I don't have the most fantastic relationship with my older sister. Now that I'm having children of my own, I need to address the personal issues I have with sibling dynamics and start to make decisions as to how I would deal with such situations as a parent.
This is Offbeat Families's archive of Questions: Family Life posts.
I'm completely deaf in my right ear, and I'm a parent to a toddler and a preschooler. I need to be able to read lips to most effectively hear people when they speak, and preschoolers are notoriously unintelligible in the best of circumstances. I try to teach my kids to look at my face when they speak so I can hear them, but it doesn't often work.
My husband and I are parents to a wonderful baby girl, and we absolutely love parenthood. We're thinking about having a second child, but we're interested in going a different route. My husband is on board with trying to have a biological child or adopting, so right now I'm just hoping to get a little insight into the lives of families who have done something similar.
We have a wonderful one-year-old daughter who we love hanging out with, but we find ourselves feeling stuck at home. Neither my partner or I feel that satisfied, renewed or entertained by our weekends as we tiptoe around nap times, clean up after our toddler or each other, and come to terms with the fact that spending a lot of time sewing, home brewing, driving, or vegging out on Dr. Who marathons is very difficult (and not so desirable) with an active toddler. How do you accommodate pre-kid hobbies into post-kid reality?
There are two words that you'll probably hear a lot this time of year (especially this week, if you live in the United States): grateful and thankful. The internet is filled with all kinds of artwork and preachy articles extolling you to make sure you're doing your best to exhibit each both of these qualities — but depending on what is or isn't going on in your life, they're not always easy words to live by.
I grew up in a single parent household and I didn't grow up with a picture of the "right" way to disagree around the kids. My husband and I are under a lot of stress, with little-to-no time alone together to have fun, much less hash out issues.
Both my husband and I come from ethnically and religiously mixed homes. My husband is the child of an Israeli Jewish dad and Syrian Muslim mom. I am the daughter of a German Quaker and an Irish Druidic Pagan. We don't want our child to grow up confused about his/her own background or feel obligated to explore all paths if there's one they prefer.
My daughter is six-months-old, and I recently found out I am about 10 weeks pregnant. Most days it feels like I am just keeping up with my little girl, and she is barely crawling. She is going to be toddling around when I have a newborn — I am looking at the future wondering how and the heck I can cope with two little ones.