Working moms: How the heck do you DO IT ALL?

This has been my first summer working a real, honest-to-goodness jobby-job since bringing home a baby in December 2003.  See photo above for a representation of how I've been handling it. Last summer I began freelancing for Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, and this January I accepted an editor position with this premier, entertaining and REAL parenting site. I get to work for a major media company and write for a website that meshes with my "skills" from home (while still maintaining my blog)...a Read more...

Busted at the Grocery Store – On DC Metro Moms

As some of you know, I'm a regular contributor to the DC Metro Moms Blog.  This group of area writing mamas provides daily fresh content on the joys, jokes and jeezlouise parts of parenting.Today I'm on there with an updated account of my one of my old school greatest hit posts over here on APISS about how my kids eat their way through the grocery store.  You'd think in these crazy modern times we'd have bigger to fish to fry, but funnily enough, I've received a fair amount of comments and Read more...

Nickelodeon Parents Connect & TwitterMoms Liked the APISS Momfinitions

A few weeks ago I posted some Momfinitions as part of the Nickelodeon Parents Connect & TwitterMoms contest to find funny phrases that reflect the reality of parenting. And holy cow, I was chosen as the winner of the funniest Momfinitions. I think it's all the hilarious comments and emails that I receive daily from you guys, my fellow parents that read APISS. You all have me in stitches every day, and your funny is rubbing off.Here were my Momfinitions - each entrant was asked to submit five:Dine-and-diss: Read more...

Momfinitions & Free Books for APISS Readers

Parents Connect is interested in your Momfinitions, the parenting phrases you have coined that reflect the real underbelly of raising small humans.Here are a few used around the APISS homestead:Dine-and-diss: 1)When a parent lovingly makes a meal for her child, only to have said child completely reject the meal; 2) Although you have taught your child mealtime manners, child still loudly says 'It's yucky!' when presented with food as a guest in another home or family function. I was so embarrassed, Read more...

Respect the Mama at Work

Today at the post office my children were acting up - messing with the automatic doors, fighting, climbing on things, running around. After a few mild-mannered efforts to get them to calm down were of no avail, I pulled Charlie and Eve into line with me and spoke to them sternly about how I expected them to behave.To this, a woman nearby told them, "Don't worry kids, you are acting good." And then she turned to me and said, "You know, they are really good kids, give them a break."Oh. no. she. didn't.So Read more...

FunFit Earth Day Open House This Wednesday, Mom’s Day Out EVERY Tuesday!

Notice who's NOT pictured in this photo? ME! My kids and I both love Mom's Morning Outat FunFit It's no secret that APISS looooooves FunFit in Rockville. Check out my earlier post on FunFit's Open Gyms and the super time my kids have in the indoor moonbounce, roller coaster and various playstations. But this rainy week of wondering how you're going to make it through you should love FunFit too - they're offering free drop-in classes this Wednesday and the opportunity to drop your child off Read more...

Cool Gift Sites & My Mercenary Little Heart

There'll be no locks or bolts between us, Mary Kate, except those in your own mercenary little heart. - John Wayne as Sean Thornton in "The Quiet Man" Although I am usually all about items of educational value and wholesome family entertainment on A Parent in Silver Spring, I have a confession:I like to shop. I am officially materialistic.However, as I discuss in this personal essay on DC Metro Moms, The Business Plan of Happiness, although my family and I are fortunate and blessed, there isn't Read more...

Take the words out of my mouth

This missive is cross-posted from DC Metro Moms Blog, where the topic of the day is mommy guilt. The mommy guilt that I possess stems from the everyday exasperation I feel as a stay-at-home mom to two very spirited, energetic and amazing children, my four- and two-year-old. Surprisingly, it's not the staying home and abandonment of my professional career that brings the guilt; this set up is working for my family, for my children and the longer I perform this housewife/mommy combo gig, the more Read more...

Parenting in Silver Spring

Parenting in Silver Spring means...being lulled to sleep by the sound of trucks on the Beltway and Georgia Avenue, and telling yourself they sound like waves crashing on the beach.you pay more for the babysitter than the tickets to see your favorite band's show in DC.making three separate grocery trips when hosting a dinner party in order to buy wine, liquor, and food.getting to use your native or school-learned Spanish on a daily basis.your hometown relatives should never be told what you paid Read more...