After writing The Top 10 Mom Types That You’ll Find At The Park, it was clear that the subject matter was one that many of us could understand. Let’s face it: most of us are all of these moms at one time or another, myself included (Food-Mom and Techno-Mom).

Following the post, I was asked to return to The Morning Show on Global Television to discuss in more detail. Click here to watch the segment or check out the embedded video below

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Moms at the park playing with their kids are a common sight in most neighborhoods. After all, children love playing and moms, for the most part, love playing with their kids. Not surprisingly then, is it any wonder that there are as many different types of moms at the park as there are days of the week? No, actually, there are more. Ten, to be specific. Read on and you’ll find that you’ll likely recognize at least a few of these parents at your local playground.

The Top 10 Mom Types You’ll Find at the Park

1) Hover-Mom - Think helicopter mom on steroids. This mother believes that anything and everything in the world outside her door can and will harm her child. As a result, she will be in extremely close proximity to her child at all times to the point of practically smothering her little darling. And don’t get in between her and her kid or else you will have a “mama bear” scenario on your hands and it won’t be pretty.

2) Freestyle-Mom - Live and let live. This mom believes that the child could and should do whatever they like. Accordingly, you’ll be the one watching them in the sandbox just before they eat a mound of dirt. Just make sure that you have 911 on speed-dial when you’re in the presence of this mom’s child because you know that you’ll be the one having to call emergency.

3) Techno-Mom - This mom is up on the latest tech gadgets. Think smartphone, iPad, e-readers and more. This mommy looks at an afternoon at the park as an opportunity to catch up on her email, phone calls, latest bestselling novel (in digital form, of course) and music. She also will spare no expense on being fully outfitted with the trendiest new gizmo as per Mashable, in order to accompany her kid to the park. After all, it’s really important to spend quality time with her child.

4) Business-Mom - A very close relative of Techno-Mom, Business-Mom is a no-nonsense, Type A parent, even when she’s helping her kid to navigate the see-saw and the monkey bars. Following the philosophy that it’s “all business, all the time,” this mom has no problem closing a multi-million dollar deal, delegating a killer presentation or chastising an employee all while smugly glancing at those “simple” parents who don’t have the sophistication to be employed in such a high-powered career as hers.

5) Bossy-Mom - To this mom, it’s her way or the highway, no questions asked. This includes questions from other parents as well, as this mom will not only direct her child as to what playground item to play on next, but will tell you and your child what to do as well. She knows, you know. She knows.

6) Superior-Mom - “Mother Superior” in the true sense of the word, this mom is so much better than all of the other mothers at the park. After all, she’s given her child organic, top-of-the-line, farm-grown dandelion leaves for lunch, unlike you. She is also going out of her way to make sure that her child wears only the best, most expensive, healthiest and synthetic-free clothing that was purchased at the leading natural clothing co-op, because she’s doing her part for the environment, her child and the world, and you’re not.

7) Passive-Aggressive Mom - “No, do it this way, Darling,” you’ll hear her say, and often. This statement will then be followed by something like “You know that mommy will be so hurt if you fall down and break your collar bone! Mommy doesn’t like having to go to the hospital with you all the time, even though she loves you so much! Mommy does everything she can for her sweet little boy, so please don’t make Mommy upset!” Guilt and indirect shaming of the child are part and parcel of this mom’s arsenal.

8) Food Issues-Mom - You’ll know this mom by the fact that she’s following her kid around with a juice box, sandwich, pieces of cheese and veggie sticks with an extremely anxious and worried look on her face. She’s convinced that her child is on the verge of starvation and that it’s only a matter of time before he faints from malnourishment. Thankfully for him, her very large backpack is stuffed to the brim with supplies that are evidently required to fend off certain starvation that would have occurred for that one hour trip to the park.

9) Competitive-Mom - This mom’s child is better than your child and this mom will let you know it - over and over and over again. Tell Competitive-Mom that your son hit a home run at his latest game and you will be quashed by stories of how this annoying parent’s kid always hits home runs, not to mention the fact that her child is the team captain, MVP and hero of every kid’s sporting team possible. “Insufferable” is an understatement in describing this parent; avoid and ignore her at all costs.

