The day I told my son about his learning disabilities

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations “MOOOOMMM!” He yelled. “STOP!” “I’m sorry! Sound it out. h-h-h–“ “MooOOOM!” His voice took on an even angrier edge, his eyes flashing irritation. “Benji, just read it. Sound it out. Start at the beginning.” “This! THIS!” “It’s not “this.” There’s no ‘th.’ Sound it out, … [Read more…]

I love my kids enough not to homeschool

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations I was homeschooled and I loved it. My mother was passionate about homeschooling and viewed it as her chosen vocation when my siblings and I were growing up. All my best friends were homeschooled by women who were as passionate and dedicated as my mother. … [Read more…]

I’m not “Cloth Diapering Mom” anymore

When my twins were babies, I used cloth diapers. Our decision to use cloth was based primarily on the fact that we were poor and diapers are expensive. For the first 6 months, I used the cheapest cloth diapering option out there: prefolds and covers. But I didn’t mind. In fact, I thought the cloth … [Read more…]

How I’m FINALLY learning to trust my gut

A mother’s intuition is born the day her first baby comes into her life, but the intuition is like the baby itself: new, fragile, and in need of nurturing. My intuition and I have had a tenuous relationship over 9 years I have been a mother. Sometimes we get along, working together in harmony, doing … [Read more…]

The day I taught my son the F-word

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations Teachable moments. You know the ones–they come up out of nowhere and scare the living daylights out of you. “Mommy, is there a bad F-word?” My heart stumbled. I cocked my head at my first grader. “What do you mean, honey?” “Some kids in my … [Read more…]

When you feel like you are just surviving Motherhood

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations “I feel like I’m just surviving. And I hate that. I want to feel like I’m thriving in motherhood, not living for nap time or just trying to make it through the day.” It was an all-too-familiar post in a moms Facebook group. In fact, … [Read more…]

You don’t have to enjoy every second to be a Good Mom

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations When my twins were babies, I was consistently bludgeoned with this advice by well-meaning people: “Enjoy every minute.” I hated this phrase…mostly because I was going through one of the most difficult experiences of my life. Just keeping up with the daily care of two … [Read more…]

I can’t build a foundation of Warm Fuzzies

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations Most days I am positive that my family is the definition of dysfunctional. Last night, my toddler fell off a bench onto the hard tile TWICE (hello, bloody lip!) on my watch. My 8 year old had a meltdown because I made him practice a … [Read more…]