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Mommy Parties: Sorority Rush, Part 2?

September 20th, 2012, posted by Aimee

Kindergarten is the inspiration for thousands of mommy bloggers out there who are writing heartfelt posts about the tears shed on that first day and sentimental insights on the passage of time and how it all “goes by so fast.” But for me, the most noteworthy part of T-man’s transition into the “school years” over the past few weeks has actually been my adjustment to an entirely new social scene with a brand new set of conventions, mores and unspoken rules. Suddenly, we are completely immersed in a world of room mothers, classroom volunteers, PTA functions, after-school playdates and even “Mommy Night Out” functions that involve copious amounts of alcohol and a tiny bit of strained conversation. Friends of mine with older children have warned me for a while of the “drama” and stress that can sometimes ensue with this new “mommy” scene, and I still think – given my strong aversion to and propensity for avoiding girl-on-girl drama – I will be able to skip most of this crap. But I am finding it amusing – and sometimes somewhat more...

Help a Sister Out

September 4th, 2012, posted by Aimee

After watching Michelle Obama's speech tonight and feeling moved to tears by her words about helping each other out in hard times (sorry if my politics are showing through, but I definitely think she rocked it), it only seemed fitting to follow in that same spirit of "paying it forward" with this post. If you read this blog, you know I rarely ever post anything from a guest contributor, but in this case, the mission seemed noble and it seems like the right thing to do to help another "sister" out. I took the survey and am very interested to see what the research reveals. Plus, you might win an Amex gift card. See below: My name is Lauren Berger and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. I am inviting you to participate in my research study of working mothers’ experiences that has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at more...

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