Will my real friends please stand up?

When we are children, life is simple: We divide our lives into things we like and things we don't like. Candy is wonderful; vegetables are not. Summer fun is the best thing ever; school is a chore that is dealt with. People we know are either friends or not friends. It turns out that last one is still true in adulthood....more

5 Reasons Being the First of Your Friends to Have Kids is Awesome!

When we first learned that I was pregnant with Annabelle I had just turned 23, putting me squarely in the “young mom” category and also instantly categorizing me as the first of my close friends to have a baby. Most of my friends were barely married or out of grad school and nowhere near being “baby ready” so I spent a great deal of time thinking about what little I would have in common with them after the baby came....more

What to Avoid if You Want to Keep your Best Friend!

 6 Ways To Lose A Friend Instantly! By Gina BarrecaGossip, sex, and guilt are easy ways you can drive away even your best friends!http://www.psychologytoday.com/em/98721 Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

Women and our Best Friends Forever (BFF)

Women expect our best friends to be there in times of misery. We want to be able to contact our friends 24 hours a day, as if they were the fire department or QVC. So why is it that we don't always trust our best friends with good news? http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-barreca-saving-the-misery-for-......more


Laurette's Wake Up Call

I once met a man whose favorite saying was, "Nothing is promised to us."He would say that more than once in a conversation, sometimes so much so, that I didn't hear it. Didn't hear it, that is, until one day,  a shocking event made me think of Bob.  As a result of the repetition he had provided along with his tagline, the phrase, "Nothing is promised to us" was the first thing that popped into my mind. And it was SO appropriate....more
Oh no... I am jumping into the next segment of the mystery.more

BFFs & Mean Girls: Why Best Friends Forever Can Be Harmful to Girls

Up until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to the term “BFF” or Best Friend Forever. I’ve seen the term used on mom blogs and elsewhere, but the few times I’ve paid attention to it, I assumed it was a harmless, trendy term for friendship. That was until my 11 year-old daughter started coming home from school mocking the term and saying other girls use it to exclude classmates and form cliques....more
I can really relate to this. I have had a lot of "BFF's" that were not really forever. BTW how ...more

Sojourn Through Parental Types

The end of the year is always tough for highschoolboy (HSB). As I mentioned in earlier posts, he usually decides by the end of April that the year is over. This year has especially been hard for him....more