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This week I read a hilarious post on a very original blog called “Liquorstore Bear”… I’m not sure if I should tell you this but the name is about a bear with a drinking problem. But it’s so funny and actually pretty normal too, so do have a look at: www.liquorstorebear.com

The post is about parents who disappear down a rabbit’s hole, which is a very good metaphor to describe my own social life since I became a mom… Here’s how it goes:

You don’t call your friends anymore and they don’t call you either because they either have their own offspring to drive them nuts OR they don’t have kids and are too busy going shopping, brunching, partying and sleeping until noon on Sundays, which is FOR US parents the ideal time to go out of the house and try to mingle with others. 

You don’t call anybody because you are too tired and you absolutely don’t feel like having small talk. If you do, you start to stray and to mentally write your next post for your blog.

You don’t go out at night because even if you have a babysitter, you’re just not in the mood for socializing anymore… you know you must get up early the next day and your mind is filled with so much stuff that you wouldn’t be able to concentrate and carry out decent conversation anyway…

You feel outdated and have no idea about all the new bars, drinks and cool phrases hip people are saying.

And the worst: deep down you don’t even want to go because (here comes the awful truth) you fear not having enough conversation which is NOT about kids… ouch, I said it and it hearts my own ears! 😉

One of my regular reads is the newsletter from Baby Center, which is can read in many different languages according to your preference or to the country where you live. I prefer www.babycenter.com because it’s in English and therefore it’s more fun to read.

The topics go from development and behaviour, health, nutrition, milestones and lots and lots of articles on how to deal with your kids at all different ages from baby to big kid. If you register you can enter your kids’ birthday to receive the newsletter per email.

As I said, I read this newsletter on a regular basis and sometimes also their blog. However, the last one I got for my preschooler included a “Parent Tip” that kind of made me a little suspicious… here it is:
When my daughter’s refusing a nap but I know she really needs one, I stand there, tell her to close her eyes, and wait. After about five minutes of me making sure she stays in her bed and has her eyes closed, she’s usually sound asleep.”

Hum. Why doesn’t that work out with my son?? I wish it was that easy…! We are also having our “nap refusal phase” and it has its advantages but also disadvantages. First of all, he really needs it. Period. But on the other hand, he has troubles falling asleep in the evening. So I don’t know.

Anyway, hope you like the Baby Center page!



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