When you're running what Circle of Moms member Slyvia H. calls "a 24-hour breastaurant," the humorous side of breastfeeding is sure to eventually rear its head. From accidental flashes to inadvertent sprays, our members have shared their funniest (and most embarrassing) breastfeeding stories. Read on; they're bound to make you laugh — or weep!
Looking for pretty girl names? We asked moms on our Facebook page to share the prettiest girls' names they've ever heard, and their ideas absolutely poured in. Here we've rounded up some favorites, from pretty middle names for girls to names that start or end with particular letters. Read through for a ton of baby-naming inspiration.
Pretty Girl Names Inspired by Nature
Encompassing from everything from flowers and herbs to gemstones and seasons, the natural world is a huge source of inspiration for pretty girl names. Beautiful plant-inspired names include Violet, Lily, Willow, Jasmine, Flora, Olivia, Ivy, Holly, Hyacinth, Daisy, Saffron, and Rosemary. Stones and gems have also lent their names to monikers including Amber, Ruby, Pearl, Ivory, and Jade. Other pretty nature-based girls names to consider are Brooke, Rayne, Aurora, Dawn, Savannah, and Luna or seasonal names like Summer, Autumn, Winter, January, April, Mae, and June.
Pretty Middle Names For Girls
Have your daughter's first name picked out but can't decide on a middle name? Rose, Grace, and Marie are all popular pretty middles names. If those don't strike a chord, other middle names moms recommend include Paige, Elizabeth, Emma, Lynn, and Rae.
Pretty Girl Names Starting With "A"
Sometimes parents are drawn to a specific letter. If you're hunting for the perfect "A" name for your daughter, here are some pretty picks other moms love: Arianna, Abigail, Angelina, Amelia, Avery, Ava, Aubrey, Aria, Ashlynn, and Athena.
Does your husband routinely berate you or hold economic power over you? Just because he's not physically hitting you doesn't mean that something isn't wrong. Women who come to Circle of Moms looking to understand whether they are in an emotionally abusive relationship often get this kind of questioning and coaching from other moms. A typical story, this one shared by a Circle of Moms member named Hope, goes like this:
"Sometimes he's just so mean. He's never hit me or anything like that but he's very controlling. I'm not allowed to have a job or go to school. He checks my phone every day. He tells me what I can and can't wear and how to do my hair and makeup. Is it abusive?"
Hope's answer: a resounding yes, offered up confidently by Circle of Moms members who have successfully extricated themselves from abusive relationships. Here, culled from their frank conversations about the nature of abusive relationships, are six signs that you are in one.
When a child is being verbally disrespectful, or as we called it in our home, "emotionally biting" someone, a parent's defensive wall goes up and she screams right back! Circle of Moms member Jodie M. wonders how "to manage her own anger when dealing with oppositional kids." Most parents who are having loud, ugly words screamed at them would react. The question is, "is there another option?" Yes, there is.
First, let me say that I firmly believe that parents should not be disrespected, or have to endure any kind of emotional rudeness, but it does happen. Once it happens a parent feels like there's only one thing to do to stop it: punish! I want to offer another way, one that not only stops the rude and disrespectful behavior in its tracks, but also teaches.
"Caroline," a mom from St. Petersburg, FL, wasn't keen on her 11-year-old getting on Facebook, so she was furious when she discovered her daughter corresponding with a 23-year-old man through the social network. She wrote back to the older "friend" as though she were her daughter, and when his requests became explicit, she used her wits — and a Target mailer — to put him behind bars.
Watch the USA Today video below to find out how her one-woman sting operation got this predator off the streets.
Looking for affordable ways to decorate a child's bedroom? Our Top 25 Home and Design Mom Bloggers have shared great tips for decorating on a budget. Click through to get inspired!
"I just yelled at my daughter . . . I yelled at her the way I never should yell at anyone, and she is shocked that I yelled at her that way . . . I feel terrible." — Katherine H.
"I'm furious, I explode, I lash out, I'm not in control of myself and I don't think." — Renee C.
"I really don't want to take out my depression and my anger on my little kids, but I always do." — Maria
Motherhood, as the moms above reveal, is not always a picnic. Every parent has moments she regrets later, moments where rage overcomes logic. As a Circle of Moms member named Maria offers, "Parenting is hard! There's so much to do and think about that we put ourselves last on the list of a million things to attend to. There is only so much neglect that we can put ourselves through before we snap."
If you let your own needs go unmet over time, an outburst at the people you're with most, including your children, is inevitable. But most of us know instinctively that it's important not to vent our frustrations on a child and that it will just make everyone feel worse.
So how do you avoid these moments? How do you know when you really need professional help to do so? Keep reading for moms' tips on gaining control over anger.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." When I was little that rhyme was the big, bad, powerful statement we used to ward off the vicious attacks of other kids.
That rhyme gave us power but didn't protect us from the sting of the words. It didn't stop the ugly words from sinking in and taking root. It didn't stop those words from becoming the way we saw ourselves or from imagining it was the way others saw us, too.
What got me thinking about this was a parent-child interaction I witnessed this week in the grocery store, and this Circle of Moms conversation about basic needs for healthy relationships, in which a member named Nancy R. shared the thought that "The emotional hurt may be hidden from others, but it plays on your mind, heart, and soul."
If you remember the sting of mean words spoken to you as a child, why would you ever label your kids in ways that could be hurtful to them? I'm not talking about labels like "autistic" or "sensory seeking"; I'm talking about calling your child "sloppy," "liar," "stupid," "awful," etc.
Do parents who do this believe that labeling their child will change something about them or help correct a behavior? Can that ever work?
Tween and teen slumber parties are a hot topic in Circle of Moms communities. Here, moms share three reasons for keeping the tween and teen set at home at night.