Thing Ramen Noodles Can Teach Parents

I recently got to introduce my son to one of my favorite college food staples: Ramen Noodles. I watched him marveling at the length of the noodles, giggling as he dangled ribbons of noodles over his mouth, waiting to catch them and slurp them up in ...more

Please Teach Your Kids About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will ...more

Say No to Visitors, New Moms!

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's ...more

Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13 years old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged ...more

Did I Lose Myself to Motherhood?

I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital ...more

It's Hard to Be the New Mom at School

It's September. The flip flops have been unceremoniously discarded in the corner, the bathing suits and beach towels safely stowed until next year, and the air is crackling with the excitement of this new school year. For us, it’s been extra special, as the kids are in their first year of public school after being cyber schooled for the last five years....more
Try being the clueless dad trying to fit in with all of the moms taking kids to school.   I feel ...more

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents....more
#2 doesn't bother me but #4 does!!!!!!!more

Your Bag Won't Always Be This Heavy, