When our kids mess up, as mothers it's easy to turn the blame on ourselves. Isn't it? We ask, "Where did I go wrong?" What did I do wrong as a parent? Didn't I teach them right from wrong? What could I have done differently? It's interesting to me that when a teen gets in... Continue Reading →
They will go their own way
Let's just be honest here. We all are freaked out about raising kids. All moms fear messing up our kids big time. Like, they will need therapy big. When my kids were younger, parenting felt tough, but manageable. Daughter has temper-tantrums? There's a book, a blog post, or at least advise from a friend to... Continue Reading →
To all the Mean Moms out there…Happy Mother’s Day!
There are two things that are guaranteed when you become a mother... you will catch your child's puke in your hands; and you will be called a Mean Mom by one, or all your children It will happen once, twice, or even more times than you can count. And if you have more than one... Continue Reading →
I will always be a new mom
I've officially been a mother now for a little over 14 years. Long gone are the days of having a new-born who won't sleep through the night. Those days were so awkward. I didn't know what the heck I was doing, what was the "right" way to do this mothering thing. There were so many questions.... Continue Reading →
Dear moms of teens, it’s time we stick together.
Dear moms of teens, It's time we stick together. Seemingly good teens will make bad decisions. Sometimes they don't get caught, or it takes months before the truth comes out. Sometimes they get caught doing something with potentially dangerous consequences. And when they get caught, we moms have to stick together. And stop the finger... Continue Reading →
Dear Kids, Create Your Summer
Dear kids, You have approximately 91 days of summer vacation. Now is the time to create your summer. I would suggest you don’t waste your time whining, fighting, and proclaiming, “I am bored!”. Speaking of fighting. I don't get 91 days of summer vacation. I have to work, at an office and at home. I... Continue Reading →
For the Moms Who Have Been Called The ‘Meanest Mom Ever’
By now, everyone has watched the viral video of the yellow clad Baltimore mamma slapping and yelling at her son in the middle of a street protest. Some have hailed her 'Mom of the Year', others call her an abusive parent. No matter what side your opinions fall on, I bet you five bucks, in... Continue Reading →
10 Reasons Why I Hate Doing Homework with My Kids
Homework is supposed be for the benefit of my kids. It should only take 20 minutes a night to complete. It says so right in black and white in the school handbook. Insert me laughing, hysterically. After yet another homework fight with my second grader, I wrote a little I Hate You, Homework list. Because... Continue Reading →
11 Ways to Combat Text Bullying
You remember the days of prank phone calls. Chances are you made this one: "Hello." "Is your refrigerator running?" "Yes..." "Then you better go catch it!" Hang up. Laugh hysterically. Admit it. You did it as a teenager. It was annoying to the person on the other end of the line but innocent. Oh, how... Continue Reading →
My Big Fat Lesson in Internet Safety
I have been living with a teenager for a week now and it has been an education. As in, a big fat lesson in internet safety. Some of you may have been there, done that, but for me, it's my first time to this rodeo. And this rodeo just kicked me in my butt! We live... Continue Reading →
Mother vs Mother
It happens before the moment we hold our baby for the first time. Women everywhere are taking sides in the mother vs mother debate. Natural child-birth mother vs pass-me-the-epidural mother. Even before the sleep derivation makes us so crazy, men run and hide, women choose a side in the parenting-child-rearing war. Breast feeding vs formula... Continue Reading →
When Your Kid Messes Up
Ever have one of those days when your kid messes up in a big way that it boggles your mind, leaving you to only ask, "Who are you and what have you done with my kid?" I think I hear a resounding, "Heck, Yeah!" A phone call from the school with my tween crying on... Continue Reading →
A Summer Letter to my Kids
Dear kids, You have 35 days of summer vacation left before school starts. I would suggest you don't waste it with whining, fighting, and proclaiming, "I am bored!". I am bored is not a disease. It is not an affliction that calls for a remedy. It is not a bell you ring and the entertainment... Continue Reading →
You Were Made to Thrive, Not Just Survive
Hi friends. How are you feeling today? Tired, anxious, a little run down? I'll be honest here. I am feeling like this should be the "lazy days of summer", so why are my kids driving me crazy just two weeks into summer break? You too? I don't know about you but I could use a... Continue Reading →
Encouraging Words for When You Think You Are Doing This Mothering Thing Wrong
Your tween says something so defeating it pierces your soul and you have to wonder, "Who is this kid?!"...then immediately ask, "Where's the nearest boarding school?" Maybe your toddler has been a perfect little Angel all day until...you walk into Target and the melt-down in the cracker isle begins. I mean, the explosive, throw-thy-self-on-the-floor-with-bloodcurdling-screaming-and-crying... Continue Reading →
Life lesson #7: Mean Girls Don’t Grow Up…They Just Grow Old.
An open letter to my tween, I hear middle school has been rough lately. You have a hard enough time trying to navigate this delicate social universe when, in walks a mean girl sending out shock waves that rock your middle school world. What do you do? You are caught in the middle of being... Continue Reading →
Motherhood…It Ain’t Easy
MOTHERHOOD. It’s the hardest job in the world. It’s the most thankless job in the world. We are grossly underpaid. It’s the most important job we will ever have. There are no manuals to prepare us for it. Sure, there are books…a lot of books...but none are concise. So we are really left to just... Continue Reading →
It’s Going to be Okay Because…It’s Normal.
When my oldest daughter was just a new born baby, I was a first time mom mess. I poured over baby development books, researched feeding, diapering, educational music and child safety on the internet. I was worried that she wasn't eating enough. That she wasn't sleeping enough, or too much. I wanted to know why... Continue Reading →
Ways to Say I Love You
I Love You. The three sweetest words in the English language. My daughters and I have a little nightly tradition. At night I say to Alexandra, "I love you all the way to the moon and back." She says, "I love you all the way to the moon and back 400 times." Then, I... Continue Reading →
Unleash Evil Mommy
This weekends the girls had a screaming match over a sheet. The youngest was using a sheet to make a tent. The oldest HAD to use that one and only sheet to make her bed. Screaming. Door slamming. More screaming. "I hate you!" flew out of their mouths. Because of a sheet. To be clear,... Continue Reading →
Not another sport…
Alex had a figure skating competition last weekend. She placed 4th. Not bad. She doesn't want to compete any more this year. Even though one of her goals was to compete at Regionals in October. Because she is obsessed with gymnastics. Not another sport... She took a gymnastics day camp this summer and loved it.... Continue Reading →
Whatever happened to good ‘ol fashioned book reports?
WARNING: I just need to vent. I just want to know when it happened that 4th graders are expected to do so much homework (a.k.a. busy work)? My 4th grade is reading the novel Robin Hood and His Merry Men. She brought home a packet of fill-in-the-blank worksheets and crossword puzzles. After an hour and... Continue Reading →
Oh, why is she in a hurry to grow up?
Ten years ago I almost gave birth in the hospital parking lot. Flashback to a few hours earlier that morning: I wasn't even sure if I was in labor. I had to crack open my copy of "What to expect when you're expecting" to check my symptoms. And check it again. Thankfully I made it... Continue Reading →