Going out as a mommy can be difficult. For some of us, it’s been months (or even years) since we’ve been out. If you are in need of MNO (Mom’s Night Out) and are going to brave the crowds, follow these unwritten rules and no one will even give a second glance at your mom jeans and spit-up soaked shirt.
As a parent, I often find myself wondering where my social life has gone. Managing both a career and a family, running back and forth between school and sports practices, and trying to keep the house from falling apart has me feeling like a maid and glorified chauffeur most days. My non-kid friends hit up happy hours, spend Friday nights out on the town, and have the luxury of sleeping in on Saturdays. All the things I used to have (insert crying face here).
Like every other millennial mommy out there, I capture nearly every moment on my phone. Whether that be via picture, video, Instagram story, Snapchat, or Boomerang...I get them all. And then they just sit there... gathering cyber dust, and getting buried beneath 100 pictures of our latest vacation, or my son's 50 picture selfie rampage. There has to be something better do with these rather than just sucking up our iPhone storage, right?!
When should kids be allowed to go on their first date? Should it be supervised? Should sex education be taught in schools? And if so, at what age? And how young is too young to expose children to these topics? Ugh, I don’t know! I’m with the vast majority of parents who hate to even think about their kids growing up and starting to date, let alone doing anything else!
Trying to decide whether or not to do maternity photos? I was unsure at first too but I'm so happy I decided to go for it. Are you simply looking for inspiration and some modern photo ideas? Check out this awesome Arizona desert photoshoot at sunset. The stormy skies and landscape were nothing short of perfection.
I will never raise my daughter to be a homemaker. Now, before all the stay-at-home-moms freak out and start hurling insults my way, let me assert that I have no problem with those who choose to forgo a career in order to be at home with their kids. I think staying at home is a noble, and insanely tough job! But hear me out...
I don’t know about you, but I would like to challenge our elder generation when they tell us how great life “used to be” and how horrible things are today… especially in regards to how we raise our children. There is nothing horrible about our generation. It’s just different. And since when is different a bad thing? So please stop mumbling “kids these days” under your breath, while shaking your head in disapproval. Kids these days are just fine, as will be the kids of tomorrow, and the following generation.
Modern society idolizes motherhood. We are supposed to be perfect creatures, who never get a day off, and certainly never make a mistake. These over-the-top expectations often lead to mom-guilt; a snarky little feeling that likes to creep in and ruin your day. If you have a full-time job (or even part-time for that matter), and then go home to another full-time job, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.
It's funny because it's true. All mommies need a little inspiration from time to time. Someone to say, “…you’re doing a great job you beautiful mess, you.” And if you’re like me, some days you need to know that you are not the only mom who struggles just to keep the house from burning down. If you can't make fun of your parenting mistakes and laugh through the struggles, then you need an adult beverage and to chill out. Seriously.
“I’m not like regular moms, I’m a cool mom” said literally every mother… ever. But what really makes a mom cool? Isn’t cool a subjective word anyways? If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then cool definitely falls into the same category. And kids’ minds are also easily shaped, so essentially, you can make them believe whatever you want. But being a cool mom is more than that. It means appearing cool to other moms too, not just your kids. And if you so desire this type of coolness, be prepared to do the following.