We all know moms are tough. The phrase Mama Bear wasn’t pulled out of thin air. But sometimes, the media gets it wrong. It so loves to portray man as the protector of the house that it often forgets that moms do more than bake cookies and keep things clean. But every once in a while, TV gets it right. These 10 TV moms aren’t just tough as nails: They’re tougher than any guy we know.
As parents, we realize that kids are all a little different, but you often wouldn’t know it when traveling through a children’s toy store or clothing store. Most days it feels like are children are shoved into one of two distinct boxes—a pink one or a blue one—and society tells them over and over again that’s where they should stay. Encouraging our children to be who they want to be is hard when our sons are getting bullied for wearing nail polish and our daughters can’t lead without being bossy. So how do we do it? The same way we encourage other skills: We read them books about it. These eleven gender-creative books teach our children that they don't have to fit into neat boxes, and that they're just great the way they are.
Let’s be real: Being a mom is tough. Sure, it’s the most rewarding job you’ll ever have in your life, but it’s also one of the hardest, and the most thankless. No one pats you on the back for defusing a tantrum, and your kids certainly aren’t thanking you for the wholesome, organic lunch you neatly bento-boxed them. In fact, they’re probably trading their carrot sticks for a pack of Oreos as you read this. Sometimes, it takes a little extra inspiration to make it through the rough days. Here are some of the best inspirational quotes for moms.
One great way to make the holidays really feel like they belong to you as a couple and aren’t just pale hand-me-downs of the holidays your parents put together is to start some new traditions within your home. While you’ll certainly want to carry on some of the holiday traditions you both enjoyed when you were younger, starting new traditions with your budding family can make the holidays feel unique to you and add a little extra touch of magic to the season. If your young family is looking to start some new traditions, here are some great ideas to get you started.
Creating a time capsule is often an assignment in late elementary or early middle school. Even if your child is not specifically instructed by their teachers to make a time capsule, you may be interested in helping them to create one. These are transition times in your child’s life. Time capsules are a great way for your child to acknowledge that change is a part of life and that it’s not always a bad thing.