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Momania Flashback: Could you have sex for 30 consecutive days?

This is the last in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. The 30-Day Sex Challenge brought everyone out! I never know what to expect on the blog. There were some ladies who were game and other who were exhausted already. I love it when the men chime in too, and they did on this topic of course!

By Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

A church in Florida wanted to help married couples deal with the major problems in their lives: money and sex.

The church set up a financial series to help address the fiduciary issues.

And, for their sexual problems, the church challenged the married couples to have sex at least once a day for 30 continuous days. The challenge began in mid-February.

The pastor of the Relevant Church in Tampa, Fla., says that God wants married couples to have sex. His church believes that by increasing intimacy the couples will increase communication. The theory is if the …

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Momania Flashback: How ‘helicopter parents’ may thwart the launch into independence

This is the seventh in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. I believe this Jan. 13, 2008 column was our first reference on the blog to “helicopter parents” and it certainly wasn’t our last. We debate often the pros of and cons of helicopter-style parenting versus free-range parenting. I am finally admitting to being a helicopter parent, and I am working on it.

By THERESA WALSH GIARRUSSO

Am I helping or am I hovering?

I have been asking myself this a lot lately as my 6-year-old daughter becomes more independent. When should I step in and offer assistance and when should I back off and let her handle things on her own?

A few years back, “hovering” became a bad thing for a parent to do. It was what overinvolved “helicopter parents” did. Originally, the term applied to late-generation baby boomers who were micromanaging their college students’ lives — calling professors to discuss …

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Momania Flashback: Sadness overwhelms as life’s next stage arrives

This is the sixth in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. We often talk on the blog about passages and new stages in life for us and our kids. Giving up my maternity clothes and weaning my last baby were very difficult for me. My childbearing years were over and many moms related to those feelings.

By THERESA WALSH GIARRUSSO

I never gave away any of my maternity clothes in between my pregnancies. I always knew I wasn’t done yet. They sat in plastic containers in the attic waiting for the next addition to our family.

But now with our last baby born and a move to another house upon us, I have no excuse not to part with these oversized garments — except that I haven’t quite been ready to give them up.

Parting with maternity clothes is acknowledging that your childbearing time is done. It’s the passing of an era: No more excitement of taking a pregnancy test hoping to see two …

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Momania Flashback: Crisis brings out the best in our moms

This is the fifth in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. As a community we are at our best when one of our own is in trouble. The sniping stops, the criticisms cease and good advice is dispensed by almost all. Here are several samples where moms were in crisis and our community offered good advice. You can click on each headline to see the original discussion.

What to do when a child can’t stop stealing?

Ladies, one of our own needs our help! I received a note from a regular MOMania contributor who has a big problem with her child. Her child is an older elementary student.

Here is what she wrote: “What do you do when your perfect angel gets caught taking (i.e. stealing) other people’s things at school? This child is not deprived, is an A – B student and genuinely liked by most people. The child has a kind heart, and believes in God. However, whether it is a gem clip or toy this …

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Momania Flashback: When the wife is ready to give birth, don’t stop for a shower

This is the fourth in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. This is one of my absolute favorite columns. It was written by my husband after I gave birth to our third child. I think it is just hysterical and truly represents what happened that night. I was ready to kill him as would any woman in transition with an 7-pound baby forcing it’s way out of your vagina and he stops to shower, shave and put on cologne! This column originally ran on March 11, four days after our third child’s birth.

Do I not look like I was ready to explode with child? This is hours before I went into labor.

Do I not look like I was ready to explode with child? This is hours before I went into labor.

By MICHAEL GIARRUSSO

Editor note: Theresa Walsh Giarrusso gave birth to Lilina Catherine (7 pounds, 8.8 ounces; 20.5 inches long) on March 7 at 1:21 a.m. For the next few weeks, her husband, Michael, will be writing the Sunday column. Her friend Keith Still, mother of three, is handling the MOMania …

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Momania Flashback: How do you handle ethical dilemmas in front of kids?

This is the third in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. This June 3, 2007 column represented a lot of what we discuss on the blog – ethical dilemmas while rearing our kids. How do you handle things in front of your kids? There may be an easy way but is that the way you want to teach your kids?

