Author: The Mama On The Rocks

More Than A Milk Machine: The Raw Truth About Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding is so much more than  a way to please your crunchy granola BFF, “good for baby and mommy”, or the money saving savior you will need to afford to get them to elementary school. While nursing your babes can be a completely beautiful bond, it can also drive mamas to the brink of insanity. It is painful and emotional, messy and difficult, exhausting and frustrating, terrifying and rewarding. It is all of those descriptions and much more. No experience is the same. This is a dive into the depths of one small part of motherhood that no one...

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A Gift Guide for Real Moms: What To Buy The Mom In Your Life (32 Gifts She’ll Actually Like)

Historically, moms are the easiest people to shop for during any time of the year. I once bought my mom a “jewelry tray” (read: tiny metal pan) with a unicorn painted on it at the Secret Santa shop in my elementary school for $0.50. Now, thanks to Pinterest and loads of DIY YouTube videos, kids and husbands alike can fashion moms something way nicer than your late 80’s macaroni necklaces or popsicle stick reindeer ornaments. Honey, put down the glue stick and take a step backwards. I am about to let you in on a little-known secret. While I...

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Holiday Survival Mode: How To Parent Your Extreme Child Through Winter Break

Long breaks from school can be hard on parents. As both a public school teacher, and a mother of two (one of whom has five behavioral/anxiety diagnosis), I feel like a self-proclaimed expert on the topic of how breaks from school can disrupt an already tumultuous sea of parenting navigation. While teachers and students alike race to squeeze out of the hallways at the last bell for their long-awaited break from the daily grind of standardized test prep and sitting in rows of desks, these long leaves of absence can leave some parents paralyzed with the overwhelm of what...

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The Minimalist Gift Guide: 21 Must-Haves for Tiny Living

Everyone has that friend or relative whose name you pray you won’t draw for the family gift exchange each year. Some people are nearly impossible to shop for! After going tiny this year, we are finding that our family and friends need a little extra guidance when making their shopping lists. So, here is a full-proof guide to minimalist shopping. These 21 must-have items will win applause from anyone living tiny or minimizing. Each item has been bought, field-tested, and LOVED by our family of four and we live in just over 200 square feet. If you live simply,...

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The Ugly Truth About ADHD and Lying: Why Some Kids Choose To Lie Even When The Truth Is Easier

I have never met a grown adult who hasn’t told a lie; usually within that same hour. It happens. We might fib because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or called in sick when we just wanted to sleep in, but could it be possible that children with ADHD are habitual liars? I know this feels true in my own home. Our son is six and he has been diagnosed as severe ADHD-combined, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Twice Exceptional, and Sensory Processing Disorder. So, while we know him to be a loving, thoughtful, rambunctious little guy,...

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