Every year as summer approaches I see reports of children dying by being left in hot cars, and the first comment on every news article is about how a “good” parent would NEVER have let that happen. We want to assume these are bad parents because it is too painful and uncomfortable to accept that […]
Author Archive | Kristen Gardiner
I love the Fourth of July. And I LOVE watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. We have a great view just sitting in our front yard, and my three boys absolutely love seeing all the colors and sparks. It’s magical and beautiful. I find myself filled with joy and pride for our country. But […]
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Lately I’ve seen a lot of hating on the “Boy Mom” hashtag. Moms looking for solidarity by using #boymom or #boymomproblems seem to be met with criticism of stereotyping, accusations of excluding girls, and moms who have girls (or moms of both girls and boys). I am sick of this. I’ll be the first to […]
Did you know that although many state laws don’t mandate booster usage beyond age 8, that most children still need them? A (not so) Fun Fact: Children ages 5 and older have higher fatality rates in car crashes than children ages 4 and under. Much of this is because of improper booster usage and taking […]
I felt a pang of sadness as we pulled up to the airport drop-off area. I had just spent three days with some of the most amazing women I know. It didn’t feel like enough time. But the reality was I had to go home. I missed my children and my husband. Conflicting emotions filled […]
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Dinner time…oh, dinner time. I cringe at the mere thought of you. I dread the horror that awaits me, and the fact that I’m powerless to stop it. Every day dinner is on my mind. How can we get through this as painless as possible while still eating somewhat nutritious food? I’m going on seven […]
“Your baby isn’t gaining weight like he should be,” the pediatrician explained. My baby was three months old and something wasn’t right. It was right there on his growth chart, with the line going down instead of up. Tears welled up as the pediatrician explained that the cause was likely the content of my breast […]
Let’s face it, women are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way in our culture. We are bombarded with images, articles, and endless products telling us all the ways we need to fix ourselves, beginning at a young age. I did not realize how much I had been affected by these messages […]
Who doesn’t love a good girls’ trip? We are lucky enough to have a new and very popular attraction that is not too far from OKC in the form of The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (“The Merc”). The Merc is a lovely little spot in Pawhuska, Oklahoma that features a restaurant full of the Food Network star’s […]
I have some extremely fond memories from vacations that my family went on while I was growing up. I remember swimming, playing, sunshine, laughter, pranks between siblings, and pure joy. Vacation as a parent, however, is quite a different story. I’ve got half a dozen years of traveling with small children under my belt now, and […]