I Just Need 21 Days For This to Stick (Beyoncé Told Me So)

It was our great philosopher in a bowler hat, Boy George, who said it best when he sang: Time won't give me time. It's one of those hard truths working mothers (hell, all mothers!) know too well.And for us WAHMs ... listen. The juggle is real.  ...more

In Adoption, Love Means Never Having to Say You're Grateful

“Thank you for being my mother.” “Yeah, thanks.” “Thank you.”  ...more

The Day I Met My Son

Yes, you read that title correctly: I now have a son ... This story started a long time ago. Decades. It begins with my sister. She and I never really got along. As a child I idolised her. She found me annoying. She was popular, gorgeous and ...more

One Mom's Honest Reaction to Her Son Coming Out as Gay

Originally written on October 7, 2015. I had no answer to the question. I didn't think I'd need one. So let's backtrack a little bit: A little over 15 years ago, our first, beautiful baby boy was born. We couldn't wait for him to talk. Then ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Do You Really Need to Know Why They're Crying? (Spoiler: Nope.)

New parents have it rough sometimes. Babies cry -- a lot. I've often found myself thinking it'd be so much easier if my little one could just tell me why she's upset. Then I could fix the problem and everything would be wonderful, right? Wrong. ...more

5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
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What Kinds of Therapies Actually Help Autistic Kids?

At two-and-a-half, my autistic son spoke more often than several other kids in his regional center-funded speech and language class. Two years later, several of those kids talked non-stop, whereas my son continued to speak only occasionally, and mostly kept his own counsel. We parents of those kids constantly compared notes, as parents of autistic kids often do, about the differences in our kids' speaking abilities. Which different therapies and interventions were our kids receiving? How did they make a difference, and why? ...more
The three paragraphs about ABA are very wrong. We sometimes focus on compliance because that's ...more

Make Us Thankful

My dad had a theory that you could measure how Baptist a person was by counting the number of times they said “Just” while asking the blessing before a big meal. Like this would score pretty high on the Baptist-o-meter: (with every head bowed and every eye closed) Lord, we just ask that you just […] ...more

The Enemy of Gratitude

Guest post by Arlene Pellicane What’s the enemy of gratitude? In one word: Indulgence. When our kids ask us for a new train set, video game, or doll, and we march straight for the cash register, we are teaching them something ....more

What's Up Wednesday? Holiday Edition

Joining up with my girl...more

Riding on empty & the 50th Day of Kindergarten

I’m riding around on empty right now, and tomorrow is going to be a little bit of Crazy Town over here. The kids are off school, but I’m working, and I think most of the snow’s going to be melted soon. I normally rejoice over the melting of the snow, but it was such an amazing way for them to get outside this weekend that I’m lamenting that tomorrow I might be saying, “Go play outside” and welcoming mud-covered munchkins back into the house ....more

Twin Cities Experience Gift Guide 2015

I am all about experience gifts for Christmas. I just, as I’ve said a few dozen times before, don’t think kids need a lot of toys and hate the idea of buying something that gets tossed aside a week after Christmas and never played with again. That’s why we really try to focus on opportunities for experiences ....more

Don't mind me - I'm just in a pissy mood. As usual.

I have a cardiology appointment tomorrow morning because apparently I'm at that age where my body is trying to kill me and my brain is too stupid to know what the fuck to do with this mess so it give... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

And the verdict is....

I will be in the DC area until at least December 10th after discussions with the powers that be (doctors, MED, etc.). I can say that I while I was initially nervous and stressed about the medevac, I think after yesterday's doctor's appointment, I feel much better about staying in the area a bit longer. ...more

Black Friday Strategy - Deals for the "Need" List

Ok, let's talk Black Friday. I tend to shop for myself at a fairly low price point - Old Navy, Target, are my jam. Sadly, even my Nordstrom purchases are in the entry level price point (my Tom's booties are less than $100) and all of my make up junkie friends are usually shocked at how long I go before replacing or replenishing my make up bag ....more

Four Books I’ve Been Reading

I reached my goal! I set a goal on Goodreads to read 45 books in 2015; I’m currently on my forty-eighth book of the year. Today, I want to tell you about my four...more

It’s Late

It’s 8:30pm which means it’s super late. Super late. Like I should’ve been in bed an hour ago late ....more