Jenny From The Blog at TheSuburbanJungle

    Jenny From The Blog at TheSuburbanJungle

  • 16 Hilarious Ways WAHMs Could Make Working in an Office Awkward

    As a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), there are many things I get to do in the home office that probably wouldn't fly in an actual office. For instance, I bet people who work in an office rarely have co-workers hiding under their desks or trying to lick them because they think it's funny.

  • A Mom at Summer Camp - Day 16 - I Forgot How to Be a Kid

    Call me insane, but I'm spending the summer at a sleepaway camp (Camp Lenox) in the Berkshires. I ran along with them screaming, as if it was all real and when we got to the far end of the field they clapped and cheered and talked about how that was the best Halloween in July, yet.

  • 35 Reasons Moms May Be Late

    I was never an incredibly punctual person, but but becoming a parent has put a whole new spin on my excuses for being late to meetings, school drop off, parties and appointments. As was made apparent in my "20 Momisms Translated" post, we moms have a lot in common... why should this be any different?

  • First Child VS Second Child - 10 Things Parents Do Differently

    1) First Child: "Oh, no First dropped a teething toy/pacifier. Second Child: "Look Second dropped her teething toy/pacifier. 2) First Child: Is only allowed to watch super educational videos (so we thought) like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby - and you watch with First and follow along with a pointer while clapping and humming, like they demonstrate in the videos. Second Child: Whatever First is watching should be fine.

  • 8 Items Gen Xers Used that Our Kids Would Find Archaic

    We rented tapes for Betamax and VCRs, we had "state-of-the-art" video game systems and their games for sale and we had a room that was heavily secured with a retina scanner (I mean a black curtain on a shower rod). I think that's a sign that they don't understand the point of a coaster.

  • 30 Phrases Parents Don't Want to Hear - but Most Likely Will

    As a parent, you know there are certain words and phrases you can't wait to hear. Ones that will fill your heart with total joy -- like the first utterance of "Mama" or "Dada" -- so sweet, so loving, so innocent and you're pretty sure everything they say from then on will be total perfection. And thennnnnn they learn the word "NO" and your like, "fuck they talk back?" Then they add a foot stamp or a fall-to-the-floor tantrum maneuver and it hits you, they're all bound to say and do this stuff -- along with a slew of other stuff -- and you're screwed. ...

  • 13 Inventive Ways to Totally Screw Up Your Kids

    (WARNING: DO NOT TRY THESE AT HOME, IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO TAKE CARE OF YOU WHEN YOU'RE OLD)After clicking on an article titled How to Emotionally Screw Up Your Kids, I realizing it wasn't what I expected.

  • I Followed My Kids to Sleepaway Camp -- Now What?

    I have a confession, well I should call it an announcement, but it feels more like something I must divulge in a hat, glasses and a wig … I'm followed my kids 1000 miles away, to sleepaway camp.

  • A Mom at Summer Camp - Day 1 - Don't Make Me Turn This Plane Around

    Dear Readers, (Day 1 of "Jenny From the Bunk - I followed my kids to camp, now what?" humor series at Camp Lenox) With bloodshot eyes and their faces pancaked to the edges of the walls, they waved relentlessly as their kids passed through the metal detectors, but their kids didn't look back (maybe one would turn as a desperate parent called their name for a sendoff, maybe not).

  • Who Needs Stinkin' Fireworks? Not My Kids

    If a plant shows the slightest sign of wilting it is taken to the Everglades, shot, and replaced with a perfect new plant --that is probably shaking in its britches, well branches. I guess I was wrong when I said government is bad at every level.

  • Gen Xers | 26 Signs You Went to Sleepaway Camp

    We packed our trunks, made sure we had as many flip up collar polo style shirts as possible and headed off for 2-8wks of re-wording pop songs, crushing on counselors with British accents, and dressing up as Madonna and Michael Jackson. Let me restate that so that you can process it… My kids are going to Camp Lenox in Massachusetts and I'm freakin' following them -- because I may be certifiable, ahem, I mean, so that I can write about the camp experience from a mom's POV and find the humor and nostalgia in trying to go back.

  • 7 Things You Won't Get to Do Once You Have Children

    The other day, I was in a cosmetics store and asked the girl working there what product she would recommend from a new line they were featuring. Now, I say girl because frankly, she was fresh faced, cute as a button, perfectly tanned, toned, and wrinkle free. (All the things I no longer am.) Girl: "Well, Ma'am…" (Ma'am? Ugh, we're already starting off on the wrong foot. ...

  • 50 Totally Random Things I Recall as a Gen Xer

    After seeing the amazing response to a recent post for Gen Xers - You Probably Went to Camp If... it dawned on me that as a child of the 80s, I'm some kind of a Generation X genius. I mean, I could be the "Rain Man" of the Gen X set. Seriously, throw some quotes on the floor, I'll tell you who said them. OK, that test may not work as well as it does with toothpicks in the movie. Obviously, I'm somewhat stuck in that era, and I kinda like it there. So I thought I'd share some of the most the everyday stuff and totally obscure stuff I remember as a Gen X poster child. How many do you recall:

  • This Actually Happened AKA How to Scare Kids at a Bus Stop

    Yes, this incident actually happened and I'm pretty sure it wasn't a coincidence. Let's file it under the heading - How to Scar Your Tween for Life 101 - Is that a class? I should probably teach it.

  • I Won Best Mom -- Don't Worry There is Always Next Mother's Day

    (This is the true story of a previous Mother's Day written on that particular Mother's Day. Some names have been changed for no reason whatsoever.)

  • 18 Insane Things Parents Say to Their Kids --That All Parents Will Understand

    You know those phrases you say to your kids that seem so insane, you can't believe you actually uttered those words? Here's 18 of them and none will sound as crazy as they should...

  • 31 Signs Your Baby Boy is Officially a Tween

    Tweenhood is an interesting time - a time of acclimating to the social mores of tween culture, learning which hair products work best, which headphones are most comfortable, and feeling like a total loser -whether you have tons of friends or none at all.

  • Soap Opera Smooches with a 5 Year Old and Other Awkward V-Day Moments with the Kids

    On February 14th a few years back, Ry, my daughter, then 5 years old, trotted into my room to wish me a happy Valentine's Day, to hand me a stunning hand-made card, and to neck.

  • 24 Unexpected Questions Every Mom Asks Herself at Some Point

    There’s a slew of questions every mom will ask herself at least once, like: Is it wrong for the “Tooth Fairy” to steal money from one kid to pay the other? or Does jumping in the pool not count as a bath? or...

  • 30 Signs You Are NOT a Parent (As Listed by a Mom)

    Moms can spot those who don't have kids yet (or don't want them) a mile away ... for instance, they don't usually worry if the people they're out with will keep their pants on in public. There are so many indicators, here are just a few ...