"A worried mother does better research than the FBI." Well, what happens when this same worried mother applies to be a FBI special agent? Where have I been?As my readers may know, I took a seven month hiatus from writing, @stayinbedmomblog Instagramming, and everything short of parenting. And what did I do during this time?... Continue Reading →
Hi All, I'm taking a brief hiatus from my blog and Instagram account @stayinbedmomblog. Lately, I'm feeling stressed and stretched too thin, which means I need to "stay in bed" more. See you in soon!In the meantime, please leave your blog topic ideas in the comments. What would you like to see more of on... Continue Reading →
Today I'm celebrating... Red, White, and You! I hope you get a little freedom on the "4th of July" to pursue some non-parenting passions.
As I celebrate Independence Day (United States) in my country, I think about freedom from the perspective of a parent. Buddha uttered "anata", which means "no self". Similarly, Jesus said "Deny thyself" (Matthew 16: 24). Some of the most famous spiritual guides advocated for a denial of one's self. When you become a parent you... Continue Reading →
You may wonder why each Stay-in-Bed Mom Blog (SIBMB) post ends with a "A Final Thought - From the Pillow". I grew up watching The Jerry Springer Show with my gram during lazy summer afternoons and holiday breaks from school hahah. I'd sit in a child's pose at the end of Mygram's bed and wait for... Continue Reading →
Thank you for joining Stay-in-Bed Mom Blog (SIBMB) for an ongoing positive self-talk series. Self-love starts with positive self-talk. We'll continue to discuss cognitive distortions, or unhelpful thinking styles, through the lens of parenthood. A little cognitive distortion here, a little exaggeration there isn't going to affect your mental state in the short term. However,... Continue Reading →
Where's Mom? I want Mom. Go ask your mother. It's tough coming in second to mom. But as American Evangelist Billy Graham once said, "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." Let's sing, praise, and notice all of the dads,... Continue Reading →
In honor of Father’s Day, I’m reblogging this post on fantastic fathers in the Animal Kingdom. I’d love to hear how your own dad or your child(ren)’s dad is king!
Dads aren’t babysitters. Dads aren’t wageworkers. I’m guilty at times of treating my husband like an hourly babysitter. I (we) need to stop doing this. We’re not being fair to our husband/partner/child’s parent, etc.
Dads are coparents. Don’t infantilize them. Don’t insult them. Give dads a chance to raise your children. They may surprise you. (And the more time dads spend with your children, the more time you get to be a stay-in-bed mom!)
While I’m no zoologist (merely a zoo enthusiast), I’ve found exemplary examples of coparenting dads in the Animal Kingdom. I may not have biology or zoology credentials, only a zoo membership card, but as a mother of two young children, I’ve logged an impressive number of observation hours during my family’s “field visits” to our local zoo. Here are a few rockstar dads I discovered while visiting the zoo and browsing the Internet. For every “deadbeat”…
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"I'm a bad mom (dad). I can't do anything right. My kid(s) would be better off without me." What's wrong with me? Good moms (dads) don't think these terrible thoughts. Do you struggle with overcoming negative thoughts? Are you plagued by feelings of guilt, self-doubt, and/or self-loathing? Do you feel nervous and/or anxious sometimes or... Continue Reading →