The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Single Working Mom Day

imagesI am a bad Mom today. As hard as that is, it’s harder that I’m a bad Mom and I really can’t do too much about it right now.

This is a very busy week for me at work. My department is hosting a conference of high-level executives from all over the globe, and it’s my job to coordinate the whole thing, from setup to logistics planning to execution. It’s a lot of work, compounded greatly by the fact that they just restructured the department, and reduced the headcount in certain areas — one of them was mine, of course. There used to be two people doing this job and now there’s Just Me.

And Just Me woke up at 12:35 am this morning to the sound of a little boy projectile vomiting all over a bedroom.

I know a lot of you reading this are moms. Maybe you don’t work outside the home and a situation like this would mean you’re tired, you’re doing laundry, you’re cleaning up, you’re pushing the fluids on your kid, and your house smells kind of bad.

Some of you are working mothers like me and you’re scrambling to call work and let your boss know you’re staying home, or your husband is staying home today, or you’re calling your Mom or your sister or your in-laws and begging them to sit with your kid because you have this huge global conference that you have to be there for. When they arrive you sigh with relief, ask them to throw the load from the washer into the dryer, apologize for the way the house smells and off you go, calling to check in every so often.

And then there are those of us without a net. No ex-husband living nearby to fall back on, no in-laws or family within hundreds of miles, no way to call out of work without putting our job in serious jeopardy…in short, no options.

So today, I am a very bad Mom. My twelve year-old daughter is staying home from school to watch her little brother.

For those of you who don’t know my full back story, let me clarify:

My twelve year-old daughter is staying home, missing school, to watch her brother — a ten year-old child with autism — because he’s sick. She’ll be refilling his water cup with the special curly purple straw that he likes. She’ll be re-tucking the blanket around him as he lays on the couch. She’ll be checking him for fever (mercifully absent so far) throughout the day and calling me to report. She’ll be making him lunch, if he can eat it. She’ll be hoping that he doesn’t throw up again (crossing my fingers — so far, so good).

Me? I’ll be running around fetching power cords and emailing slide decks and calling reservation desks at restaurants and coordinating activities with a concierge and wishing to God I could win the lottery.

I try to remind myself that the kids were off recently for break, so my daughter isn’t missing any tests or anything on this first day back. I tell myself that he’s not feverish and he only threw up the one time, so maybe it was just something he ate and he’ll sit around watching TV all day. I know my daughter is secretly thrilled to get to do this and I know they’re twelve and ten, not five and three.

But I also know this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. My kid is sick. I should be there. My daughter should be in school, not home doing my job. Unfortunately, it’s not my only job, and the other job keeps a roof over our head and medical benefits that we need and pays the bills and gives us money to buy the food that we eat. I cannot risk that. Not this week. This is just one of those spectacularly bad coincidences that occasionally turn your life upside-down and you cope the best way you can.

My best today is lousy. I am lousy. I feel lousy about being lousy. I just have to hope we get through today and tomorrow, I can be a better Mom again.

Please let me be a better Mom again. I need to be.


Ellie DeLano is a parenting and relationship blogger, a full-time working autism Mom, freelance article writer and frequently exhausted person. You can read her Divorce Diaries blog on, and her parenting blog is She is currently finishing up her first Young Adult novel.

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0-6 Pack Abs Review ~ Does It Work?

Unknown-4This is our 0-6 Pack Abs Review

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I know I speak for all of us (well, most of us) when I say that I am tired of having a muffin top. I would love to go from 0 to 6 pack abs, but is it possible? According to 0-6 Pack Abs, it is within your reach. This program promises to slim your waistline and build 6 pack abs. 

0-6 Pack Abs Review – What Is It?

0-6 Pack Abs is a professionally guided workout program created by personal trainer Tyler Bramlett and Physical Therapist, Dr. James Vegher. This program is a combination of Dr. Vegher’s 20 years of professional physical therapy experience and Bramlett’s profession training experience all compiled into a series of instructional videos. Dr. Vegher was instrumental in leading Bramlett to a pile of NEW research being done in Europe that proves your core (i.e. all the muscles of your midsection) is at the foundation of every movement you make. 0-6 Pack Abs will enable you to shrink your waistline, fix back pain, relieve digestive issues, tone your core muscles, improve your posture, eliminate achy hips and shoulders and build 6-pack abs. This program is not only Doctor approved, It is Doctor created!

