically, fully in the moment — when, instead of savoring this completely organic occasion, you … search for your cellphone. You feel your pocket, look on your coffee table, before ... Continue reading

1

Hand, Foot and Shut your Mouth

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 ... Continue reading

Previous