Happy Anniversary to TBMG

Tampa Bay Moms Group is celebrating 5 years of connecting moms. We are so excited we decided to give ourselves a makeover for the occasion. We've always prided ourselves on member feedback and we've taken in all your suggestions and made the site more mobile friendly, the forum easier to navigate, moved groups to Facebook and created a more functional and full calendar dividing events by type. Most of all we've made big changes to accommodate the traffic we have on the site so there will be virtually no loading time as you browse! With all the changes it also has opened up the ability for members to take a more active role in the site. If you would like to become a group admin, moderator or

8 Lessons I've learned from my child.

We spend the better part of our parenting lives teaching our children. The irony of this is how much we can learn from them if we simply take the time. And there are so many amazing things our children can teach us if we just open up and let them. In fact I truly believe if we spent a day being more like our children and tried less to get them to be more like us we'd all be happier, healthier and have a pretty darn good laugh. You may think there isn't much your child can teach you but here are just eight of the countless things I've learned from my child/ 1. Sometimes it's ok to have a tantrum. We all get upset, we all get frustrated and as adults we let that fester and linger but kids t

Generic EpiPen could be an alternative the recent price hikes

People reliant on EpiPens were in shock recently when co-pay costs for 2 EpiPens skyrocketed from around $100 to $400 and even as high as $700. In 2004, this same prescription cost only $60. For parents who have to have EpiPens with them, one at school and many times one wherever their children are for after school activities, it has become an extreme cost. Some even aren't able to refill the prescriptions which are necessary for saving lives. Thanks to one of the moms who commented on the Facebook post we shared on this story, we learned that there are other alternatives. There are generic forms of epinephrine, they just don't come in the convenient EpiPen dispenser. You'll need to ask

The Antisocial Nature of Social Media Comments

This story about a newspaper who has made the decision to disable online comments hit a little close to home because the above questions are things I think of daily as I see people behave online very differently than they would in person. I fully support any organization that would take steps to insure the integrity of their business, safety and peace of mind of it's consumers. But I admit that I find it sad that forums have to be shut down or closely monitored because of how people behave. As an online publisher we require an account on this website for members to be able to comment. This requirement has effected the amount of comments we get but I'd rather have fewer comments from people w

Teacher's No Homework Policy Goes Viral

We were really interested to hear your thoughts Monday on our Facebook post when we shared a note sent home from a teacher saying: Dear Parents, After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your child did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year. Research has been unable to prove that homework improves students preformance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early. Thank you, Mrs. Brandy Young The response from our members was generally in ag

Zika... What do you know about it?

I'm a worrier I have 4 kids and I'm always worried something will happen. I worry about child abductions, traffic accidents, random shootings and yes... even disease. I try to stay informed on current dangers while at the same time not over researching because I could easily fixate and drive myself crazy. So when it comes to the Zika virus I try to be just as informed as I need to without getting obsessed. For me that means being aware of high risk areas but avoiding statistics on actual infections. It's a hard like to straddle, wanting to be in the now and not being terrified and it's often a line I have to step across at some point. Sometimes you have to immerse yourself in the info or sta

Would you Microchip Your Child? I'd consider it and people are pissed off!

I got a lot of really negative blow back from doing this Micro chipping story. I never would have thought so but the reactions from total strangers was down right abusive and threatening. It was picked up by right wing media outlets, posted on religious fanatical sites, shared on conspiracy theorist blogs and more. I received death threats and threats of violence against my children. Why? Because I had an opinion on something that they disagreed with? That made it ok to threaten my life and the lives of my family members? Because I have a constant fear that my child could go missing and I would do ANYTHING to protect her? Because people get ideas in their heads and decide that you have to fo

Dear Moms caught in the social media light

I’m so sorry. I’m sorry that you have to raise your children in fear of being judged by strangers. When I had my older girls, there was no social media. When I had my other two kids, it was brand new. I’m so incredibly thankful that I had my kids before the firestorm of social media. But I could still be a victim. My heart goes out to any mom who has had their picture taken by a stranger. My heart aches for moms who have seen their pictures shared all over social media having complete strangers judge them in situations that the person taking the picture wasn’t in. That person couldn’t know what the mom was going through. The people judging the mom certainly didn’t know her situation. A coupl

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