Recap 3/24

Ready to tear your hair out? Read more to find ways to relieve your stress.

For many of you, it’s the week of spring break – and a rainy one at that. How you holding up? Take a break from entertaining stir crazy kids, and come on over to Here’s what’s going on in the forums this week:

Toddler Trouble
Ah, the terrible twos and threes. I bet we all have some stories to share from this delightful age! Read the tales of some toddlers, and then add a few doozies of your own!

Camp recommendations
One mom is looking ahead towards summertime for camps for her kids, but she’s hoping to find some specialty camps aimed towards her children’s interests. Some great suggestions have already been shared. Do you know of any as well?

Push-up bikinis for tweens
Abercrombie Kids created quite a stir when they began selling push-up bikinis for 11 and 12 year olds. But being that a push-up bikini might make the awkward body changes a tween is going through a little bit easier, perhaps it’s not such a bad thing. Could push-up bikinis be just one more sign of oversexualizing children? Or is it allowing tweens to feel more confident as they worry less about self consciousness over body image?

Clearing the clutter
First day of spring means SPRING CLEANING! For me, I’m mustering up the courage to get rid of a whole lot of clutter. But it isn’t easy. Baby clothes, electronics, cherished books I’ll likely never read again… Do you struggle with clutter? What are some of the items you should get rid of…but can’t?

New AAP guidelines
The AAP posted stricter guidelines for kids riding in the car. It’s strongly suggested that rear-facing carseats be used till at least age 2, that kids under 4’9” still remain in a booster seat, and that all kids remain in the backseat until age 13. Do you agree with these guidelines? Or do you feel that they’re a little too rigid?

8 ways to relieve stress
Whether you’re pregnant and trying to keep calm for your baby’s sake, or you’re a frazzled mom looking for a moment of peace, everyone needs to be able to relieve stress. I’ve shared 8 different ways to decompress, allowing you to come back to center and be the best mom you can be. If you have more stress relieving tips to share with burned out moms, be sure to leave them in the comments.

Have stories to share? Perhaps you have questions that need answers, or are seeking advice about parenting, life, marriage, and beyond? Or maybe you’re looking for moms with kids the same age as yours to form a new play group. The forums are a great way to connect with other moms, make new friends, and feel not so alone in this most important role of motherhood. Come on over to the forums and join in the conversation. Can’t wait to meet you!

Have a wonderful week!

Crissi Dillon

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