Worth the Labor

There's nothing like the blustering winds of an "arctic blast" and an unexpected snowstorm to make you want to hunker down, all cozy-like.  That's what's happening here tonight, and Kyle and I've already expressed to each other how much we'll miss that howling sound down our chimney and around the corners of our backyard when we move. We've had an ordinary day today - napping, strolling, grocery-shopping - except for one extraordinary moment of which I'm fixing to tell. ...more

I Called The Cops on My Son

It probably sounds strange that I don’t regret calling the cops on my son, but I don’t. I really don’t. It needed to happen. We called his bluff. It’s been building for years. He doesn’t give a damn about school. He stays in bed watching TV all day. He refuses to get a job. He refuses to do homework. He refuses to do any chores unless we absolutely make him … yet he wants us to hand out money for designer clothes and for him to go places. Um … no! Not just no …. HELL NO!...more
I'm going through the same thing with my son. I feel your pain for sure. I've decided that it's ...more

That Darn Mission Statement*

My left eyelid has been twitching intermittently for two days.  Is it the lice?  Is it the husband being on...more

I can’t sleep, I’ve got Restless Babe Syndrome

I’ve often heard of people not being able to sleep because their legs just want to keep going when their mind wants to drift off.  It’s called Restless Leg Syndrome.  It happens in our home often, eerily timed for when my mind is just on the brink of starry dreams.  The Restless Legs belong to Poppet in what I “lovingly” refer to as Restless Babe Syndrome!...more

Seems Legit

I just came off my third telemarketing phone call today. No, I do not want to further my college education at this point. No, I don't need my kitchen redone. No, I'm not interested in Netflix. We've got one.I don't remember signing up for any of this, but that's the line each caller uses. "We're calling because we received your request for our services."Oh really?And I feel bad because it's not their fault. They're just doing their job, and I'm the jerk who gave them my information....more

Hung Up on Too Many Hugs

My 4y.o. son is Too Darn Affectionate.I’m his mother – so 9 times out of 10 I’m okay with his excessive hugs. But he even drives me crazy … not to mention his brother.   I know what you’re thinking … “but that’s so cute;” “enjoy it while you can;” “what’s so wrong with an affectionate child?”  I may have gone along with you on that – and I have been going along with it. Even when he  .....more

Throw Out the Gold Stars

When I began raising my daughters I was a proponent for the support of self-esteem development to the point of keeping them from situations that could be disappointing.  They received gold stars for making the bed, brushing their hair, being nice to each other. Bad idea.  I am still a believer that self-esteem matters, but my view has changed on how to be supportive, especially now that we are living in a world where everyone, even even your child, is plugged in....more
I agree. Kids need to learn that the reward is in feeling good about doing your best. The gold ...more

NaBloPoMo: Earliest Memory

I am participating in NaBloPoMo this month sponsored by the site, BlogHer.com. Today’s prompt is what is your earliest memory?I have two of them actually and they both are about my dad. ...more

I Have A Dream...The Teenage Solution

When the kids were little I used to point at teenagers and whisper in their ears, “There’s a teenager…aliens inject something in their brains, turning it to liquid, making them act crazy until their brains resolidify in their early to mid 20s.”  I used to think it was hilarious to watch the children look at the teenager wide eyed with a sort of curious trepidation.  One day, while at a community event, my son (at about 4 years old) grabs my arm, points wildly and exclaims for everyone around us to hear, “Look mom!  It’s a teenager!”  The crowd looked at us quizzically,...more

Just a Mom? Yes. Just a Mom, Facebook. Just a Mom.

Have you seen the newest Facebook status meant to buoy stay at home moms up and make themselves feel as if they're worth something?...more