Pregnancy Health

What You Need to Know About Dental Hygiene And Pregnancy

As if pregnancy wasn’t difficult enough, along with the baby you can be carrying a host of dental issues. That’s because pregnancy hormones and morning sickness can result in unique challenges to maintaining proper dental hygiene. Dr. Tsolair Hovsepian, a dentist based in the Los Angeles area and a mum herself, says that despite the difficulties that […]

Your Health

How Self-Care Makes You a Better Mum

When I was a kid, I took Polynesian dance lessons. I stopped as a preteen when life became busy with other things (Busy: Ha! Clearly I was not yet a parent). And I took up hula and Tahitian dancing again as a college student and early in my marriage before kids. Not performing on stage […]

Your Pregnancy

Childbirth Really Was Harder On My Husband

It bugs the crap out of me when anyone refers to men who’ve impregnated a woman as somehow earning any kind of pregnancy stripes themselves. My kind of ladies are the ones who won’t ever say “We’re expecting!”  or even worse “We’re pregnant!” Nope. It’s all you, mums who have been pregnant. You endured the […]

Toddlers

Stand Back Terrible Twos: A Threenager is the Real Terror

From the time we mention we’re interested in possibly starting a family sometime soon, we’re warned about the terrible twos. “Enjoy that sweet baby now, because the toddler years are around the corner”. No one tells us that behind the so-called “terrible twos”, the real monster is lurking. The threes. The truth is, the threes […]

Parenting

How To Survive A California Winter

‘Tis the season for cocoa around the fire and snowball fights. Except that last part for us in most of California and other warm-weather-year-round states. While folks in other parts of the country are sharing memes about kids refusing to wear their snow jackets, we consider a cardigan and flip-flops cold weather gear. So, in […]

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Holiday Juggle Struggle: Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah

In my family, the holiday juggle struggle is real. We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, but that’s only half the story. Because those two holidays don’t take into account the fact that my husband, me and our two kids live hours away from both my parents and my husband’s parents. The words “Christmas” and “Hanukkah” […]

Parenting

Hiring A Housekeeper Saved My Sanity

   I Hired a Housekeeper to Save My Sanity and Have No Regrets  Whether we’re stay-at-home mums, or working mums, or even work-at-home mums, most would probably agree that juggling parenting with our other responsibilities is hard. There are laundry piles to tackle. Sticky dishes piled in the sink calling our names. Meals to cook […]

Health

How Yoga Changed My Life (Not Just My Pants)

  Yoga pants and mums have become a cliche. Something mums wear to pick up kids from school and swing through the Starbucks drive-through. In jokes and memes and occasionally maybe even in reality, yoga pants exist purely to collect baby spit up and as a napkin to collect potato chip grease. A recent Saturday […]

Parenting

I’m A Mum Who Doesn’t Cook, And I’m OK With That

You know those mums who joke about serving chicken nuggets to their kids on occasion? As is frozen, battered processed chicken parts are the pinnacle of terrible parenting. Well, let’s just say I’d be hitting the peak of terrible parenting every damn day if my husband didn’t do all the cooking. I’m a mum who […]

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The Effective Parenting Tactic I’m Quitting

I wouldn’t wear that. The other kids will make fun of you. Your friend pays attention in class. Why can’t you? Potty training shouldn’t take this long. Your brother had no accidents by the time he was your age. Shaming kids into modifying their behaviour by comparing them to other children works. I know because […]