Pop quiz, hotshot. You’ve just left Target with your purchases. You’ve locked your three kids in their car seats when you notice two boxes of breast pads that were overlooked by you and the cashier. They were not paid for. Your 6-year-old daughter also notices. What do you do? What do you do?

Do you unhook all three kids and slog back into the store to pay for the items? Do you leave the items in the shopping cart in the parking lot? Do you take the items home and return them on another shopping trip? Do you just take them home without paying?

Parents are faced with ethical dilemmas like …

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Momania Flashback: Saturdays in Athens not too kid friendly

This is the second in a series of stories to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs.

I wasn’t trying to attack the Bulldog nation with this Oct. 30, 2005 column complaining about my husband’s football addiction, but boy did the Bulldog Nation come after me!  Here’s a sample from one guy’s sports blog: “I hope this woman has received death threats.” I am wondering if I’m off the hook yet. At the request of our blogging community, I am also posting on the next blog down, my husband’s column from four years later explaining why he doesn’t like to take me to the games. I don’t agree with his full analysis but at least it gives you his perspective on the issue!

One of the few times we actually got to go to the game. We were well behaved -- although I may have complained some about the heat and sunburn.

One of the few times we actually got to go to the game. We were well behaved — although I may have complained some about the heat and sunburn.

The kids with UGA in 2004 at the journalism school celebration. I think we may have actually gone to the game that year.

The kids with Uga in 2004 at the journalism school celebration. I'm not sure if we went to game or just the …

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Momania Flashback: Why I don’t bring my wife to UGA football

We dressed the baby so cute for Homecoming but Michael sent us packing. I had to push the baby and walk two kids back up Baxter Hill. No game for us that day.

We dressed the baby so cute for Homecoming but Michael sent us packing. I had to push the baby and walk two kids back up Baxter Hill. No game for us that day.

The kids were miffed that we were sent back to the minivan and didn't actually go to the homecoming game just the journalism school celebration.

The kids were miffed that we were sent back to the minivan and didn't actually go to the homecoming game just the journalism school celebration.

When we're not welcome at the UGA games with my husband we head to the Tech games with my parents. Much more easy going there!

When we're not welcome at the UGA games with my husband we head to the Tech games with my parents. Much more easy going there! My son refused to pose that year with "the Bee" because Michael had brainwashed him to hate cute Buzz!

Four years later, my husband got his chance to respond to why he doesn’t want to take me to the Georgia games. Here’s his side on the issue. This is a link to the original discussion. To read my side click on this link.

By Michael A. Giarrusso

Ever since our first child was born, my wife has had a hate-hate relationship with college football, a game that she once loved. She’s written about it here many times, but to summarize:

We used to go to games …

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Momania Flashback: Sharing, fighting, caring and learning!

Congratulations! We have been together for five years!

In the course of more than 1,300 blogs we have discussed the mundane – do we like the white-shirt family beach photos? —  to the serious – should a mother kick out her teenager when she’s had enough? We have fought, disagreed, judged, but also often supported and cared for each other. We have shared intimate details about our lives, our families and children, and hopefully some people have learned from the stories. I know I have.

When I proposed this blog and column five years ago, I thought I would simply be writing funny stories about my family and gabbing with other mothers online. But the blog has become a much bigger part of my life, one that I use as a touchstone. Am I making the right decisions? Am I doing the right thing for my kids? Am I the crazy one? (Often the answer is yes!) I appreciate everyone’s input and think about the community’s advice as I go about my daily life. I can’t imagine what my life would be …

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Momania Flashback: My 36Cs are now 34Es

This is the first in a series of stories celebrating the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. We started off with a bang on Oct. 23, 2005 with a column about my boobs. I was mortified that this particular one was running on a Sunday – when my parents would see their friends at church. But I think it set the tone that nothing was going to be off limits for discussion and that we were going to be honest.

Long ago, before I had two beautiful children, I had two beautiful breasts. They were perfect 36Cs — not too big, not too small and, oh, so perky. Girlfriends were envious of them, and boys were always checking them out. One of my editors at the college newspaper would assign stories to them — he never looked me in the eye; he always talked to my chest.

In a quest to make my children healthier than I am, I was determined to nurse both babies at least 12 months. I ended up nursing each 18 months. Are my children …

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