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At some point this week I realized that, while I was happy with the content that I was putting out, I didn’t quite feel connected with readers yet. I thought I’d start fostering a sense of connection by providing a bit of insight into who ThriveMomma is. Yes, there is the About section of the blog but, let’s face it, that’s the sort of Instagram filtered version; not the real version. While I love Insta as much as the next person and follow (and love) content creators that put forth this beautiful social media life, I think it is important that we remind ourselves that it’s just not real. I did NOT make my child’s birthday decorations from the Pinterest post I saw last month. My living room is NOT in the running to be featured on any home interior mags anytime soon (like in the next 20+ years). And no, I did NOT wake up looking like this.
So this was Thrive Momma’s Thursday morning:
- 4:30am: Wake up. Boot up the computer and get in an hour of work prior to ThriveBaby waking up. Super productive hour. Feeling great. I’m gong to crush today.
- 6am: Shower and get ThriveBaby from bed. At this point he’s been saying “mammma”, “daddddy” and “out” on repeat since I jumped in for my 5 minute shower. The morning continues to proceed like any other morning. We read a book. We change a very full diaper amidst intense protest from ThriveBaby. We drink some milk. ThriveMomma denies ThriveBaby cartoons approximately 47 times in an hour span.
- 7:30am: ThriveBaby topples off of a futon and hits his head on the metal corner of a footstool. There is blood and ThriveMomma proceeds to (very calmly and collectedly) dial ThriveDaddy three times in row while taking a cloth to ThriveBaby’s head to stop the bleeding, muttering explicates along the way and getting a look what we’re working within here.
- 7:34am: ThriveDaddy has not answered so ThriveMomma calls the local coffee shop that he works at a lot and that we frequent very regularly. See, very calm and collected still. (The coffee shop did not answer; in hindsight, this was a blessing because I would have been mortified to go in ever again and I really like it there).
To make a long story short, ThriveBaby is fine. I found ThriveDaddy after approx. 8 minutes. If not clear, I was neither calm nor collected. We spent the morning in urgent care and managed to avoid stitches (nothing a little steri-strip and glue won’t fix!). This, my friends, is real life.
The American of Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time until after 18 months and then limited screen time until after 2. Yes, I know, this is not new information to any parent who has not been living under a rock. What isn’t necessarily as clear is what comes after 2. How much screen time is too much? Perhaps just as importantly, how much screen time is too little? If we restrict our children completely do we risk them being behind the curve later in life? After all, technology is behind EVERYTHING we do and there are no signs of a slow down.
Who better to look to for advice than Silicon Valley parents? After all, not only are they parents, they also live and breathe technology in their 9-5. Enter this article from Business Insider:
I recommend this read to parents and non-parents for some pretty valuable insight into the parenting habits of Silicon Valley execs as it relates to technology usage. While you’re add it, take a read of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us. iGen takes a deep dive into the lives of kiddos born in the mid-1990s to early the mid-2000s and later — i.e. the first generation to spend their entire adolescence with a smart phone. It’s a fascinating look into the vast differences between iGen and preceding generations from more than a technological standpoint.
I was first directed to this article by Moms on Maternity founder and all around bad-A woman, Aimee Cruz. The Moms on Maternity group is one of my favorite favorite organizations and its grown to be so much more than a group for women who are on maternity leave. The community Aimee has built is one of my most trusted resources for information on everything: mom related, career related, you name it.
Follow Moms on Maternity here:
#CookingInstructionsForMen – Can’t even remember how I discovered this hashtag over the week but i’m so happy I did. Rounded up a few tips that made me laugh:
- Jalbeardzi, The Typo Pirate: Whatever it is you failed at just add some tomatoes, let it simmer and call it gumbo
- xOxStacyxOx: One cup is a measurement, not any cup from cupboard…
- Stefan Certic: Salt and sugar are the same colour. Try it, before use.
- Regular Guy630: Don’t leave things in the oven if it’s a close game
- Jimstagram: Don’t butter all sides of the bread. Make sure the dry sides are facing out. This will allow you to hold the sandwich.
In an effort to be completely fair, ThriveDaddy is actually quite proficient in the kitchen. Post the five-stitches-to-the-finger-because-avocado incident of 2015 ThriveMomma isn’t even aloud to play with sharp knives.
In case you missed it, earlier this week I summarized five ways to get smart in 5 minutes! Check it out here.
‘The New Avocado Toast’ — Let’s talk about CBD oil. ThriveGrandma swore by CBD oil when she was battling cancer. Montel Williams has used CBD oil to help as he fights MS for years. Jennifer Aniston swears by CBD oil for pain, stress and anxiety (luckily as working women we live stress and anxiety free lives…). Everyone is talking about it and some big (legitimate) outlets put out informative articles on it this week:
- Why is CBD Everywhere? By Alex Williams, nytimes.com
- “It’s hard to measure the speed at which CBD has moved from the Burning Man margins to the cultural center.”
- CBD is Everywhere. But is it a scam? By Dan Nosowiitz, Vox.com
- “Anyone who tells you anything definitive about what CBD – or THC, for that matter – does to your body is lying.”
Want to try CBD oil on for size? Check this article out before buying: Before You Buy CBD Oil Online, Ask These Questions
Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:
Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest of Handling of Sexual Harrassment: O.K. Google, really
I Lived Like My Younger Self Would Have Dreamed for a Month: “If there is one thing this near-month of acting like “childhood me would have dreamed” taught me, or reminded me, it’s that things don’t actually fall apart when you let yourself live a little.”