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The Clothes Make The Kid

April 20, 2017
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Baby clothes might just be the best thing about becoming a parent. The styles we love, only way, way tinier. Nothing is cuter than a toddler in skinny jeans, I mean come on. Or hammer pants. Or the teensiest little high tops, like months before he will ever walk. A pair of baby wayfarers or teeny suede loafers can incite a Kardashian-level frenzy from strangers, photo ops and all. I love everything about dressing my kids. I’ve even been known to iron a size 2T dress or two in my day, and my laundry skills should be highlighted in my LinkedIn profile. Now don’t get me wrong, there have been a few early morning latté runs in full pajamas (them, not me – though my mom uniform of tip-to-toe Lululemon is still on repeat, four years in – but we’ll save that for another blog). But for the most part, I take pride in leaving the house with well-dressed, well-pressed little munchkins.

So it was a bit of a shock for me when my son started insisting on picking his outfits, ultimatum-style. It started innocently enough when he insisted on a t-shirt over the sweater I’d laid out one Canadian winter day, but quickly devolved into his entire look, jacket and accessories included. Accessories!? You’re two! I realize that kids want to assert their independence and that it can manifest in all sorts of ways… I know that it’s important to give them the freedom to express themselves. And I gotta say, I love that we’re raising strong-willed, creative and opinionated little beings. I know this will serve them well later in life, but sometimes I just want them to go out into the world in shoes that match the outfit – or at least the weather (bubble gum pink Hunter boots in August, I’m looking at you). It’s like they have radar for the most inappropriate, mismatched pieces. I literally dove across the room one December morning to conceal a rogue sundress and keep it out of my daughter’s peripheral vision. I left the house that day in a sling. She left in a sundress.

Yet as bad as their self-styled #ootds can be, I know it could be a zillion times worse. There’s a girl in my son’s preschool who shows up every single day in full Elsa (or is it Anna?) kit – long blonde braided wig, plastic high heels and all. Her mom has chosen not to pick that particular battle and I don’t blame her. But my goodness, that dress could use a Tide Pod and a new zipper. I’ll take the brown “penny loapers” with the black skinny jeans over that any day.  

 

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Motherlucker Parenting

My Second Favorite F-Word

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of the F-word. It’s extremely versatile and can be used in so many different situations. As a writer, I love that it can be a noun, verb, adjective, and more. As a mom, it…

April 19, 2017
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Blended Family Motherlucker Parenting

Stepmommy Judging

For some people, hearing the word stepmom makes them cringe. I don’t know why this happens. Some people blame it on Disney, some people say it’s from “personal experience,” some insinuate it’s because of religion and some people, I think, just fear the unknown.…

April 13, 2017
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Parenting

What Kind of Mother Will I Be?

This question is one I’ve always asked myself. I always knew I’d make a great mother, but what kind of mom would I be? There’s always the type of mom we wish to be, but that always changes when one becomes a mother. Would…

February 16, 2017
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Motherlucker Parenting Uncategorized

For the Love of the Coach

I love hockey. I grew up in a small town in Long Island and belonged to a winter sports club. Everyday after school my best friends and I would figure skate, drink hot chocolate and swoon over hockey players. The Kesnick brothers? Dreamy. I…

January 30, 2017
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Mom Advice Parenting Pregnancy Second baby

BROTHERLY LOVE (ISH)

One of the (many) things that I was worried about when pregnant with Levi was how Jagger would respond to his new brother. Would he be jealous and aggressive? Would he be loving and helpful? Would he try to flush him down the toilet?…

January 24, 2017
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That Mom

I spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of mom I didn’t want to be. I observed, I judged, I made sweeping statements. Then I had a kid. I’m already doing things I used to think were so dumb … like staying…

January 5, 2017
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Raising Independent Little Ones

Our primary job as parents is to nurture, comfort, guide….and try to raise our children not to be assholes (you’re welcome, society). With my first child, I insisted on doing every single little thing for him.  If I did it myself it was done…

December 29, 2016
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Parenting Pregnancy Second baby

Last Day’s Date Night

Scott and I have a ritual that I think is one of the greatest things we do. For the days before I’m set to deliver, Scott and I go out on a dinner date- every night. It could be just for ice cream or…

December 20, 2016