What happened to communal parenting?

The playground can be a chaotic place, so when I saw a child struggling to climb a ladder, I grabbed him and pulled him up. My instincts told me this kid was in trouble, and it didn't matter that it wasn't my child. A part of me wondered, however, if I should have left him alone. Was it inappropriate for me to touch a strange child? Would my good intentions be met with anger?...more

You Are Here: Our Story

We noticed it first on Facebook. A steady stream of Mommy Blogs with funny photos of cute toddlers and frazzled moms. Potty training, picky eaters, and lots of talk of work-life balance. Then the vacation pictures appeared, a friend and her husband at their new cottage in Vermont, another couple visiting relatives in London, yet another at their apartment in San Francisco.What we stopped seeing was anyone like us....more

On Being You

From what I read, I’m part of an interesting new cohort of ambitious, highly-educated women of the 90s who left careers in medicine, business, and law to raise kids full time. Our press isn’t great – we’re helicoptery-tiger moms – organic-food-pushing, Kumon-loving, homemade-Halloween-costume-creating caricatures who subscribe to The Skimm, Khan Academy, and Real Simple Magazine.But I’m calling bu!!sh*t. What kind of mothers did you expect us to be??...more

Tell Me Why

From my blog, Take It EasyIt's true what they say. If you post more often, you'll get more people reading your blog. Not really rocket science, is it? Since I started on National Blog Posting Month I've had upwards of 800 page views, which is comfortably more than I was getting: October was a quiet month, with noticeably fewer views per day than in the year as a whole. I'd like to think that is because this is my eleventh post of the month, having only posted eight times before in 2014, and that there is a direct correlation between the two factors....more

Community is what you make it

It’s been a little over a year since we moved into our new home.  The leap of faith we took to change homes, neighborhoods and schools has been a good thing for us....more

Building Gym Class Community

“Where the HELL have you been, girl?!” The amplified voice booms over loudspeakers. All eyes, it seems, turn on me.I wave and smile....more

Won't you be my neighbor?

When I was little, we spent a lot of time with our neighbors. The teenage daughter was our babysitter, the older son cast us in the adventure movies he liked to direct and we would go over to their house for parties often. ...more

I Don't Understand!

I recently overheard a conversation that went something like this:Elderly, white middle class guy from the Midwest #1, "I don't understand those people in Ferguson. What does rioting have to do with justice?"...more

Let There Be Peace On Earth, And Let It Begin With Me

The news is overwhelming these days. I can't remember a time in my own life when so many stories of war and unrest were pouring in from so many parts of the world, simultaneously. It saddens and sickens me to hear the reports. Hundreds have died here. Thousands over there. This country is aligning with that one to defeat the one over there. Killing and more killing. Bloodshed and more bloodshed. An eye for an eye and the world is going blind....more

Mass & Mochas

A while ago an old friend of mine contacted me to see if I'd be interested in joining a small faith-sharing group she wanted to start up. We would meet once a month for mass and then have coffee afterwards and chat about the readings, our lives, and anything else that we might want to bring to the table. I am someone that has to be intentional about stepping out of her comfort zone, so while this was something I was interested in, I really wasn't sure how it was going to go or if I'd even feel comfortable meeting up with strangers and talking about...stuff. I put my anxieties aside and said yes, hoping that I could recruit a friend to go with me so that I wouldn't have to be alone....more