Category: Being Your Best Parent

Working mom hacks: Tips and tricks to make your life easier

Having a moment to blissfully enjoy your coffee in the morning? Mmmmmaaaaybe it's possible if you follow these working mom hacks.

Coffee alone won't cut it. Parents who work full time need a plan to get out of the house on time in the morning with everyone fed, dressed and backpacks packed—without tears. (No one would blame you if you have a little cry on the way to work, btw.)

How do seasoned working moms make it all happen? We asked our members their top tricks and tips for keep...

Posted on December 04, 2019 at 12:59 PM by Laura Baginski

How to hire more moms? Corporate America needs to learn to share.

When I had a four-year-old, a two-year-old and an infant (and a seven-year-old who was in school all day), I had a preschool carpool that was one of the most dependable and important parts of my life. 

It was the linchpin to my getting a few moments to myself. After I dropped off the four-year-old, if I managed to get the two-year-old and infant to nap at the same time, I had a few blissful hours to do things like go to the bathroom by myself or eat a meal sitting down. Nothing stopped...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:44 PM by Emilie Hogan

You can stop asking your toddler this one question

We hear it all day long: at storytime, at the playground, at music class, at toddler birthday parties. It’s become so ubiquitous, you probably don’t even think twice about it.

I’m talking about “can you...?”. As in, “Can you put the bean bag back in the basket?” “Can you clean up that spill?” “Can you share a piece of your snack?” It’s parent-speak for many different situations and in almost all of them “can you” is the wrong phrase. It’s not what we mean and with toddlers, we need to ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM by Elizabeth Jones

How I quit my office job, spend more time with my kids and still make money

My family was blessed with a beautiful baby girl in June 2016. I returned to work three months after she was born. My husband and I had the mentality of “divide and conquer.” I went to work before they were awake, and my husband awoke with our daughter in the morning, got her ready and off to our nanny share.

In the afternoon, we did the opposite. I hated missing breakfast with my sweet girl, but I knew this was what our hectic schedules called for. When I became pregnant with my secon...

Posted on October 02, 2019 at 4:34 PM by Christina Sidoti

10 things I taught my daughters to prevent bullying

Remember the movie Mean Girls, where high school students created a burn book to spread rumors about each other? While I, too, enjoyed the movie and often joke with my friends that “on Wednesdays we wear pink,” the movie exposed some very harsh realities when it comes to bullying. Sadly, with the rise of social media, the issue has only progressed since the flick came out 15 years ago, and the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why provided an even clearer picture of the nationwide epidemic.

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Posted on October 01, 2019 at 1:43 PM by Lori Orlinsky

What if I put my parenting experience on my resume?

I am a 47-year-old mother of four girls who has been out of the paid workforce for 18 years. Right now, I’m in full-blown job search mode to get back into it, so I think about my resume a lot. 

Not surprisingly, getting back in has been quite a challenge for many reasons. But recently, after yet another informational interview, I realized my resume doesn’t represent who I am at all.  

Sure, it has my degrees and all of the very impactful and important volunteer work that I’ve done o...

Posted on October 01, 2019 at 11:33 AM by Emilie Hogan

Kids always making you late? Try these tips for on-time arrivals.

I hate the discourtesy of being late. I hate running from place to place. I hate to keep people waiting. With three little ones in tow (ages 2, 4 and 6), though, it kind of comes with the territory.

But does it have to? These are some of the tools I’ve tried in my endeavor to avoid tardies at school, hold down a full-time job, keep stress and tears at bay, and even enjoy going about our day together. (Full disclosure: We don’t have this subject mastered, but we are committed to keep tr...

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 1:03 PM by Fiona Royer

Encouraging a love of writing in a world of emojis

In a world dominated by likes and emojis, how do you encourage a love of writing in your kids? My traditional, British self has been pondering just this question.

Writing provides the means for children to communicate and to express themselves. There are many ways to help your child feel not only the empowerment that comes from writing but the fun that can come with it, too—at any age.

The very young

A child is never too young to embark upon their writing journey. To set the foun...

Posted on July 08, 2019 at 11:51 AM by Fiona Royer

How I taught my daughter to love being small

Photo: Orlinsky with daughter Hayley

I’ve always told my daughter Hayley that she was smart and beautiful, and I felt that I adequately prepared her for school with a healthy but not over-the-top sense of self-confidence. That all changed one day in preschool when the teachers participated in an innocent activity that had major consequences for Hayley. 

During a classroom redecoration, they hung a growth chart on the wall and placed a piece of tape next to the measurements to show t...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 1:07 PM by Lori Orlinsky

This summer, let your child be bored

Do you find yourself already planning your child’s summer? Are you anxious at the thought of hearing those three words, “Mom, I’m bored!”? Do you feel like your child has to be busy and engaged in social activities all the time otherwise they get into trouble or display negative behaviors?

Believe it or not, boredom is beneficial. In a day and age where we are accustomed to little wait time, instant gratification, and constant visual entertainment, it is no wonder that our children do ...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 11:53 AM by Erica Hornthal