I'm Okay with Being a Soccer Mom

Last year, we realized that if our ten-year-old was going to continue to play soccer, he would need the more focused, professional coaching that comes at the competitive club level as opposed to recreation leagues with parent coaches. In club leagues, you typically pay for a professional coach who teaches more than just the basic rules of the game and good sportsmanship - they teach individual skills, athletic conditioning, game strategy and team development. It’s a big commitment, both in money and time. ...more

I have three boys but only one who is old enough to play sports competitively at this point. The ...more

Raising a Gentleman

Now that I've been blogging for awhile, I've started to email back and forth with a few other Single-Mom bloggers.  As we visit and comment, we realize we have similar worries on how to teach our boys to be gentlemen when there is no positive male example in the household.   ...more


Did you know that domestic abuse cuts across all socio-economic lines? Are you trapped in an abusive situation with your partner? Domestic abuse can be mental, physical, verbal and emotional. Here are a few red flags to watch for. 1. Jealous, possessive, suspicious. Abusers are into control. They want to know where you are every minute of the day, who you talk to, who you text, who you call. They may monitor your phone conversations and demand to see messages on your cell phone and check the mileage on your car. ...more

Who Came Up with This?

The screaming, the thrashing, the whining, the complete meltdown explosion. It caught me by surprise.  Yes, I had noticed my babies getting more cranky over the past few days, but I figured it was letdown from our vacation ending, tiredness, maybe a growth spurt causing hungriness....more

Advising Patience - Guest Blog

Joella from Dear Delilah, Fine and Fair has graciously bestowed some of her knowledge and superior writing skills to my blog today. She speaks of something close to my heart...patience or the lack thereof. We work so hard to be patient with our children, but what about with other adults? Read More:...more

Jimmy the Spider

Jimmy the Spider - http://bit.ly/gs0ugs The kids are dying for a dog. They talk about dogs, they look at dogs, they run after dogs on the playground, they look at dog pictures, tell dog stories and ask for one several times a week. I am not dying for a dog. Not because I don’t love dogs – I do. The first love of my life was a St. Bernard bitch, big and lazy....more

The Intricacies of the Mind

When I'm making dinner, my husband will play some game or another with the babies.  Yesterday, it was this: ...more

I Need Some Space!

I've heard over and over again that the best way to get a well-behaved child in public is to remove her from any situation in which she is causing a ruckus.  Screaming at a restaurant.  Back to the car, possibly to drive back home.  Tossing and flopping on the beach, time to go back home, immediately.  I've never quite been able to pull this off because usually when one twin is melting down, the other is completely fine.  To take both twins outside of the area for a calm down period only serves to enrage the happy twin.  To leave the happy twin in the area (whe...more

Abercrombie & Finch

Abercrombie & Fitch has created a stir this past week surrounding their offering of a “push-up” top for little girls.  A well-planned marketing strategy?  Probably.  But, that doesn’t make it any less problematic.  Like (hopefully) many people, I have a problem with little girls dressing age-inappropriately and “sexy”.   But, aside from the obvious, I tend to take a little more broad approach with my concern. First, I am compelled to ask: Why do we insist on sending a message to girls that “if you’re not sexy, you’re not beautiful”?&nbs...more