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

4 Tested and Proven Ways to Cultivate Gratefulness

Tis the season to be grateful, fa-la-la-la... Or bah humbug! This past year has been a series of tests after tests. Life tests. As we enter the holiday season, I am reflecting on everything that's happened this past year: health concerns for both my husband and myself, having Tween Girl gone for an entire month during the summer, College Boy being back home for the summer. All of those things were a handful, I made it through the anxiety and depressing feelings. ...more

From My Bookshelf...

So ... I know that I've ...more

Go Panthers!

Last Saturday night, I casually mentioned to Ian that I saw two lower-level tickets for sale to the Panthers game the following day. I still thought the ticket prices were outrageous, but he said "BUY THEM!" We already had a sitter lined up -- we originally planned to try to buy game tickets, then decided to watch the game at a bar instead since the 9-0 record had ticket prices running so high. Ultimately we decided that we wouldn't miss the money but the experience would be well worth it ....more

Letter to My Unborn Child…

Dear Baby Pancakes 2.0, I have always wanted you and knew that you would join our family. You are joining a pretty awesome family. ...more

Wifey Wednesday: How Do We Manage Expectations About Sex?

Expectations about sex can seriously affect our enjoyment of marriage. It’s Wednesday, the day when we always talk marriage! I introduce a topic, and then you all can link up at the bottom with your own marriage posts ....more

Thanksgiving Tips!

I'm hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and ironically enough I've been sick for the past week, which has made a sport out of prepping. Happy to say that I'm starting to feel better and beyond thankful that my mom came into town yesterday to help me finish up grocery shopping and is here to tell me what the hell to do with all this food.Here's some Thanksgiving links from The Kitchn to help you along your way too. Source Thanksgiving Music Playlist...more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Over The River And Through The Words

Most people are getting ready for Thanksgiving They're cooking and baking and cleaning and decorating They're meeting relatives at the airport And wondering if they bought enough yams Me, I'll be sitting here with a keyboard And a Turkey Lean Cuisine Trying to take advantage of all this kid-free time To hammer out a small portion of the writing I need to do Because I'm a writer, you know And a very, very thankful one at that Pass the salt and pepper And I'll try not to get any gravy on the keyboard ....more

What makes you happy, makes me happy

It's funny how things my kids look forward to become things I look forward to. From the first week of school, Connor wanted to bring Curious George home. The day that finally happened, he was so happy and so was I ....more

Buy More, Save More || The Big Shopbop Sale!

Black Friday came a bit early this week, in the way of an AMAZING sale over at Shopbop, which just happens to be one of my go-to destinations for goodies this holiday season!...more

Still going

When I first starting drafting a book I was like weeeeeeeeeeeeee write every week! Which, admittedly, wasn't ideal but it was at least something.I've stalled out lately since I'm waiting on some outside sources to supplement my own information. And I used that as an excuse to completely step away from writing for a while ....more