Neutralizing Gender Equality In The Toy World – When Will Barbie Get It?

Neutralizing Gender Equality In The Toy World – When Will Barbie Get It?

I was compelled to reason with a mother’s emotional post recently and I think that it should be shared with good reason to urge toy companies to rethink the way they market toys today. Scrolling though mommy groups on Facebook, I often do not stop and read the lengthy ones, but this one was different because quite simply it was written almost as if I myself had written it. The authors words and heart felt emotion is something I have related to for the last 10 years of my first…

A Good Man Walks Among Strong Women – Lessons For My Sons

A Good Man Walks Among Strong Women – Lessons For My Sons

Studies have shown that girls as young as six are influenced by gender stereotypes, and that role models from the entertainment they chose can have a lasting effect.  What about the boys? Do gender stereotypes focused on female leads send the same influence to their male counterparts? Seems that the way we model women in the media DOES in fact have a big impact on our young sons too. While raising my own two boys I have noticed that a lot of their perceptions of women are not just made…

Raising Independent Children – We Can All Learn From New Dad Russell Brand

Raising Independent Children – We Can All Learn From New Dad Russell Brand

_____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ There is no denying that I have sort of an intillectual love affair with Mr Russell Brand, when I hear him speak I am mesmerized by his genius and overall presence. However, recently he has been both criticized and praised for some words he said about how he will be raising his newest addition, and once again I have stars in my eyes and a heart that has turned to utter mush. During a recent interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Russell has admitted that through his fiancee’s pregnancy…

Pokemon Go Is Taking Over The World – Literally!

Pokemon Go Is Taking Over The World – Literally!

_____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Admittedly, I love a unique baby name – in fact my two munchkins were inspired by the names of Greek Gods with an added twist. Yes, I too hopped on the baby bandwagon when searching high and low for a different name for our child…but POKEMON? Really? At first I couldn’t believe that people would actually consider tiny little creatures for names of their tiny little bundles but it is true – people desperate for unique names for their children all over the world are getting inspired by the…

Summer Is Here – Why Is Mommy Happy?

Summer Is Here – Why Is Mommy Happy?

_____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ While parents are cringing at the fact that they will have their children home for a whole 2 months without a break, I am relishing in the fact that I have my two little men home with me for the entire SUMMER! Don’t get me wrong, they are not perfect and most days start with loud obnoxious sounds, arguing and crack of dawn wake ups but I will take these annoyances any day as opposed to the frantic shuffle of a school morning. School mornings are filled with anxiety,…

Kick-starting Dialogue With Your Kids And Netflix!

Kick-starting Dialogue With Your Kids And Netflix!

Raising children can sometimes be overwhelming and most of the time they hit you when you are down with a question or position that you are not ready to answer. That’s why I am thrilled that Netflix has made kick-starting dialogue with your kids easy, because we as parents are not always prepared – let’s face it we mostly are not EVER prepared for those hormonal little bodies and the endless gush of intrigue they posess! From sibling arguments, to peer pressure and body image, Netflix has parents covered! Check…

Kids: Too Old to See Me Naked? Heck NO!

Kids: Too Old to See Me Naked? Heck NO!

_____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________     A couple of days ago I came across a post in a mommy group that has been on my mind ever since, it was a simple question about what age little boys should stop ‘seeing’ their mothers naked. Got me thinking, not because the question was relevant- because to me it really isn’t, but because I cannot believe that in this day and age we are actually harping on issues like this. Let me start off by saying that everyone has the right to their own…

Mama’s getting inked…again! Tattoos & Parents.

Mama’s getting inked…again! Tattoos & Parents.

Ready for my secret reveal? I am finally going to share with the world a piece of me… I am a tattooed mama- though you would never know it- I am. When I was younger I never thought of the idea of getting a tattoo as much of a choice. In my family, we just didn’t think to even ask or do something so altering to our bodies. Then my brother-in-law came into the family- tattooed, pierced and a full on tattoo artist too. Within a few years, we were…

Our Horrifyingly Beautiful World.

Our Horrifyingly Beautiful World.

I am a mama that worries…A LOT. I worry that my children will go out into this world that is not safe anymore, I worry about how they will adapt to a harsh reality that is today. I worry that they will be too ‘soft’ to mesh well with others, and I worry that they will never ever get to see all the beauty that truly is around them. Reality sucks. In light of the past events that have happened both last week and yesterday’s bombings, restoring faith in humanity…