Archive for the ‘Blog Love’ Category

Love Your Kid But Wonder What Happened To YOU?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

In a recent blog post for “Adoption Stories,” her blog on psychologytoday.com, journalist, blogger and licensed social worker Meredith Resnick has hit the nail on the head in describing the early (and sometimes not-so-early) days of parenthood.

She talks about “missing the freedom of life just being about me and my husband.” Something he said “helped me see that now more than ever — when it felt like there was no time because of the kids — that he and I needed to carve out time for ourselves individually, and for our relationship, together.”

Resnick’s interview with Alisa Bowman, creator of Project: Happily Ever After, quickly gets to the heart of what many parents feel during that adjustment period. It’s possible to have “me time” and “couple time” and still be a good parent, Bowman says. “When you put yourself last, though, that’s a recipe for burnout, poor parenting, and marital problems,” she adds. “You keep allowing yourself to get used up and used up some more, until all that is left of you is an exhausted, out of shape, cranky shadow of your former self.”

I loved this interview, and I can’t wait to read Bowman’s upcoming book, Project: Happily Ever After, her story of how she went from wishing her husband dead to renewing her wedding vows.

Both Resnick and Bowman are brave writers who know how to get very personal. In the process, they help readers relate to their own lives — even the lives sometimes lived in tears behind closed bedroom doors. Visit their blogs and I think you’ll be hooked, too. Then call the babysitter and make a dinner reservation just for the two of you — no kids’ meals, diaper bags or talk of preschool allowed.

Who Needs a Vacation?

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

My favorite moms and travel gurus, The Traveling Mamas, are now The Vacation Gals.

Have you checked out their new blog? Beth Blair, Jennifer Miner and Kara Williams are three professional travel writers — and moms — who share their favorite destinations for family trips, girlfriend getaways and romantic escapes. They also talk about the latest travel gear and travel news and offer great travel tips.

What I really like about the blog is that it doesn’t just cover family travel (as much as I love family travel!). They’ll also get your juices flowing for that great girlfriend getaway or a romantic weekend when Grandma’s watching the kiddos.

Very cool:  The Vacation Gals is a finalist in the 2010 Bloggies — the 10th annual Weblog Awards.

Voting takes just a minute, and it’s a great way to support your favorite blogs. (Another fave of mine, Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits, is also a finalist.) Check out all the great stuff these gals are doing, then go vote!

Adoption Stories

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Whether you’re adopted, you’re an adoptive parent or you just want to have a better understanding of adoption and all the ways it plays out in families’ lives (some of which you’ve never dreamed of), you’ll want to check out a wonderful Psychology Today blog, Adoption Stories.

Blogger Meredith Resnick, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a health writer and a licensed social worker. She’s also the mother of two adopted daughters. I have to share one post in particular, “National Adoption Month: Bittersweet.”

A brief excerpt: “Before our adoption, pregnant friends rubbed their bellies and said: ‘The older they are the more problems you’ll have.’ ‘You must feel desperate,’ one said. ‘Do you think they’re even capable of loving you?’”

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Please Vote for Parent Talk Today for “Top Mommy Blog”

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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See that cute button on the left sidebar? It’s just waiting for you to click on it to vote for this blog for “Top Mommy Blog.”

Thanks to all of you who have already voted. We’re rising in the rankings! All it takes is one click.

I so appreciate how you all help spread the word about Parent Talk Today. Thanks!

What Really Matters In Your Life?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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I love stopping by frequently to see what my new friend Stephanie has to say over at Metropolitan Mama. And something she said recently, on the subject of gift buying, gift giving and what really matters in our lives,  caught my attention:

THINGS are so overrated. Things get tossed aside and put under the bed and – eventually – given away. People stick around. People matter. As such, the gift of time is a thousand times more valuable than the most expensive present.”

It’s important to make memories with those we love as opposed to allowing presents to shape occasions, she adds. Instead of concentrating on presents, I think it’s fun to focus in on special experiences. Rather than purchasing a gift, plan a special camping trip or a fancy dress-up dinner or a picnic in the backyard. Spending money on good hiking boots or brilliant watercolors or ingredients for making a cake (WITH your child) is money that is well spent.”

I applaud Stephanie’s values and I think she speaks about them so beautifully. She really lives what she believes. It’s good food for thought as I make my own Christmas gift list.

Blog Love: Please Stop The Rollercoaster!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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I love what Sue Blaney — author, communications expert and parent of two kids in college — is doing over on her blog for parents of teens: Please Stop the Rollercoaster!

As she says, “parenting teenagers is an exciting ride, full of twists and turns that make parents wonder what’s coming next. Teens’ behavior at home can be very different than their behavior at school, confusing parents and leaving them in the dark.”

Parents of teens are too often isolated, unaware that their experiences mirror those of most other parents, and that support may only be as far away as your nearest neighbor, says Blaney. She helps us all learn together. (I wish she lived down the street, frankly!)

I love Blaney’s voice of experience, her practical advice and her ability to make me feel that I’m not alone in raising a teenager. If you’re the parent of a teen, check out this terrific blog.

Blog Love: MommaSaid.net

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Jen Singer, over at MommaSaid.net, is my hero. The woman has been there, done that:

  • Create blog? Check
  • Write (multiple) books? Check
  • Become a cancer survivor? Yep. And although I’m pretty sure this was one challenge that wasn’t originally on her to-do list, she writes about it with candor — and (because that’s Jen) humor.
  • Become a superhero (with great legs)? Oh, yeah.
  • Oh! And she does stand-up comedy:

Vist MommaSaid.net and you’ll see what I’m talking about. And be sure to ask her where she got those superhero boots.