The Mom Ride: How to Choose the Best Family Car For You

how to choose the right car for your family - working mom favorites!A girlfriend of mine just moved to the suburbs, and she had the most brilliant tip for how to find the right car for your family: rent it first for a family vacation! I’ve often heard people advise to rent a minivan for vacation — more space, more enjoyable if you’ve got a long drive — but I thought this mom hack was such a smart way to make sure they chose the best car for their family.

As a hilarious side note: I was thinking about this older YouTube video called The Swagger Wagon about some parents who really, really like their Toyota Minivan — but have you seen this newer video from the mom group The Texting Yogas, “Never Thought I’d Do It,” about buying a minivan?

For those of you who drive regularly (a good number of you, according to our survey!), do you have a “mom” ride? How did you choose the best family car for you? What do you like or dislike about your car? How important was fitting three carseats in your backseat — or being able to drive with three adults and two car seats? (Any car accessories that you absolutely love, for kids or otherwise? We got one of these sandbag Garmin Portable Friction Mounts for my parents and they absolutely love it, compared to the GPS thing that never stuck to the windshield — but note that such mounts are apparently are not allowed in every state.)

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Nursing Tuesday: Layla Maternity/Nursing Dress

This really cool black shift dress from Loyal Hana has very interesting zippered nursing access panels — I haven’t seen anything like them, and they’re very discreet. If you’re looking for a dress for maternity as well as into the nursing months, do consider this one, which is machine washable. It’s $115 at Nordstrom — it’s almost sold out, but it’s also at loyalhana.com for $150 in sizes XS-L. Layla Maternity/Nursing Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Makeup & Beauty Monday: Anti-Fatigue Products

If anyone needs some anti-fatigue cream, moms do, so I thought I would bring these to your attention: Garnier’s Sleeping Cream, Eye Gel Cream, and Day Cream, all of which have great reviews. Each is $16.99 at Ulta, and you can probably get them at your local drugstore as well. Garnier Anti-Fatigue Products

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News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…            

  • Racked checks out Dia & Co., which aims to give plus-size women a “curated personal experience” of stylish clothes and accessories made for them.
  • The Washington Post looks at stylists who help moms accept their postpartum bodies.
  • In The New York Times, Dr. Perri Klass writes about how we want to “plant our parental sensibilities in [our kids’] brains, so that they hear our voices even when we aren’t there.”
  • Red Tricycle introduces you to the Lulla Doll, which is supposed to help children sleep by playing breathing sounds and heartbeats.
  • Science of Us shows why it’s helpful for young kids to read to dogs.
  • NPR refers to a Guttmacher study that found that failure rates for common contraceptives fell from 2006-2010.
  • Also from Science of Us: two (dismaying) studies that found that racial bias may start far earlier than we thought.
  • Here’s a fun video showing parents teaching their kids about sex and birth control (autoplay, YouTube).
  • Scary Mommy has info on a recall of Target Easter toys.
  • Speaking of Target, Mommy Nearest shares news of Target’s big Car Seat Trade-In Event that runs from April 17 to 30.

Also, do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Family Friday: Monopoly Junior

This is my favorite of the Junior board games we’ve gotten so far — they did a really good job with this one. I love that we can encourage counting, because there’s no houses or hotels, and it’s only dollar bills, not 5s, 10s, etc. I always make my son count all of the money he wins at the end. It’s very easy, even for someone who’s a non-reader. All of the place names are cute and kid-friendly, like the Zoo and the Bowling Alley. Monopoly Junior moves quickly, and it’s a good, fun game — I highly recommend it. Monopoly Junior

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A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Dr. Mom Edition

For our first Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m honored to introduce my friend M, who is a 40-year-old doctor based in Washington, D.C., and mom to two kids, 6 and 8. Before we get to the nitty gritty of her life, I’m going to caveat this post with something I plan to preface all of these updates with: This is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics…

Name: M
Lives: Washington, D.C.
Job: Almost-full-time physician, between seeing patients and teaching
Age: 40
Home Situation: 

1 husband, 2 kids (ages 6 & 8). Moved around A LOT pre-kids but have hunkered down for the past 7 years. We live in a 1950s ranch with a claustrophobic cluster of rooms in the most beautiful neighborhood in DC (biased). 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms, the last bedroom for our au pair so we are guestroom-less.

What’s your childcare situation like?   

Au pair! Life-changer. Started when I was a resident/husband was a firm attorney. Never going back to anything else as long as we need any form of childcare. Has given us amazing flexibility with both our parenting lives and our social lives. (Au pair staying in? Great, we put the kids to bed then head out for drinks on a random Tuesday night. That’s the best part. Plus the flexibility. Plus the kids learning new cultures. It has been all upside for us.)

(Kat’s note: We may circle back to M for more advice on au pairs, because when I asked her a follow up Q or two, she gushed about how she’s the poster child for au pairs — they’re on #4! As for what M’s favorite resources are for au pairs, M said: “My favorite au pair resource is of my own creation: I put together this slightly insane handbook with rules, expectations, sample schedules, how to use the subway, favorite museums, neighbors names/photos, and send it to the girls before they get here. Helpful to be in a city like D.C. with so many au pairs– they often have better social lives than we do. “)

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