My father was larger than life. He wasn’t perfect, and we didn’t always get along, but he was an amazing dad. Especially at Christmas. While my father felt family was everything on any given day of the year, Christmas was The Show. My father insisted on the biggest tree, decorated with hundreds of lights, both […]
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This year, I came up with 33 ideas for stocking stuffers that are neither plastic nor candy. Try some of these to fill your stockings this Christmas!
My oldest daughter, soon to be 8 years old, sipped her hot cocoa thoughtfully, the white lights of our Christmas tree reflected in her dark blue eyes. She watched me wrestle awkwardly with the star on top. “You know what I really want this year?” ”What’s that?” I asked from within the pine needles, thinking […]
A few years ago, I joined a Facebook group of parents who were pledging to not yell — or yell less — at their kids. The goal was a year without yelling. Around month three, I was failing miserably when someone posted about a mom she saw at daycare pickup who yelled every. single. day. […]
I’ll never forget what the nurse said to me the day I was being released from the hospital after my first child was born. I’m sure I looked like the typical new mom as I packed up my tiny bundle of joy — a mix of fear and excitement written on my already-exhausted face. Sounding […]
On the day after Thanksgiving, we put up our holiday decorations. A wreath made of colored balls in the shape of a peace sign goes on our front door. We put our menorah on our dining room table, and our vintage tinsel Christmas tree gets assembled in our family room. My husband is Jewish, and […]
A few weekends ago our family ended the day at a local pizza place and enjoyed a great dinner together. The restaurant was nice enough to provide the kids with pizza dough to play with as well as crayons and paper for the table — ample activities for the kids to occupy themselves while we […]
I’m the mom you roll your eyes at. I go ALL OUT for holidays. I set up elaborate holiday breakfasts, stash away dozens of holiday-themed books, make birthdays a full-on experience. I love giving gifts, and I love making memories for my kids. But guess what. That stinkin’ Elf you see everywhere? Not in my […]
I love making things and helping other people make things — which is good, since that’s my job! I firmly believe anyone can create things. You just have to want to do it, and it’s OK to ask for help if you need it. Here are some accessible ideas for homemade gifts you can put together […]
Boston Moms Blog hosted a Bad Moms Christmas night out at the movies at Patriot Place. We really enjoyed getting out into the community with fellow moms!
Every year during the month of December, I repeat several hopeful promises to myself: In coming years, I WILL SHOP EARLIER. I will do holiday errands early and check off my “to-do list” before December 1 so I can fully enjoy the magic of the holiday season. The reality is, the early shopping goal never […]
Our family has traveled quite a bit since my 2-year-old twins came along. Each flight has, of course, been a different adventure. Babies and toddlers change so quickly, so what worked one time might not work the next — but you gather new tricks and tips to add to your travel plan each time. I […]
I went to my first music festival as a carefree 20-something. It involved camping, no showers for three days, and scenes from port-a-potties I’ll never forget (it was as bad as you’d imagine). We had a blast, but I never thought I’d agree to another festival — never mind at age 40, with children. But […]
“Mommy, push me high-yaaaa,” my 2.5-year-old yells from his perch on the swing set glider, laughing in delight as I pull the ride-on toy back to launch him into the air, my burgeoning belly getting kicked along the way. My 4-year-old shouts for another push from the single swing a few feet away, so I […]
It’s no surprise that having kids throws wrenches into how you live your life. Sometimes they are wonderful wrenches, though. Here are a few holidays that are so much better now that I have kids. New Year’s Eve With kids, you finally have an excuse to celebrate early and get to bed by 10 p.m. […]