0-6 Pack Abs Review – What I Like

The feature that I liked most about 0-6 Pack Abs is that I can do it at home. In the comfort of my living room and can do it after my kids go to bed. Additionally, I loved the fact that the instructions were coming from someone that is an expert in the field. Bramlett’s instructions were simple and easy to understand and follow. Moreover, I liked that when you use 0-6 Pack Abs with other workouts you will easily and quickly accelerate the results you are seeing in your abs! You Just need to plug it into the end of any workout or even on off days and in just a few minutes your core will be burning and the results will start pouring in. It’s like an add-on-system of unique exercises that will shrink your waistline and build toned and 6 pack abs.

 0-6 Pack Abs Review – What I Didn’t Like

I did not like that the 0-6 Pack Abs System requires you to work out at least 3 days a week in order to get the results you are looking for. It is not ideal for a busy working mother. However, the Core Activation Sequences only take 10-15 minutes to complete and the “PHASE 2″ Micro Progression Workouts only take 2-8 minutes! This means that although you have to do some work, it doesn’t have to take up very much of your time. The reality is, if you don’t have 2 minutes to spend on training your abs, then 0-6 pack abs is NOT for you.

0-6 Pack Abs Review – Overall Thoughts

The 0-6 Pack Abs is designed especially for upper body results and is a great program for any Proud Working Mom who wants to see results. Having this program in your living room is like having Bramlett as your own personal trainer. If you are looking to banish the muffin top and replace it with muscle, then 0-6 Pack Abs is definitely for you!

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My Out Of Control Teen Review~ PWM Reviews


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It goes without saying, troubled teens often become out of control teens. If you have a difficult teen, you have lived through the temper tantrums, outbursts, and poor decision making. As a parent, it can be difficult to manage and frankly, quite scary. As a working parent, it can be even more difficult to find a solution that works with your already busy schedule.

My belief is that EVERY teen, no matter how troubled, can be turned into a better and even productive teen. For parents searching for answers and dealing with troubled teens, a great resource we have come across is a parenting eBook, My Out of Control Teen by Mark Hutten. In this eBook, Mr. Hutten discusses strategies around how to regain control for even the most strong-willed and difficult teenagers.

My Out Of Control Teen Review ~ What Is It?

The program is very different as it covers common struggles but uses very different techniques (that might surprise you-in a good way). Key topics worth mentioning in My Out Of Control Teen eBook include:

  • How to prevent disputes or arguments
  • How to prevent power struggles between parents and their teenagers
  • How to make a teenager do what a parent wants them to do without being challenged
  • How to be a firm but responsive parent
  • How to lessen conflicts between parents and teenagers

My Out of Control Teen is not just an eBook, but also an online parent support group. It includes  numerous tools that both give support and tell you how to deal with your troubled teenager. Specifically, with My Out of Control Teen, you get:

  • The Out-of-Control Teen eBook, (which is the text version of the parent program Mark Hutten has conducted at the Madison County Youth Center)
  • An audio version of the above parent-program
  • Free access to the OPS (Online Parent Support) website and the parent forum
  • Bi-weekly newsletters with additional resources
  • Full support by phone or email or via the OPS chat room

My Out of Control Teen Review – What I Like

The My Out of Control Teen program has a great deal to offer anyone struggling with their teen. The techniques and strategies offered are different than your standard self-help book and it is structured to help you succeed instead of making you feel overwhelmed or helpless.

The program also offers a number of videos which is wonderful if you are a visual learner. It covers additional/more complex topics such as ADHD, drugs, and alcohol addiction with teenagers. The video and audio portions also keep the program interesting as they provide several mediums to learn and apply the strategies presented.

I think the best feature is the parent forum. As a member, you can actually have direct access to the author, Mark Hutten who will field just about any question or concern. Through the My Out of Control Teen chat room you are given the encouragement you need as you realize you are not alone in this journey. This is priceless.

My Out of Control Teen Review- What I Didn’t Like

When reviewing a product,  I always look for the pieces they could have done better. The ebook, audio, and video portions combined really make this product a complete solution. The only way to make it better would be to sit in a room with Mark Hutten himself.

My Out of Control Teen Review – Overall Thoughts

I wish that the My Out of Control Teen program had been available to me (or my parents) during some of my struggles as a teenager. Let’s face it; everyone needs a little help now and then and this program offers not just tools but a forum for collaboration.

Additionally, the program comes with a 100% guarantee.  So if My Out of Control Teen doesn’t work for you then you get your money back, no questions asked.

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Trick-or-Treating with a Peanut Allergy IS Scary!


