It All Started with a Meatball The Klay Family Blog

parenting-boys-and-girls

There is no shortage of articles that will tell you how being a boy-mom leads to Legos and fart jokes and being a girl-mom leads to princesses and drama. But here is the thing - being a mom leads to a lot of those things. Period.

As a mama to boy/girl twins (plus one more) who defy and embrace gender stereotypes at random, I've seen it firsthand. And while it often happens that television and marketing , the influence of other children and adults alike, and innate desires and drives ...

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mother, twins, and older daughter

I can do it by myself.

I don’t need your help.

I want to go without you.

Parenting is hard. It just is. Not only in those moments of tantrums or tears or overtired children, but also in those moments of pure joy and beauty where you look at your child(ren) and realize that they are growing up. And you begin to think about this whole gig – a deal where you spend your entire life investing everything you have to give in another person, one who you love beyond any ...

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mother friendships

Imagine, if you will, that you’re at the park/mall/germ-encrusted restaurant playplace playing on the swings/slides/climbing tower with your toddler. Things are going well, until another child shows up and throws sand in your child’s face/shoves your little one out of the way instead of waiting turns/knocks your child down. You look around for the other mother, but don’t see anyone laying claim to this new kid. Do you:

A: scoop up your child and go ...

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5 Things Every Father-to-Be Should Know

It sometimes seems that people are intent upon sharing with new parents-to-be only the best or worst predictions about their future now that a baby is on the way.

You'll love every minute! (You won't. There will be minutes where you wonder what made you think this parenting gig was a good idea.)

You'll never sleep again. (You will. Admittedly there will be long nights when you feel like you may never sleep again, but you'll sleep. You may never sleep as well as you once did, ...

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making-the-most-of-summer-sized

The summer solstice doesn't hit until June 21st, but any parent with school age kids knows that summer really begins the morning after the last day of school. For us, it started this weekend. 

We've already had several parties, cupcakes, watermelon, swimming, late bedtimes, tons of sunscreen, and plenty of sibling scuffles to show for it and we're only two days in. Something tells me that it will indeed be a long, hot summer. At the same time, I know that soon I'll need to start ...

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Hooked on Phonics app for early readers

As the end of the school year approaches (5 MORE DAYS!) I’m insanely grateful for the reprieve from packing lunches, homework, and early wake-ups with grouchy kids.  Despite all the challenges, for both kids and mama, it’s been a wonderful year. I think kindergarten is one of those milestones that really force you to consider how fast it is all going, and how amazing it is that kids grow and change so much in such a short time. This time I’m feeling that times two, as my twins prepare ...

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you-should-have-sex

So, some of you are already thinking that I’m a crazy woman, telling you not to hide sex from your kids. You’re thinking of all the ways that sounds inappropriate, right? But let me explain. I’m not saying not to value the privacy and intimacy of the sexual relationship. Rather, I am telling you to teach your children to value the privacy and intimacy of the sexual relationship by acknowledging that it exists.

At some point, your kids are going to know that you’ve had sex. ...

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harry-potter-main

I recently finished reading the complete Harry Potter series with my daughter. It was a wonderful adventure for the two of us to share, and I found – as we read – that I saw the books and the characters through new eyes this time around.

The first time I read the books it was with breathless joy, staying up all night to tear through the pages, sobbing and laughing and rejoicing and feeling at home with the story – but alone with my thoughts as I ...

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so-you-want-to-breastfeed

You’re having a baby. You are absolutely certain/pretty sure/kind of thinking you want to breastfeed. That’s great! One of the great benefits of breastfeeding is that you can do it without making a single purchase. Plenty of women across the world and far back through history have successfully nursed their babies without any extra gadgets or goodies.

With that being said – breastfeeding saves tons of money that would be spent on formula, right? So ...

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organize-your-life

Why are you only wearing one sock? Has anyone seen my cell phone? Have you brushed your teeth yet? Why didn’t anyone tell me we were out of milk?

Any of this sound familiar? It sometimes seems that despite my best efforts to “get ready” for the week ahead, Monday tends to bring a certain level of chaos that only intensifies by Friday, when I’m ready to get a “break” (right – with three kids home all weekend, birthday parties, housework, grocery shopping, and the ...

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