Melissa A. and her husband have 2 young sons, E and M, and a new baby daughter. Melissa's son E has hearing loss and wears a cochlear implant. Melissa works as an administrative assistant for a non-profit and also runs a bullying prevention group and a book-related fan group, in addition to blogging for Empowering Parents. You can check out Melissa’s personal blog here.
Recently, my son E was asking me to buy something for him. I told him it was too expensive. He kept pressing me about it and I told him I didn’t have enough cash with me. Then he said “That’s okay. Just use your credit card!” I had to explain to him that we have... Read more »
As most working parents know, it's not always easy to find good after-school care for kids. I have recently been trying to secure after-camp care for my boys for the summer. I received a quick response from someone, but then they had ridiculous monetary expectations for what would be more of a play date for... Read more »
I have to wonder if there’s a play date prejudice against working mothers. Do our kids not get invited for play dates because their friends' mothers can’t drop them off until after we get home? And of course, after school playdates can't be reciprocated, because we're working.
My sons are around the ages where they should... Read more »
I am very proud of myself today -- I just made an appointment for my older son, E, to have his vision checked. It took a second reminder from his school for me to make this appointment.
I have recently developed a fear of making appointments and planning things. I need a major nudge to do... Read more »
Why is it that people don’t hesitate to give out unsolicited parenting advice, no matter how much it offends the recipient?
Someone recently told me how people made her feel bad about using formula instead of nursing. I think that as parents, we know what's best for our own kids. Some women are unable to nurse... Read more »
It was meant to be an innocent question, but when my son E asked it to a friend of mine who is already sensitive about the topic, I could feel the blood drain out of my face. (I will not say what he said to protect this friend’s privacy, but it was not something he... Read more »
For every mom, a huge dilemma tends to be whether to work or stay at home. I’ve tried both options and realized that working was the way to go for me. This was after I found a meaningful job that also went along with being able to contribute to my family’s funds.
I started off as... Read more »
Recently, my parents sent my sons E and M a gift, and then cards came a few days later. When E saw the cards, he said “There’s no gift!” I explained to him that he got the gift a few days prior, and he dropped the subject. However, this is just one example of a... Read more »
When I was in high school, I was obsessed with “Ren and Stimpy.” My mom and I would watch the show together and then we’d imitate the characters. Later, I became obsessed with “Animaniacs” and my mom would record episodes for me when I was away at school, as well as buy shirts and other... Read more »
My sons have become fascinated with talking on the phone. E even wants a cell phone of his own. However, I fear the day that either of them will accidentally (or just for the fun of it) dial 911 and get in trouble for doing so. I decided to teach them about when they should... Read more »