As the mother of a child with a peanut allergy, there is nothing scarier than trick-or-treating on Halloween night! My son is now seven and still severely allergic to peanuts. As he gets older, I tend to let my guard down a bit more. He is old enough to ask if something has nuts in it and as a certified sugar junkie, he knows which popular candies contain (or may contain) nuts. Still, the endless possibilities of what could go wrong dance in my head. He could open up a Snicker’s Bar on accident because it will be dark out, and eat that. He could somehow come in contact with a kid that has just eaten a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup and somehow put his hand in his mouth. He could sneak a piece of unknown candy into his mouth that has nuts. While going through his candy at the end of the night like a detective combing through a crime scene, what if I miss a piece that has nuts in it? This internal dialogue never stops for parents who have a child with a life threatening food allergy.

We were just at the allergists’ office confirming, for the fifth year in a row, that Max is still allergic to peanuts. (you think?!?)


While in the office, I grabbed a flyer that listed some basic Halloween safety tips. Whether you have a child with this allergy or you will be handing out copious amounts of candy to some monsters in your neighborhood, here are a few guidelines courtesy of Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers:

1. Have your trick-or-treater eat dinner before going out on Halloween night so that she is not tempted by hunger to eat a treat.

2. Make sure your child carries his/her medicines while trick-or-treating, in case of a reaction.

3. Accompany your child trick-or-treating, or, if he or she is old enough to go without an adult, have her go with friends who know about his or her food allergy.

4. If your child does collect candy on Halloween, have something ready to trade for the candy she can’t eat.

5. Consider passing out nonfood items such as Halloween stickers or small toys to trick-or-treaters to promote food allergy awareness.

Thanks for taking the time to read this very important information. I wish everyone a happy and SAFE Halloween!

Children’s Reading Program – What You Need To Know

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Children Learning Reading Review

Children Learning Reading Review

Children Learning Reading- Official Site

Like most parents, the development and education of your child is extremely important. If you are like me, you are always looking for programs and resources that will help you teach your children something new (without breaking the bank or you). The program, Children Learning Reading, can do just that: teach your child to read and accomplish this with minimal time and financial committment.

Children Learning Reading Review- What is It?

The Children Learning Reading program is a step-by-step program that teaches toddlers and small children to read- quickly. The program is targeted for children between the ages of 2 to 6, and they have to be able to speak. That is the only requirement. The program uses phonemic awareness – one of the most important aspects in learning to read. Children are able to decode printed text quickly and learn to read fluently.

The authors of the program, Jim and Elena, developed this program and put it into practice on their own child before she turned 3. I have to admit, I was quite surprised to see how capable their daughter was at reading at such a young age. Here is a video for you to see for yourself:

The Children Learning Reading program is taught in 28 lessons and two primary stages. Each stage has an instruction book, coupled with step by step modules. In stage 1, the foundation is covered, where all the basic skills of learning to read fluently are discussed. Very simple words and blending exercises are introduced very early on, and more complicated words, sentences, stories, and rhymes are slowly brought in with the lessons as your child progresses. By the time you complete stage one, your child will have already developed solid reading skills.

In stage 2, the lessons become a bit more advanced and the core skills are further developed. In this section, the primary focus is working on words, lesson stories, rhyming, and sentence structure.

Children Learning Reading Review- What I like

The Children Learning Reading program is certainly easy to follow and is structured in a way that engages very small children in a fun and light way. I also liked that the step-by-step lessons are quick, each lesson typically taking no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to complete. If you follow the program, your child will literally be able to sit down and read a book within 12 weeks! Amazing!

The Children Learning Reading program is also available in a variety of mediums (written, video, and audio), which I appreciate as a busy working mom. The audio version is my favorite as I was able to listen to the lessons while also accomplishing things around the house. Us working moms are always multitasking!

Children Learning Reading Review – What I Didn’t Like

The program, Children Learning Reading, had a lot of content which took time to both download and listen. I didn’t mind that because the program is valuable. I didn’t like the two pricing options (standard and premium), as the flash card printouts were only available in the premium package. I would’ve liked to see them available as part of either package.

Children Learning Reading Review- Overall Thoughts

Overall, I found the Children Learning Reading program to be of tremendous value. If you are looking for a system to teach your little one how to read through a steady and gradual process, this is a great program. If you are hesitating at all, please note there is a 60-day money back guarantee, which would give you a full two months to try out the strategies and see if it works for you and your family.

The Children Learning Reading program gets my recommendation!

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