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Going To a Restaurant With Kids: Am I Insane?

by Bleeping Motherhood
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The year was 2010. My first (and at the time only) baby was about four months old. My in-laws took us out to dinner, and that’s the last time I’ve taken my children out to a restaurant and left with an existing sense of sanity.

Since then, we’ve definitely thrown good money after bad trying to recreate the restaurant experiences of “before kids” with varying degrees of bruises, loss of “last nerve” and the parent shame of a child stumbling out the door of the restaurant with an electronic device clutched tightly in their sticky little hands…. More

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What you need to know when you move to the suburbs with kids

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Are you looking to move to the suburbs with kids? There are different criteria to look for when buying a house with kids versus buying a house without kids.

I wish I had received better advice when buying my first home in the suburbs. My husband and I moved from the city to the suburbs more than a decade ago. We had always lived in condos or townhouses, and this was our foray into buying a single family home. I was pregnant at that time, so I didn’t have kids and did not know what we needed. We bought a little ranch in the suburbs which would have been perfect for the two of us without kids. Once we had our daughter, we quickly realized the house was not a good fit for us. We sold it after two years and moved again. Here are five things to keep in mind when buying a family home…. More

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I Paid My Son To Stand Up To His Bully

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He was in fourth grade. I saw it every day. The second he slowly walked out of his school. His head hung down. He carried the weight and sadness of being a victim of an elementary school bully. “Retarded. Weird. Stupid. Idiot. Loser.” All of the words that hurt. Sometimes it got physical. The school counselor was aware. The principal was aware. The behavior continued. I am a mom. I did what moms do. I took that little boy in my arms and I told him exactly what would happen if he finally stood up for himself. I explained that the adults at his school weren’t protecting him. I get it. I come from a family of educators. They can’t deal with every issue. I have no doubt they had bigger problems than my son’s bully. But we were going to end this together. I told that blonde-haired little boy that I had five dollars just for him. The moment the bully touched him, my son was to push him back. And if he did this, I would have his money ready. And I would be so proud…. More

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Fast and Furious

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No, this will not be a review of the movie “Fast and Furious.” More like a review of an app game that my 6-year-old daughter likes to play while we are driving to school. I know, you probably don’t have time for games right now as you have to be a grown-up, but bear with me; I promise there is a point to this…. More

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