This one has been around so long that it's possible your own parents read it when you were a kid. It may not give you tips for how to correct your kids' behavior, but it does shed some light on how the world today affects our parenting. Even the most rock-solid relationships are tested by kids. Author Jancee Dunn mixes a first-person perspective with journalistic relationship research to come up with some achievable advice for how to survive the new-parent stage of marriage. That's the goal of every parent, right?
To eventually launch the little birdies from the nest but, you know, not too far? Though they'll always need their Mommy. If you're not looking for advice, but want to read a memoir by someone who writes about parenthood the way it actually is , this book is full of honest insights most moms save for their most trusted friends — like what it feels like when you suspect that your partner is a more natural parent than you are.
One of the hardest things about parenthood is figuring out how to discipline a child while you're both raging mad at each other. Jane Nelsen, a psychologist and mother of seven , teaches parents not only how to defuse these powder-keg situations, but how to avoid power struggles so you don't get to the boiling point to begin with.
Sometimes, you just need to take a break and laugh. And, in a world where "parenting humor" often defaults to easy "mommy needs wine! A parenting book written by an economist? She culled studies, crunched numbers, and cut through the noise of parenting guides to present what science can back up.
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Like a Mother. The Happiest Baby on the Block. Diaper Dude. I'm in awe of who you already are, and I can't wait to keep watching you grow. But let's not fast-forward time just yet. Instead, let's enjoy today. Because today is what matters right now. That way we can be more involved in her interests and be able to chat about what we take away from the movie after. It also gives her confidence in knowing that she has a voice that can be heard. One of our favorite choices? The new live-action Dumbo, because it not only opens conversations about being inclusive and putting family first, but it also encourages her to soar to new heights no matter what obstacles he encounters.
Like that time that we signed her up for soccer after school. Initially she was terrified of having to make new friends and the possibility of not being good at the sport. Being outside of her comfort zone made her more confident on herself and she enjoys those hours running after a ball so much that now every time we suggest new activities she's excited with the possibility of new adventures and discoveries. When she's afraid, we share examples from characters we love. He was scared in the beginning but did it!
Both hers and ours. We want her to know that our family is a safe place to be honest and heard. We want her to be comfortable around us to express herself openly so we can all grow together. It probably helps a lot that her dad is in the art world, so we have a walking encyclopedia of knowledge with us whenever we go to one.
We've already noticed how our daughter is inspired by what we see, and how her little sponge brain is absorbing all the knowledge we put in front of her. Bring home the new Disney live-action Dumbo adventure to share these special moments with your families. This article was sponsored by Disney. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas. I have a confession: I hate to say "no" to people.
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I'm a first-born daughter so perhaps it's just in my DNA to a be a people pleaser. I get a lot of personal identity value from feeling competent and capable. And, truthfully I love saying "yes. I love the "I don't know how you do it" comments, the recognition that I'm the kind of person who always gets things done—they fill me with satisfaction and pride; they fuel me. So when I became a new mama, I said "yes" to it all… to music classes, workout challenges, the Pinterest craft, date nights with friends. And then I said "yes" some more when I co-founded Motherly while having two young daughters.
Do you know what happened? I got burnt out. My personal tank was on empty because I'd left no time for self-care.
I was doing so much for other people and continually putting myself last. I wish I could say that I came to this realization on my own because I'm incredibly wise, but in the end, my body was the one to force me to take a break. I developed optic neuritis, temporary blind spots in my right eye and was quickly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis MS , an incurable neurological disease. Like any significant medical diagnosis, I was rocked to my core and forced to reevaluate everything from my career to my family dynamics, my support structure, my wellness habits—most definitely including how often I said "yes" to everyone and everything except myself.
The good news is, I have amazing doctors and am privileged to have access to cutting edge medical treatments that mean I'm very likely to never fully develop MS. Repeat after me: Self-care is not selfish. Prioritizing your health and wellness as a parent does not make you a '"bad" mom or dad. It makes you a smart parent, an empowered parent, a setting-a-good-example parent. You'll be happier and more fulfilled. And as everyone knows, a happy family starts with happy parents and no one is going to decide to serve you up a plate of happiness.
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Take ownership and make it happen. Living in the present means accepting the limitations of who you are right now. You don't need to do all the things at the same time. Some seasons, like when you have a newborn, are going to be a time to hunker down with your family. Other seasons, like when you start a business or new career, are going to lend themselves to a career-focused period of time.
