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WWE Wrestlemania Reading Challenge #wwemoms

It's no secret that we love wrestling in our house. Santa brought Benjamin a Randy Orton wrestling buddy and a WWE Playset for Christmas. On his birthday, Granny Great bought him a Sheamus action figure and I seriously wish I had a video. Get this… He was standing in front of me and Granny Great was in a chair nearby. […]

the reluctant bachelorette by Rachael Anderson {Book Blast}

the reluctant bachelorette

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go. Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any […]

Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness

Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti

my silly boy sleeping

Why Have Kids?

because I think it’s adorable that he sleeps with a SeatPets Airheart monster, Baby the penguin, and one glove on a flip chair in the living room floor!!

If you have read anything on my blog, you are probably quite aware that I am totally in love with being Mommy to my boy. I love the little man he is becoming and we have so much fun together. We laugh and play and he even still loves to cuddle with me. He’s quite the little character and he likes to make people laugh. You can tell that he is happy and that makes me happy.


But, there are times when things are hard. Like when I pick him up every day from daycare and he has had an “accident” because he refuses to go – I get frustrated. Or when I have a blog post due and he wants to play with trains…with me…I feel guilty. I wonder about my childless life before he came along. I crave my quiet time and my little secret this week in particular is that I am totally loving my week alone in a hotel for work.

 

Why have kids if you aren’t going to stay home and raise them?

Since I began blogging, I have met a lot of women who are stay at home moms or who are blogging to get to that point. I can say that the thought has entered my mind…but then I started thinking straight again!! I am in awe of a stay-at-home mom, but I need my time away and he needs to be around other kids AND adults!!


Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti

Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness

by Jessica Valenti

One of the most high-profile young feminists in America, Jessica Valenti takes on the controversial – but necessary – question: Why Have Kids?. If the statistics confirm that parenting is making Americans unhappy, then Valenti’s question is poised to spark an essential and honest conversation about modern parenthood. Through on-the-ground reporting, new scientific studies, and her own burgeoning motherhood, Valenti offers an in-depth exposé of the world of having (and not having) children. She moves beyond the black and white “mommy wars” over natural parenting, discipline, and work-life balance to explore a more nuanced reality: one filled with ambivalence, joy, guilt, and exhaustion.

Jessica Valenti #WhyHaveKidsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jessica Valenti is the author of three previous books, including The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. She is also the founder of Feministing.com, which the Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Jessica – called one of the top 100 inspiring women in the world by the Guardian – speaks at universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad about feminism, activism, and media. She lives with her family in Boston, but remains a New Yorker at heart.

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Why did you have or not have kids?!!

This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a copy of Why Have Kids? and compensation for my time investment and work on this campaign.

Help them Read! SIMPLE Service Project

donating books in the BIG GREEN TUB at Palestine YMCA #NickCFK

Help them Read! Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project #NickCFK #CBias Have you seen the BIG GREEN TUB that I talked about last week? Have you heard about my goal to fill that BIG GREEN TUB with books to donate to the Palestine YMCA? Want to know how things turned […]

Big Green Tub of Books: Nickelodeon Big Help Book

Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive: Help Them Read! #NickCFK #CBias

Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive Help Them Read! Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project #NickCFK During September, Nickelodeon is sponsoring the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project #NickCFK and inspiring us all to promote literacy in our communities by holding a Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive to “Help Them Read!”. For the latest in all things Nickelodeon, […]

God Loves You Chester Blue by Suzanne Anderson

chester blue

God Loves You. – Chester Blue by Suzanne Anderson What if when you most needed help, a blue bear appeared with a note from God? One night, Miss Millie of Blossom, Ohio turns her face to the stars and asks God for help. The next day, a package arrives on her doorstep containing a blue […]

The Lust Garden Book Tour {Excerpt}

the lust garden by billy jolie

The Lust Garden With her perfectly tousled blonde hair and pink, pouty lips, Gianna Salvani is the girl everyone loves to hate. She has it all – fame, fortuneand unrivaled beauty. But behind the seductive smile is an insecure girl who still grieves for the father she lost years ago. With a controversial new film […]

Howard B Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad

Howard B. Wigglebottom - Too Much Good Thing Bad

My boy has started paying more attention to commercials and asking for the toys that he sees. Hubby and I like to buy for him, but we also know that he needs to learn restraint. As always, the lesson we are teaching when a book arrives, Howard B. Wigglebottom is there!!   Howard B. Wigglebottom […]

Bitten Shame by Olivia Hardin Promotional Blog Tour {Excerpt}

  Bitten Shame (Book 2 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy) Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed […]

Kings and Queens Book Blast

Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never […]