I grew up in a small town in Maryland. My grandparents lived five minutes away, and my aunts, uncles, and cousins lived in the next town over. Some of my fondest memories include being smushed at the kids' table...

Raising Givers

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I’m teaching my kids to be givers. It’s no easy feat in this day and age of entitlement. Not long ago, one of my kids demanded a new gadget: “I want it. So-and-so has one, so why can’t I?” (Insert...
*FOMO: Fear of Missing Out, a condition often brought on by social media. I don’t know about you, but many weeks—well, let’s be honest, all weeks—are a juggernaut of school, work, activities, appointments, errands, commitments, and events. Some days you’re...
"Keep it down or I'm going to bust all of your rear ends!" I heard her shout out the door, to the kids, as I got dinner ready. I barely looked up. She wasn't yelling at just her kids but mine...
I adopted my two sons from China. After three plus years of parenting children who “don’t match” me, I’m still surprised by the willingness of strangers to approach me and ask personal questions—rude, nosy questions usually asked with kind...
“Mama, how much do you love me?” She’s asked for years, head cocked and dimples ablaze. And my answers have varied, depending on her age at the time: “Thiiiiiiiiis big!” “To the moon and back.” “More than all the stars in the sky.” “To infinity...
Circumcision is a hotly debated issue among parents, and lots of people like to weigh in on the medical, religious, and cultural issues surrounding it. I read about 20 different websites, including the CDC, which report that overall, circumcision...
Some of the best friends I have, including my husband, were made during my time as a restaurant employee. It was not my intended career path, but a summer job before college launched me into a 13-year-long dysfunctional romance...
Please. I beg you. If you are recording a parenting parody video, just stop it right now. When you're rapping and dancing, it's like watching 1,000 65-year-old dads simultaneously doing the sprinkler to "Brickhouse." I have zero sense of humor about this. Jokes...
I started practicing yoga regularly about five years ago. It has become a necessary part of my life, and I so wish I had started earlier. I've had emotional, mental, and physical breakthroughs on my yoga mat, and I...
OK, so I may be a little biased, but one of the many things I love about Alamo City Moms Blog (ACMB) is the variety of stories we share each day with you, our wonderful readers. Our team has experienced amazing growth since...
As I kiss and hug him goodbye and linger to see that his school day starts well, every cell in my body wills him to have a good day. The mommy voice in my head pleads Listen, focus, try....
"One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker." —Virginia Woolf I do not know you or your situation, so I do not mean...
As the last days of summer simmered behind us and the carefree days of a flexible bedtime faded, I had to start considering my options for making bedtime a reasonable affair. Don’t get me wrong—we’re pretty lucky in the...

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