How to Be Cool

We will make it...I think...I hope...

I have some very sweet friends that are in the midst of new parenting or parenting of little's and I know that they are struggling.  Dear ones I NEED you to hear my words.  I know KNOW that you are exhausted from sleepless nights.  You can't remember the last time you actually showered where you did more than jump in and out.  You permanently have some type of bodily fluid on your clothes. You feel as if you never have adult conversations.  You don't remember what your husband actually looks like....more

Communication! Keep Me Posted!

Communication!  Keep Me Posted!In the absence of information, everyone assumes the worst.  ~Robert McClelland...more

My Husband Is A Great Big Brother To Our Son

My husband knocks on the car window, and our son turns as he’s walking toward the school. My husband waves; my son waves back, then turns toward the school again. He takes a couple steps, and my husband knocks on the car window again. Our son stops, turns to look at his dad waving again and shakes his head. Then a smile spreads across his face and he wriggles his fingers at him and turns back toward the school. “What was that for?” I ask. If our son was six, and on his way into elementary school, it would have been cute, but he’s fourteen and in middle school. ...more
That's so sweet!   Preparing kids for life's embarrassments must be a guy thing.  My husband ...more

Seven Tips for Teaching Your Teen to Drive

One day, you find yourself on the wrong side of the car. And your rightful place, the seat behind the wheel, is occupied by your eager teen. Not only that, you have just voluntarily given her the car keys. Rules on teenage driving vary from state to state, but not matter how the law handles that transition, even after twenty lessons with a driving school, and even after having passed the road test, you still end up with one green driver at the wheel. Your wheel. ...more

6 Slang Words I Actually LIKE!

A few posts ago, I wrote about high school slang.  My kids are all in high school now, and they will be the first to say that I am the nerdiest mom in the world (whatevs).  I was thinking, though, that some high school words that they use today really describe that I want to say, in way fewer words!...more

Program Your Teen to Eat Healthy

When it comes to preparing nutritional meals for children, teens are the hardest to cater to. With their increased independence they often skip family meals and opt for fast food over healthy home-made meals. It is more fun to eat out with friends. Junk food is fun...more

Mother Served Alcohol To 13 Year Olds – Part 2

She Bacame Addicted To Meth If you didn’t read Part 1, we moved and then things got worse. (Part 1 here) We moved for her father’s job and to get her out of that town, away from Heroin. For the first few weeks she stayed home and was looking into going to college! Then she got lonely and bored. So she went out one night. She met the worst possible people she could! People around this town are on Meth. I mean, a lot of them! It turned out to be one of the worst places for that drug! We couldn’t believe it. It was devastating!...more

Who's Raising Who? Fourteen Years Of Being A Mom

 "And you can tell everybody this is your songIt may be quite simple but now that it's doneI hope you don't mindI hope you don't mind that I put down in wordsHow wonderful life is while you're in the world"-Elton John, Your SongMy brother died 10 days before my wedding. I was caught between suffocating despair and the happy prospect of marrying the man I love. But I didn't think I'd ever feel pure joy again. I couldn't imagine joy in a world without my brother....more

Why some parental decisions get rebuffed

This post first appeared on Mona Andrei's personal blog, Moxie-Dude.When people first meet me they’re always surprised by my age. If you don’t know me in real life, I’m pulling 40.Note from the Hamster: Liar! You’re pushing 50!Then they’re surprised to find out that I’m a mother to four kids – two in their mid to late 20s and two teenagers....more