Being new to the forties club, I’m still unsure about what is supposed to happen at this age. I thought it might have something to do with boldly owning everything about yourself in an “I-am-woman-hear-me-roar” sort of way. But now that I am here, a feeling of unease is quietly nagging at me. Because… Continue reading Am I Really Done With Children?
The morning after. No less than twenty-three posts on social media all asking the same question. What will I tell my children? My mind raced with thoughts of inadequacy. Oh no! Did I miss something? Was I supposed to prepare a speech for my kids about the results of the election? Once I had… Continue reading What Will I Tell My Children?
Upon our return from a two-week Ireland vacation, I was greeted with a smiling sister-in-law, an excited dog and an enormous pile of mail. As I rummaged through the heap of advertisements, I came across a letter from my daughter’s middle school. Being that this will be her first year attending middle school, I… Continue reading Summer Break?
The term “step-dad” is not used in our family. Previously published on The Good Men Project on 6/17/16. http://goodmenproject.com/families/step-dad-sidestepped-convention-became-friend-kids-wat/ No matter how many similarities all parents may have, the truth is that we are all unique in our own ways. How you do your family is probably a little different than how we do… Continue reading The Un-Step-Dad
*Disclaimer: This piece is not so much a blog post, but rather a personal, unedited rambling of my appreciation for the men in my life who, in my opinion, do it right. Over the years, there have been a variety of fathers I’ve had the privilege to observe. So, as Father’s Day approaches, I’d like to take the… Continue reading A Tribute to the Fathers I’ve Known
Recently, my eleven year old daughter divulged her plans to attend college in Switzerland. Initially, the thought of this filled me with pride and excitement for her. Then, the mom in me roared her ugly head, reminding me that while I do a pretty decent job at mothering, I still have quite a way… Continue reading Spending Summer at Camp Mom
previously published on BLUNTmoms on 5/13/16 http://www.bluntmoms.com/spitting-protesters-no-class/ A few weeks ago, our family attended our first animal rights protest. While nothing beats standing outside for hours in the scorching Florida sun, attending a protest usually isn’t my first choice of things to do with my children on a Saturday afternoon. However, my older daughter… Continue reading Spitting on Protesters? You Have no Class
For those unfamiliar with ABC’s comedy The Middle, Sue Heck portrays a wonderfully tragic teenager who tries her hardest at everything, but is constantly rejected. Because she always pulls herself back up, the audience can’t help but root for her. She never gets what she ultimately wants, yet she finds the genuine happiness with whatever… Continue reading My Real Life Sue Heck
Apparently, bullying starts younger than I remember. A few years ago, due to an issue with her foot, my daughter wore a boot. As she slowly limped down the hallway with a friend, the class bully decided to push her…for no reason at all. It wasn’t done in a flirty, “let-me-pull-your-hair-because-I-like-you” way. It was malicious. … Continue reading Guiding Your Bully to a Better Place
I’ve been published on The Mid (aka Scary Mommy)! Check out my blog on Pen Pals here: https://www.scarymommy.com/the-lost-art-of-writing-letters/ Previously published on Scary Mommy August 25, 2015 Last week, I introduced my daughters to the old-school concept of pen pals. In an enthusiastic mommy voice, my explanation went something like this: “When I was your age,… Continue reading Teaching My Daughters What A Pen Pal Is In The Age Of Social Media