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Category: Fun & Laughs (page 1 of 4)

Fun and Laughs is a rather obscure topic on Real Simple Mama, simply because it includes the light-hearted, sometimes random, and always joyous articles which don’t fit anywhere else.

My goal here is to keep the balance of RSM by adding articles which are whimsical and educational. As always, you can trust RSM to have hundreds of articles which relate to pregnancy and attachment parenting: prenatal care, natural birth, breastfeeding, postpartum healing, cosleeping, babywearing, baby led weaning, cloth diapering, and more. I aim to make pregnancy and parenting easy to bear with researched and experienced advice. Always simple, always honest!

Look to this Fun and Laughs category for parenting and motherhood articles which may hit a little too close to home, but are guaranteed to make you smile.

And I encourage you to see what RSM has to offer in the form of parenting eBooks! Check them out here.

Thanks for your support! Welcome to Real Simple Mama.

How to Protect My Child From the World: Part One in a Series of Letters Between Mom Friends

My dear readers, something has been hurting my heart for some time. Those of you who have children in school can probably relate to my situation to some extent. How do I protect my child from the world (and its assholes)?
I wrote a letter to my brilliant friend Marie, who’s also a mom to a boy and a girl, to tell her about what happened and to get her thoughts. This is the first letter in a series between mom friends.

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Happy New Year from Real Simple Mama

If you’re reading this, Happy New Year! Hell yeah 2018! (Mostly because it’s not 2017.)

And hey, bravo you for being able to read something at all on New Year’s Day! Either you’re a trooper with hangovers, or you’re lame like me and are in bed by 10pm on New Year’s Eve because, um, I’m a parent and my kids don’t give a damn what day or what year it is, they’ll be up by 7am. *cue kazoo sound*

Happy New Year from Real Simple Mama!

But seriously, Happy New Year to all of my readers old and new. I raise my cold cup of coffee to you and your family, and wish you the best year yet!

And if you are one of those New Year’s resolution writers like I am, check out my down-to-earth post for how parents can write – and stick to – some realistic goals for 2018.

I’ll see you around the interwebs, my friend. And feel free to contact me if you’re needing help with something, from teething to weaning to crazy kid-ness. I’ll tell you what I know, and I’ll get info from people who are smarter than I am!

Happy New Year, y’all!

Happy New Year from Real Simple Mama!

Merry Christmas from Real Simple Mama

Merry Christmas everyone! From me and mine here in South Texas, wherever you may be.

The shopping is done, the presents are opened, and the cooking is hopefully being done by someone else. I hope that you’re enjoying a beautiful day surrounded by the people you choose to love.

No funny stuff here, just well wishes to have a fantastic Christmas, full of love.

Merry Christmas from Real Simple Mama

The Best Christmas Music You Don’t Have

It’s the mooost wonderful time of the year! I absolutely adore the Christmas season. It’s like our world gets a bit more grace as it patiently waits for December 25. And of course, as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are done, I bust out my trusty Christmas playlist and start blasting all of my holiday favorites! Since it is Christmas after all, I thought to tell you about my favorite – and most unusual – musical selections. Read on for the best Christmas music you don’t have. Continue reading

How to Write a Letter to Santa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! My children and I are excited about cooler weather, comfy sweaters, cocoa and crackling fires and cookie decorating. This holiday season is made more special by the fact that it will be my son’s first year to really write to Santa. But, like lots of things on the road of parenting, this is a first for both my kid and I. So I’ve put together this post to help parents write a letter to Santa with their child! Enjoy the free PDF download and Merry Christmas! Continue reading

A Letter to My Daughter on Her Second Birthday

My daughter, my second and last precious child, is turning two this month. As is tradition, I write my children a letter on their birthday every year. It’s part of their journal which I’ve kept for them since before they were born. Thank you for reading this letter to my daughter on her second birthday. Continue reading

What It’s Like to Be Married to a Stay-At-Home Mom: The Working Dad’s Perspective

I haven’t always been a stay-at-home mom, or SAHM. When I was pregnant with my first child, all the way until he was two years old, I was a working mom. I did the whole pumping/daycare/packing food/cry at dropoff thing, and I hated it. So when we got pregnant with our second child, I knew I had to make a huge adjustment.

While my husband and I were always in agreement that I should stay at home with the babies, we didn’t really know anyone (except his mom, thirty years ago) who had done it. And it was certainly a transition for our house and our marriage.

That’s why I thought to sit my husband down (after asking nicely, of course) and pick his weary brain. Now he’s the sole breadwinner for our little home, and he’s married to a SAHM. So what’s it really like… from the dad’s perspective? Continue reading

Three Mantras for the Tired Parent

Part of being a parent is just admitting that you’re tired. Perpetually, everlastingly tired. You can be tired and completely content at the same time, of course, but oftentimes that’s not the case. We are mentally and physically exhausted. Add in a toddler meltdown or a diaper blowout, and suddenly you feel like you have been pushed over the edge.

It’s no secret that I’m a big supporter of attachment parenting, but that’s not really what this article is about. Rather than talking about what to say to your kid, or how to act, I’m asking you to look inward. Freeze for a split second and get a sense of perspective. And say a mantra to yourself.

Here are three mantras for tired parents: connect with them, memorize them, use them, and breathe. Continue reading

Great Music to Listen to With Your Kids… in Every Genre!

I love playing music for my kids! We almost always have some type of music playing in our home and in the car. As a music educator, it’s a passion of mine that my children hear great music from all genres on a regular basis. I truly feel that we are putting our kids at a disadvantage if we limit what they listen to: while kids’ music is just fine, it leaves out so much great repertoire!

So I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite artists by genre, so that you can look into them with your own family. You can tie in various genres to the recipes you’re cooking, books you’re reading, places you’re going… the possibilities are endless! Continue reading

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