The Struggle to be Present

I haven’t been out of the country since January. A work opportunity popped up in my path unexpectedly and I decided to give it a try. Refusing to completely let go of the consulting business I have built and the teaching opportunities I enjoy, I continue to handle them as well. It has meant long days of labor that span the weekends.I haven’t seen E since he visited in April. When we said goodbye at the airport in St. Louis, we knew his work projects and my new work commitments would prevent us from keeping our every-three-month visit schedule intact. The changes have reverberated even into our daily emails, leaving him unhappy and me feeling guilty.My son leaves for his freshman year of college in two weeks. Some days, I find myself reminiscing about his childhood. On other days – more accurately the nights when he has missed his curfew yet again – I know it is time for him to go. But when I think about the actual logistics of the move, purchasing laundry detergent, shower shoes, pillows and notebooks, tears gather in my eyes....more

Feeling Safe

I’ve been questioning what I think is the best, most important thing to do when raising a child, to encompass the process in a single word....more

For My Next Family Vacation - I'll Leave the Family at Home

My family is leaving for a two-week trip to Greece tomorrow so naturally I have been on the computer all morning trying to find a way to shorten the trip and fly home early.No one really wants to go on this trip – which would have been nice to know before we booked it - but that would have been too easy. Here are some of the complaints I’ve heard so far:-       “It’s going to be soooooo hot.”...more

My daughter, the Key Clubber

My daughter went to represent Montana as a Key Club Member.  This is such a great service organization.  A few of my kids have belonged to the organizatin.  Just had to brag about my daughter, she is a complete ham yes. But takes her reponsibilities serious, she will be a senior in high school.  She went to the International Key Club Convention in Washington D.C., she has been gone for 11 day I drive to the airport tomorrow, 200 miles away.  I will post the details of her adventure tomorrow and the next day....more

Things I Learned Taking My Teen to Ghana, West Africa

Before I had kids I always imagined that my brood would be a globe-trotting one, with summer breaks spent introducing my kids to the rest of the world and vice versa. Now that I actually have kids, I've realized those daydreams were a bit of a stretch -- my two youngest kids would rather stay home unless we're going to their grandparents' homes or Disneyland, and my husband's vacation time allotment, while generous, is not unlimited. But that doesn't mean I can't still wring out the occasional jaunt, which is how I ended up taking my fourteen-year-old daughter to Ghana. ...more
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Pull Your Damn Pants Up

The ‘pants on the ground’ thing is getting old people! Enough already. I just hate it, and I swear every season they just keep getting lower. How did this even become a fashion thing? It just looks so ridiculous, kids walking along the street like they've shit themselves!  Don't they know how stupid they look? I can't help it, I laugh out loud every time. Even Miss Gremlin and Grand Master D point and laugh now....more

Social Media... The Modern Day Big Bad Wolf

Reason #2 Zillion- Why it totally sucks to be a teenager in TODAY'S society-Social networking.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.Everybody has one....more

Word to your mother: The best gift your teen can give without even knowing it

 Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if there’s one holiday that deserves to be celebrated more than once a year, it’s this day....more

Last Letter to My Children

   I really don’t need to be right 100% of the time; it just works out that way.  Remember that old Catherine Deneueve commercial for hair product?...more

"Someone" Is Turning 13. That "Someone" Is Not Me By The Way

So today is a pretty important day in my world. Today, my oldest daughter becomes a teenager. Whaaaaaat?? You so crazy, that can't be possible! Oh yes it is. ...more