Can Dad’s Really Handle It?

As I sit here, on a flight to a Blogging Conference, I can’t help but think about some of the comments that people make whenever I leave my household for a few days. Generally speaking, whenever I go on a trip away from my family, someone inevitably asks me “Well who’s keeping the kids?!”and my answer is always “Their Daddy, of course!”. Sometimes I get shocked looks…. Or worried looks of concern. Even if they don’t actually say what they’re thinking (and sometimes they do) their faces say it all: “Do you think he can handle it?!”. The first few times I encountered these reactions it didn’t bother me too much. I understood why they were asking, because I would’ve had the same thought before having kids… Our society constantly reinforces the stereotype of inept Dads… And it’s really starting to irritate me. OF COURSE he can handle it. We’ve been raising these kids together, side by side, for the past eight years. We’ve braved the mysteries of parenthood together. We are a team. Yes, I am with them all day everyday, but the sky doesn’t fall in if I leave. Yes, my children and husband need me…. And I…

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8 Ways to Combat Mama Drama

As a member of the society of motherhood for nearly a decade, I’ve encountered a wide variety of social situations with other moms. Some of these meetings have been incredibly positive, uniting experiences, while others have been down right hostile… or led to people “actin’ ugly” as we say in the South. Issues that fuel the “Mommy Wars”, like Breastfeeding advocates clashing with formula feeders, or conflicting beliefs on how to discipline children, can lead to verbal face offs as fierce as any physical battle… these exchanges and the hard feelings that follow are what I call Mama Drama. Although I do feel strongly about my personal position on most parenting topics, I’ve come to realize that my allegiances to them don’t have to dictate who I’m friends with as a Mom. Time has shown me that I can still have a great relationship with those who think Cloth Diapering is disgusting or that I take being thrifty too far. Our connection comes down to the basic child-raising goals of most moms and the universal situations we experience while trying our hardest to succeed. I call them the Ultimate Goals of MommyHood. These include but aren’t limited to: A) We…

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Running Post-Breast Augmentation

By: Jessica Azar Three days ago, on Monday, I went for my first run after having my implants placed. Running Post-Breast Augmentation is new territory for me… not too many articles online about it and no close friends who have braved it that I can ask. It was exactly one month to the day after I had the surgery… and although the Doctor had cleared me too for a run a week prior to this, I was still nervous about how it would feel… would I be sore? Would I feel like I had two waterbeds on my chest gurgling around? Would I have sharp pain of any kind? I also was concerned about how well I would be able to run after taking another month off from exercising… I had finally gotten back in the swing of running at the end of January, following a month-long hiatus due to lack of motivation and other things. Anytime I ever have to get started again, I always doubt myself…I doubt whether I will still be able to run as well as I did when I stopped running… and how badly my endurance has been affected. I worry that I wont get…

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