10) Kiddie-Mom - It’s often difficult to discern the difference between who’s the mother and who’s the child in this combo. Kiddie-Mom is reliving her obviously too-short childhood through the opportunities presented by her own children and doesn’t care who is there to witness the debacle. Kiddie-Mom will swing higher than her child, bounce her daughter too hard on the see-saw (while she sits on one end of it, weighing four times her child’s weight, just to make the drop down extra good) and will compete with her child on the monkey bars. She will also play tag with the other kids at the park and catch them really quickly when she’s “It.” This is because her legs are three times longer than the other children who are playing and she can easily grab a hold of the terrified kids who are trying to avoid her. Stay away from Kiddie-Mom. She may be the scariest archetype of all.

And yes - you can insert “Dad” in place of mom, though just not as often 😉 (This is a joke! Please don’t email me!! 😉).

**Putting this list together made me realize that I’ve just scratched the surface and there are a number of other mom-types that can be found at the local park. Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!**

Did I miss any “mom-types” in this post? If so, let me know about them in the comments below :)

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Ease your child's back to school anxiety with these simple tips

The first day of school is just around the corner and parents and children everywhere are preparing anxiously for their big moment. This is especially the case for children who are going to school for the first time. The thought of school with “big kids,” teachers and the vast unknown of “school” is overwhelming and downright frightening for the uninitiated. It’s equally as stressful for the parents as well. Luckily there are tips and strategies that moms and dads can use to get through to make their child’s first day and first week of learning a positive one.

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Following are the Top 7 Tips For Preparing Your Child For the First Day of School

1) Talk the Talk - No one likes surprises and this is particularly the case with children. Talk to your child beforehand about what they can expect when going to school for the first time. Explain what the days ahead will look like, what activities your child can expect and the fun that they will have. Best to prepare them in advance so that there are no surprises.

2) Visit the School - Familiarity with where they will be going to school will make a huge difference to your child. Make sure to go to the schoolyard or playground with your son or daughter before the first day rolls around. Familiarize them with their surroundings so that they’re comfortable with entering the school when the time comes.

3) Be Available - If you’re at all able to be the one to take your child in for the first day of school, do so. It you can, stay for the first bell and see your son or daughter off to their new life. The same goes for pickup, if you’re able to swing it. If possible, bet there to pick up your child right at bell when their school time is over to give them that sense of comfort. If you’re not able to be there, perhaps a trusted close friend or family member could step in to ease the transition.

4) Assure Your Child - Children thrive on reassurances and this is particularly the case when starting something new. When it comes to attending school, small children will need your confirmation that everything will be okay, and that you will be there at the end of the day, if not to pick them up, then later on at home. Having this sense of security even when you’re not there will make a huge difference in your child’s first school experience.

5) Sweeten the Deal - Negotiations and out-and-out bribery isn’t wholly a bad thing, especially in this instance. If it makes it easier, get something new for your child that will ease the transition into their new status as a school-bound kid. New clothes, a special backpack, a stuffed toy, or similar can go a long way.

6) Security System - A favorite blanket, toy, or picture from home can go a long way in making a little one feel secure and safe in their new environment. Make sure to pack a special item for your child in his or her knapsack before they set foot in their new classroom. Doing so may make the difference between an okay experience and a great one for your son or daughter.

 7) Have a Plan - Let’s face it, there are times where the “best laid plans” are just that - plans, and nothing close to the reality of the situation. If your child is uncontrollably upset or stressed about the first day of school and is not coping well with the separation anxiety that they’re feeling, make sure you have a contingency plan. Could you possibly stay with them for a short period of time in their new room to acclimatize them before leaving? Perhaps some extra time with your child may be required before they’re left in their new environment. Either way, be prepared for a scenario that may require you to abandon your previous plans of a smooth first day at school. It happens to the best of us and we all get through these difficult times.

What are some tips and strategies that you can recommend for a smooth first day of school?

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