Dear College Admissions Counselors,
Don’t worry, I’m not trying to make a plea for my kid to get into your school. I am submitting an application for you to complete for my consideration of your school.
See, if I’m going to sell myself to the ...more
“We can be friends on the bus, but not at school.”
My eight-year-old and her friends have already started experiencing the mean girl mentality. I have witnessed girls slowly turning on one another on the playground as well as in the backseat of my ...more
I find myself outside the men’s bathroom, staring down every man that enters and counting every one that leaves. I am not ready for this. I did not prepare. I did not see it coming, although I probably should have.
I am the proud mom of two ...more
Brenda Rothman is a refreshing source of compassion and practical advice in the autism parenting online world. I frequently check in with her blog, Mama Be Good, for ideas about fostering healthy family relationships, encouraging understanding, and ...more
I have been working part-time for the past five years. Why? Since my kids were born, I haven’t been able to commit 100% to the world of the "Working Women." I’m now part of the “Mommy World,” which means very long hours, no pay, lots of sacrifice, ...more
Although the youngest of my three children will soon be 19, and there are still days of the down and dirty teen years challenging us every now and again, I am fairly confident that we are almost out of the woods.
I've been practicing basketball with my son. This is the equivalent of saying that Paris Hilton is your math tutor. The chances of advancement are slim to none.
I'm not afraid to say out loud, the kid is the worst one on his team. It's six-year-olds playing in a no-score game. Being the worst one is saying a lot. They're all terrible, but he's worse. He's very good at running back and forth on the court. Other than that, it's just not his game....more
A lot of people say that having a dog is good preparation for being a parent. Well, I acquired my dependents a different order and I have to say that the reverse is true as well. I don’t like to think of my children as guinea pigs, but they did do an excellent job of breaking me in to become a dog owner.
I’ve never owned a dog before and was never very interested in the idea. But exactly one year ago this week, my life was forever changed when a former colleague of mine posted this on Facebook:
Reposted from 3/9/12 My brother was kind enough to write up a few REAL ideas for bracket strategy. I think he's spot on, until he starts knocking the mascot method, but whatever.......Thanks Scott!! Okay okay ....more
I’m not a fan of baby showers. When I was pregnant I was asked if I was going to have one but as I’m not a fan I also decided not to be a hypocrite and therefore decided not to have one. I’d already been overwhelmed with the generosity of people and had most of the stuff I would need so I thought it would be greedy of me to also have a baby shower ....more
It’s a little before midnight on St. Patrick’s Day Eve. Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays as I get to celebrate my Irish heritage.Except lately I’ve been feeling some guilt over this holiday. The same guilt I feel at Christmas and Easter and every time one of my kids loses a tooth. It’s liar’s remorse. You see, we jumped on the Paddy-wagon and started setting leprechaun traps in my house three years ago, and with that tradition came a lot of lying, and a lot of guilt....more
It won't be long 'til summer is back. I mean, tomorrow's forecast is predicted to be 74 degrees. Our boat is in the shop getting detailed out the yang, get-bikini-ready is in full effect and I'm scouring pinterest for the perfect summer perfectness, ya know what I mean? ...more
Over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall, I dared you all to do something. This was my post: I dare you to, right this second, ask your small child (if you have one) what is the number one thing you could do better as a parent and post their word for word answer here! I didn’t know what to expect, but your answers had me rollin’ ....more
A few weeks ago I wrote about ways to get girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, and I wrote about how I was keen to make sure that The Pea realizes how many opportunities there are in those fields, should she choose to pursue them. ...more
I hate to sound overly dramatic, but I am devastated that Spring Break is over. Now we face the weeks ahead where it will still be dark outside as I make ham sandwiches to put in Caroline’s lunch. And the worst is that I have to act totally enthusiastic about the whole thing because I have to offset Caroline’s lack of excitement about re-entering the world of alarm clocks and homework ....more