Advice for My Boys

My days are often filled with telling my boys things. Please close the door. That Lego sword is not meant to go in your ear. Or your nose. Please put underwear on. That's meant to be a snack, not a meal. Ya know - the things you tell boys all day long.  Sometimes the constant chatter of the everyday life of raising little humans, leaves me too tired to really tell them the things I want them to know. The lessons to really help them in life, not just protect their ears (and their rears). ...more

7 Home-Based Jobs for Full-Time Moms

When a working woman becomes a mom, her priorities change. Instead of just thinking about herself and her work, there’s also the little baby - who needs her love, care and time - to think of....more

God Is It Too Much To Ask?

 God, is it too much to ask? I'm trying. I see my son, and I don't want him to be like me. I don't want him to be the one on the outside looking in, wanting to join, but instead is just watching. Because that's me....more

"He's Not the Sun": Cristina Yang and Barbara Walters' Last Message to Women about Having it All

Sandra Oh has left Grey's Anatomy, and frankly, now that she's gone, there is no other reason to watch the show. For me, she was the show, and for the past nine years, I only tuned in to watch how her character, Cristina Yang, would break yet another stereotype, yet another normative female behavior. And she never failed me....more
Tracy Gibb  You're right about that, Tracy. It's a challenge on both sides. Thanks for commenting.more

Eyeball conversations with pregnant chicks

When I see a chickadee walkin’ down the street in all her eight month pregnant glory, glowing like the sun and rubbing her belly expectantly- I feel it is my duty to have a serious “come to Jesus” conversation with her about what she should be doing with her life at that moment (sleeping, sleeping,a nd sleeping). But, that would be rude, inappropriate and frankly, super weird. So instead, I have the conversation with my eyes....more

Heart Etchings From a Yet-to-Be-Mom

An unread letter written on Sept 10, 2011...more

The Moments that Matter

I’ve been playing around with the notion of how a mom knows whether she’s doing a good job.It’s not like we get a performance review each year with a list of what we accomplished and a raise from the boss. Motherhood isn’t that type of job. Three years ago, I was toying with the same idea and wound up publishing this piece under the title, A Great Gift. It has been edited from the original that appeared on the Dishwasher on May 8, 2011. Thanks for letting me revisit it today. ...more

Mothers Days

Due to a whole host events including spring break, Easter and Passover, my oldest son's baseball team is making up a missed game by playing a double header today. On Mothers Day. My first reaction was “hmm…I might have to play hooky from one of those,” but then I thought about how I really enjoy watching the kids play, that it’s a wonderful group of parents and my youngest son has a great time seeing the siblings, and it’s supposed to be a pretty day; so whatever, play ball!...more