When your children gain a sense of independence, your season for volunteering may arrive. Empty nester? It may be your season to discover a new hobby. And with each new season comes new constraints and new opportunities. That new baby or new career may mean it's not your season to be a class parent or cook home cooked meals every night. Instead, it may be your season to volunteer for a monthly lunch duty shift and schedule a meal delivery service during the week. And it's okay.
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There will be a season for the other stuff, I promise. I'm not saying it's easy to say "no" but it does get easier the more you practice. Asked to join a meal train for a new mama? You can say "no" to cooking another home-cooked meal and instead, schedule a healthy delivery service for the night. Trust me, when you're a new parent, any kind of food that you didn't have to cook yourself!
Asked to chair a new committee? A perfectly reasonable response is, "I love the work you are doing, but it's just not my season to volunteer outside the home right now. Responding this way instead of with a "yes" that I'll ultimately regret, has been life-changing for me.
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It has afforded me the grace of self-reflection to prioritize what means the most to me in my current season, which now includes managing a chronic disease. And here's a secret: The offers and requests won't end. There's no need to suffer from FOMO because there will always be another opportunity. But your health won't wait, especially for those of us fighting a chronic disease.
We must practice self-care religiously because this journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Find ways to fuel your mind, body, and spirit. Cue the zombie memes and comeback anthems: It looks like Toys "R" Us may be on the brink of announcing plans to open a handful of new stores in the U.
The plan would reportedly include about six stores that would be only 10,square feet a third of the size of the old big-box stores plus an e-commerce site. A spokesperson for Tru Kids told Motherly there was no official comment on this news at the moment. But Bloomberg's reports came after Barry had reportedly pitched this plan at an industry conference last week.
Dolls and Little Tikes, confirmed to Bloomberg that he had been pitched the idea. The toy industry, and those of us consuming its goods, have been anticipating something like this since February, when Tru Kids Inc. That includes Toys "R" Us stores that still exist elsewhere in the world.
That's when Barry began promising that his company was brainstorming new ideas for its comeback. All Toys "R" Us stores in the U. This left nearly 20, employees out of work, and sent many toy manufacturers in disarray. Interestingly, the closures didn't just mean parents bought their kids' toys online or at other stores. This is presumably because without a giant toys-only wonderland before them, people were somehow more restrained in their buying habits. Other factors, such as a declining birth rate and the rise of video games, have been blamed for the slowing of toy sales.
Wouldn't it be nice if it were just because we were wasting less, and kids were whittling their toys from sticks in the backyard? The people bringing Toys "R" Us back from the dead know some things have to change. According to Bloomberg, the new, smaller stores, will include adjustments to modern buying habits.
There will be an emphasis on experiences, including play areas in the stores. Products might also be sold on consignment, so Toys "R" Us won't pay the makers until they sell the toys to consumers.
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How manufacturers burned by the company's bankruptcy will react to that idea remains to be seen. Will nostalgic Toys "R" Us kids—and their kids—flock to the reincarnated stores? They may have to get over this plot twist, first. Disney, is this secretly promotion for ToyStory4?! But let's be honest, if they have the latest L. When the beauty subscription service Birchbox landed in mailboxes in it changed the way we shop for beauty products and it changed the lives of its founders, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna.
The Harvard Business School classmates embarked on a mission to make shopping for beauty easier, and while Barna stepped away from the businesses, Beauchamp remains CEO of Birchbox. The company is a leader in the beauty space and Beauchamp is a leader at work and home, running a company while raising four kids. On the latest episode of the second season of The Motherly Podcast , Sponsored by Prudential, Beauchamp tells Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety about how motherhood was the best thing to happen to her work life.
I found myself in a better headspace with more perspective, a little more chilled out, more creative and also just recognized. Like I just had a lot of clarity. I felt kind of enlightened," she explains. Her personal experience as a parent and a business leader has taught Beauchamp that parents are such an asset to a company, and that's a message that she is trying to spread within and beyond Birchbox. Now as a mother of four herself, Beauchamp understands that the common assumption that motherhood slows a woman's ambition is often so wrong and that in many cases, having kids makes parents more ambitious, more driven and more determined.
She believes that when parents become parents, they may aim even higher at work and employers need to recognize this and see parents as assets.
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