Don't Make This Horrible Parenting Mistake

When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a singer. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be an actress. And when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. As I entered my teen years, my ideas of what I wanted to be varied each year, but ...more

Where's the Eject Button?

Some days I wish motherhood came equipped with a big red EJECT button for when things get really hairy. On those days I’d just mash that sucker and watch the flaming wreckage of my crappy day plummet back to Earth while I drift ever so gently down ...more

You Are Welcome Here

To the girl who will one day date my son: You are interested in someone very precious to me. My world turned right side up the day he came into my life and has never been the same since. When I look at him, all I see is a flashback reel full of baby ...more

Your Kid Came Out... Now What?

Step 1: Take a deep breath. OMG, right? Big news. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe you suspected this was coming. But you should still breathe anyway because you need do that to keep being alive. So this step applies no matter what. Get some oxygen into ...more

Why Volunteering for the PTA Is Like Donating a Kidney

I have just returned home from our school’s first “PTA” meeting. I am feeling a bit mortified, really, at the way I behaved. I may have offended some people, and this was my first time meeting all the “middle school” parents. It's just that, having ...more

The Real Reasons Parents Love Internet Lists

When I say I love a list, I'm definitely not talking Grocery or To-Do. (Those are illegibly scrawled on scrap paper you inevitably throw out so you feel less guilty about forgetting everything on them.) I'm talking the new wave of Internet information provided in beautiful bite-sized segments that all parents can jump in and out of lickety-split. Because we all know the days of being curled up in a window seat under a fresh stack of fragrant new books, as sunbeams dance across pages of essays and 1400+ wild word musings arelong gone. ...more

Parenting Kids With Disabilities: How to Get Through Tough Times

When parents like me talk about our kids with disabilities and intense support needs, we have to be thoughtful. We need to make it quite clear that our kids are much-loved and very awesome human beings. We should never, ever state or imply that any challenges we face as a parent are our children's fault. We need to handle their privacy with delicacy. And we shouldn't accidentally enable disrespect towards children who are already too-frequent magnets for morbid fascination, and pity....more
@lauranne agreed, and that's why we need to help parents get Bette informed about *available* ...more

How Did You Handle It When Your Son Told You He Had a Girlfriend?

My 12-year-old started his second year of middle school — his first year alone without his big brother, who has moved on to high school. I listened to him share stories about his classes, his friends, the clubs he joined. One day to my surprise he called me with some news. Image: damo1977...more
BlogHer it did :)more

10 Things to Say the Trick-or-Treaters Dressed as Elsa

Warning!They’re coming.Not the walking dead. Or the Boy Scouts with their popcorn.No, the Elsas are coming. All 5,082,367 of them.How do I know there will be so many of them? A couple weeks ago I took my daughter, 7, to a Halloween event. And then I almost lost her. That’s because she as well as ever other girl under age 10 were dressed as Elsa from Frozen....more

Operation Christmas Child Interview

I participated in Operation Christmas Child for the first time last year through my local church.  My family thoroughly enjoyed giving back through this organization.  All three of my boys loved picking out items for their shoe box; they each colored a picture and my oldest included information about himself in his box.  It was a great way for them to actively participate in giving back. A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to interview a young lady who received a shoe box when she was only 6 or 7 years old.  It was such a pleasure to sp...more

Cancer Can't Take A Joke

Several years ago, my sister was diagnosed with cancer—Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.If ever there was a time to vehemently deny the title of this blog and the notion that Life Is Funny (even when it’s not), it was at this moment. Life wasn’t funny and I didn’t think it ever would be again. I was devastated by her diagnosis.It was my closest dealing with the c-monster and I was terrified of the unknown and heartbroken that it was her—my very own sister—who was stricken with the unpredictable and vengeful disease....more

My education ruined my relationship with my mom

“We got dressed to go to the gym, but decided to put our house on the market instead,” my mother casually delivered this news to me on the phone and across the 1100 miles that now separate us. She was in the middle of preparing dinner; I was in the middle of a powerwalk.I always talk to my mother in transit. It is my way of multitasking, and she despises it. (Of course, preparing dinner while on the phone with me is the only acceptable version of multitasking, if she even acknowledges it as multitasking in the first place.)...more

5 Outdoor activities our Highly Sensitive Child loves

A few years ago, when my 5 year old was just an infant, I didn't know many things. I knew some, but not many. One of the things I was sure of from the very beginning was the fact that my baby loved being outside. Whenever he got restless and cranky after I had tried everything to comfort him, taking him outside for some fresh air always did the trick.Another thing I was certain of was that my son didn't like to be around too many people at once, and he became inconsolable if there was too much noise where we were....more

Muddy Puddles

Blame Peppa Pig, but my boy loves muddy puddles.I spotted the puddle the minute we walked onto the field. Linus’ eyes lit up, but he didn’t let on that he noticed it. Playing with his siblings, I saw his eyes dart over a few times. I imagine he was concocting a way to maneuver closer....more

Old School Memes. Represent.

It is always fun to learn a downfall of another person, so I’ll admit something for you guys: I didn’t actually know what “meme” meant. Maybe I did know at some point, but when I thought about it…I realized I couldn’t describe exactly what it was.  I think I have always used the term to describe an icon or an avatar, honestly.  Like a kind of visual metaphor: it describes something....more

The Reluctant Night Owl: A Special Needs Poem

I can't sleepI desperately want to be able to sleepI am not a night owlI can't get comfyIf I lie on my right side I get a kink like a charlie horse in my right hipIf I lie on my left side my left shoulder hurts...more

If Babies Could Speak

Time for a laugh with humourous quips added to baby photos....more