At times, life for a family in Manhattan feels like it moves at a faster pace than the rest of the universe. We enroll our kids in music classes at four months, movement and art classes at six months and vie to get accepted into play groups and toddler classes that are deemed to be “feeders” to the best nursery schools in the neighborhood — the so-called “Baby Ivies”.
In Manhattan, preschool madness begins at 7am on the Tuesday after Labor Day every year. Anxious parents flood the phone lines of these bastions of the ABC’s and some schools run out of applications by lunchtime.
To get admitted to a nursery program, you need to apply the September before you’d like to attend, and the admissions process takes nearly a full calendar year. So, if it’s a 2’s program you want, you need to start the application process right after your baby blows out that first birthday candle! (more…)
This is the story of a girl who adopted the world……
Okay, well maybe not the whole world. One baby adopted locally, and just recently traveling all the way to Uganda to adopt another, is pretty close. This picture says it all. The joy is tangible and brings tears to my eyes.
Deb and I went to high school together. I have had the privilege to partake in the adoption process, albeit vicariously, through Deb’s personal blog. It’s been an amazing journey for her and her family. And, in honor of National Adoption Month, I wanted to bear witness to this extraordinary love story. While the main focus of this Adoption Awareness Campaign is to encourage adoptions of kids in foster care, I think it should be a time to reflect on all types of adoption.
I’m sure you’re asking yourself why I would be interested in adoption given the quiver full of kids I already have. The answer is simple ~ I was adopted. As an adult adoptee, I am interested in the process. I am interested in the outcome. I am interested in the mindset of someone who searches out a child to make them their own. I am interested because my story is not like Deb’s story of love and adoration. (more…)
The weeks just keep getting better, here, on World Moms Blog! On Monday join us in Ohio, USA, where Amy Hillis commemorates November as National Adoption Awareness Month in her article, “Adoption~Journey Past Life.” Amy talks about her close friend who recently adopted a child from Uganda, Africa and also reflects on her own experiences as being adopted herself — two amazing points of view! Amy also asks our readers, “Should I search for my birth mother?” Log on at the blog on Monday, and let us know what you think she should do!
Tuesday, we fly east to New York City, where Allison Charleston gives us a window into the rigorous preschool acceptance procedures to the city’s exclusive preschools in her article, “NYC Preschool Madness”. Come live the city life vicariously through our WMB writer, Allison!
Wednesday, we fly west back to San Francisco, California, USA where, A. Roselyn talks about breastfeeding duration in her piece, “Weaning Baby in San Francisco.” She takes us through her inner-most thoughts and feelings behind her weaning plan for her littlest one!
Then, board a transatlantic flight with us back to Oslo, Norway to check in with WMB writer, Asta Burrows. Asta discovers her feelings on gender roles in her piece, “So What if Your Son Likes Dolls?”
This week’s Friday question is posed by Eva Fannon in Washington, USA. Eva asks, “What is the most requested children’s book in your house right now?” We can’t wait to share all of our WMB writers’ answers with you!
Our “Saturday Special Edition” on special needs has concluded, and we will resume our normal Saturday layover schedule. In the meantime, did you catch parts I, II and III of Maggie Ellison’s “Too Loud” series?
On Sunday, we will post our travel itinerary for the following week.
There are many interesting topics coming up this week from our talented writers, and we are lucky to have them. They’re all doing the same job of motherhood from their little corner of the world, but having so many different experiences. Log onto World Moms Blog to be sure not to miss a thing! And, thank you for reading our blog!
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This post is part III of III posts. The former posts are “Too Loud: Part I” and “Too Loud: Part II” by Maggie Ellison…
Now that we had a diagnosis, I felt that I had some back-up to explain to people that my son was not just misbehaving. I also had more tools to help him, and I had the reasoning to explain why these things helped him. I still dealt with looks and comments from other people who didn’t understand or know us, but clearly could not take their eyes off us when my son was having a sensory meltdown.
Some of the hardest moments have been when I was asked what his capacity was, or when he covers his ears because of the loud noise and people look at him like he’s walking around with antennae on his head. I do my best not to let them get to me, but it stings. (more…)
Pumpkin, sugar, peanut, dumplin’ – I’ve even heard parents refer to their babies as “woobie.” Many parents have special nicknames they assign their children. My oldest daughter has grown out of her baby nickname, which was “Siddy.” Her real name is Sydney. We have a nickname for my youngest daughter, but it isn’t as cutesy as the names I’ve listed above. It’s “Destructor”. Yup, and believe you me she lives up to the name!
My sweet little Destructor is two-years-old. I never liked the label “terrible twos.” I know it is a hard age (believe me, I do), but I don’t like to think that any age or stage, for that matter, is terrible. Other synonyms for the word terrible are: frightful, appalling, dire, horrifying, horrendous and horrid. I mean c’mon! A little strong don’t ya think? (more…)