Are You Ready to Have Kids? Take This Handy Quiz to Find Out!

Are You Ready to Have Kids? Take This Handy Quiz to Find Out!

More than once, I have found myself shaking my head as I ask myself, Is this what I signed up for? And then I realize that, as a parent, whether I knew it or not at the time, this is exactly what I signed up for.

Lies I Tell My Toddler

Lies I Tell My Toddler

A friend of mine recently posted an Instagram story featuring some of the lies she has told her kids to make her life as a parent a little bit easier and a lot more entertaining. When I saw her post, it inspired me to do a little digging to see what kinds of stories other parents are telling their kids to help them get through the day with a chuckle or two. When I originally posted the question, I thought I was going to get a huge variety of crazy answers, but what I found instead was kind of fascinating. Imagine my surprise when, over the course of a couple of days, I started to realize that we are all lying to our kids about the same things.

My Boss Is A Tyrant, But I Can’t Bring Myself to Quit

My Boss Is A Tyrant, But I Can’t Bring Myself to Quit

Some days, it's hard to get out of bed. I certainly don't get paid enough for some of the things this job entails (and by enough, I mean at all), but something keeps me coming back.

If You Give a Mom a Minute

If You Give a Mom a Minute

You know that story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Isn't motherhood like that sometimes, only with less cookies and more chores?

I Went on a Vacation Without My Toddler and We Both Survived

I Went on a Vacation Without My Toddler and We Both Survived

Maybe subconsciously I was feeling a bit guilty about leaving my son to have some time to myself, but I don't think that it's fair for moms to have to feel this way. Being a mom brings me incredible joy, but it's important for me to remember that, while it's a part of my identity, it's not the only thing that defines me. I'm allowed to do things for myself and have time alone; it helps me to appreciate the time that I do spend with my son and not take those moments for granted.

Dear PAW Patrol: I’ve Got a Few Questions

Dear PAW Patrol: I’ve Got a Few Questions

To be totally honest, as far as children’s television goes, PAW Patrol is not so bad. The storylines are entertaining enough, the dogs are cute, and the ever-important themes of trying your best and working hard run rampant. That being said, watching this show on a fairly regular basis has started to get me wondering about a few things, and I felt that a blog post would be a good place to get them off my chest.

The Dos and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

The Dos and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

I am a teacher. I am also a parent. Because my son is only one, I have yet to attend a parent-teacher conference from the other side of the desk, but I know that in about 4 years, they will become a thrice-annual part of my life. Because I'm a teacher, I've begun to stockpile advice for my future self to be mindful of when attending these thrilling events, and I thought it would only be right to share these little tidbits with all three of you reading this post. So here you go.

The Perks of Being a Dad-Flower

The Perks of Being a Dad-Flower

Moms - have you ever wished that you could spend one day in the life of a dad, just to see what it's like to do the things you never get to do? You know, like peeing standing up and saving the dishes for an undisclosed amount of time only vaguely referred to as "later"? Sometimes I [...]

I Dropped My Baby off at Daycare and Went on Dates for a Week

I Dropped My Baby off at Daycare and Went on Dates for a Week

When you live in a city without retired parents to help take care of your kids, daycare is a lifesaver. When you have time off of work, and want to squeeze in a few day dates with your husband, daycare is also a lifesaver. I didn't always understand this, but I do now. Back when [...]

What Do I Have to be Thankful For? A Lot. A Lot. A Lot.

What Do I Have to be Thankful For? A Lot. A Lot. A Lot.

This past year has given me so much to be thankful for. I'm so thankful that I want to shout it from the top of a mountain. But I don't have a mountain. I have a blog page and the Internet. I write blogs. That's what I do. And today's top story, in Kayla Young's world, reads something like this: (You'll have to click to find out 😉 )