A lesson on Loosening The Apron Strings: His Independence and My Panic

Let me start off by saying that I have always loved the idea of “a boy and his dog”. So, when my son was 4 years old, he got his first dog, Chilli (a 55 lb. mischievous and hyperactive Terrier Springer Spaniel Mix). When he was 8 years old, he got Midnight (a 60 lb. nervous but peaceful Chow Chow). For the most part, the dogs had been my responsibility until my son was 10, but for the past year, or so, he has tried to take responsibility for everything about the dogs, except walking them (they are strong dogs and Chlli is not very disciplined)....more
@israelslearning Yes, it was an eye opening experience, and in my quest to protect him, I have ...more

Toddler Tricks - 75: Remind Me

This is genius, no lie. Problem: You've told your children you'd do something, and you didn't get a chance to do it. They remember and ask about it, probably none too nicely. Either it's something you really didn't want to do at that time, or you legitimately forgot about it, and now it's too late. Yet you've got a kid or two incensed that you 'went back on your word.'SOLUTION:...more

Learning to Lie

"Mama, I don't have any blueberries left. I ate them all.""Oh, really, do you want more?"As my daughter dissolves into giggles, I realize I've fallen prey to yet another toddler lie. The toddler lie is adorable, but it comes loaded. What do you do with the toddler lie?"Mama, I didn't just go poop in the potty?""Well, that's so strange, since I can smell you from way over here."Another giggle fit. Lying is hilarious fun, isn't it?...more

Postnatal Depression: My Story

I don’t know what’s come over me. I seem to be in a confessional mood. Not content with sharing the details of my birth experience last week, I’m now going to post about postnatal depression too. This is going to be a long post, so bear with me.The benefit of waiting three years is that it I will (hopefully) write about it more coherently than I could have done at the time. In general my mental health is pretty good. ...more

Putting the WAH! in WAHM

So I just got this fantastic new full-time job. It's my dream come true: I spend the day in great company, with smart, funny women who are creative, talented and bracingly honest. I get to use both sides of my brain: strategy and business brain and well as emo/writing/community/build-a-better-world brain. (Woot!) And I get a paycheck every two weeks. (I know, I'm pinching myself.)The other amazing benefit? I get to work from home. Let me tell you how totally amazing this is! ::insert crickets chirping:: ...more
Perfect and eloquent, Stacy, just as one would expect.  I only HOPE one day I can experience all ...more

Lost and Found It

If there is one thing that drives me crazy about being a mother it is picking up after everyone.  And I mean everyone.  My husband. The kids. The dog. And oh yes, me.  But as I'm sure you'll agree, kids are the most frequent offender.  Not a day goes by that I'm not picking up school papers, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, purses, shoes and in our house, socks (you know who you are!) that have been left throughout the house.  ...more

A Short Christmas Visit

My daughter Brittany had a month off over Christmas, but because she works at the hotel in Dillsboro, she was only home for 6 days. Both John and I were ordered to take the 6 days off to play with her and give her undivided attention the whole time. ...more

Raising Bird Watchers?

One of our favorite places to visit is the Nature Center. It's a beautiful place along the river in a forest preserve not far from our house. Huge cages sit in a row along a walking path. Each cage holds one animal that has been rescued and can now longer survive out in the wild. There is a skunk whose scent gland was removed when she was a pet, and a bald eagle who was hit by a car. One of her wings is missing. There is a red-tailed hawk, a barred owl and a Great Horned Owl. ...more

Jobs skills workshops for children/teens with autism

I ran across this piece about the University of Utah's program to help kids with Asperger's/autism  build job skills.In particular, the workshops focus on using the kids' aptitude for visual-spatial thinking, computers and other electronic media.One workshop teaches kids how to use Google's 3D modeling software (called "SketchUp"). It's part of Google's Project Spectrum, which teaches job skills to kids with autism....more

Duck and Cover

It’s 2:30am, and we’d been sleeping sound,When your voice bubbled up and began to surround. You may not know this, but you are almost One,And, hey, silly girl, this crap should be done. You gnawed on some pizza, then you fell asleepAnd here in this house we heard not a peep, ‘Til your tiny mouth opened and started to shriekSo right about now, I just can’t help but freak. We moved you around so you slept all aloneGave you a place you could call your own ...more