I'm Totally Fine With My Child Being Average

A few weeks ago, I was reading through a few posts on a parenting forum I frequent where a conversation had sprung from a parent who was completely delirious and devastated that her child doesn’t seem to have a future as a "gifted" child. What kind of prospects could she possibly ever expect to have? What kind of life and future could she really obtain if she has to live her life as an “average” child? Um ... WTF. Seriously? ...more
Love this outlook! Yes, I will be perfectly fine if my kids are average - as long as they are ...more

5 Reasons I Really Suck At Preparing My Kids for Adulthood

I've been a mother for a long time. 27 years, to be exact. I've had kids in my home for this long, since after I was halfway done raising my oldest son, I had two more, then married a man with three kids of his own. Sheesh. I should be a professional parenting consultant or something. Oh lordy, that made me spit Diet Coke out of my nose. I am not.even.close. to a professional....more
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Help! My Loser Brother Gets All My Parents' Attention

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I have wonderful parents, but I still get annoyed with the special treatment they give my brother. I'm always the dutiful daughter, but his life and kids are always a mess, and that seems to get him more attention. We're both in our early 40s, so do I have to accept that this is the way it'll always be?Signed,My Parents Always Said Life Isn't Fair, But ... ...more
It's also worth noting that some people are drawn to drama. The question is, is it worth it to ...more

New Kids' Album Celebrates All Families

Families with same-sex parents are only one of the many types of families celebrated in the warm and funny new children’s album Dancin’ in the Kitchen, by two-time Grammy Award-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer....more

What needs to change in Corporate America?

There are always tons of articles on women having it all, not having it all, working, having a family, being a CEO, leaning in... Honestly, whatever you want to do is fine with me. Be happy. We need more happiness in the world.What I noticed though is that women aren't the only ones who struggle with "having it all". And no one in our society really talks about it....more

The Power of the Kitchen Table

This morning I had a flashback to a metal trivet that hung in my mother’s kitchen, right near the sink. I believe she placed it there when we moved in… and it didn’t budge until we sold the house fifty-five years later.The trivet was black cast iron with a few flowers painted in red and yellow with some green leaves. White lettering read: Of all the places I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best....more

I spend 75% of holidays cleaning or Why I sometimes enjoy July 5th more than the 4th

Holidays are very tricky around my house.  I work in healthcare so I get the privledge of working holidays.  I also work 12 hour shifts so the days I work holidays, I pretty much am gone the entire day.  When I do get a holiday off, we tend to celebrate with a family gathering at my house,  I had the 4th of July off so I invited my family over for supper.  Unfourtantly, my house was a complete and utter mess. ...more

Join Us: Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day Is June 2

Yes, it's that time of year again, and you're all invited to join me for the 9th Annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 2! This is a celebration of LGBTQ families whether you’re part of one, know one, or just want to support them....more

What I Learned From Reading Harriet the Spy

 What I Learned Reading Harriet The Spy03/07/2014...more

New BPA Hysteria – Fact or Fiction?

As soon as someone mentions BPA (bisphenol A), I recall the glasses and glass holders our family now uses to replace the plastic containers that previously populated our cupboards.  Like many moms, my number one priority is to keep my kids safe.  So of course, I have also been concerned about BPA in the past....more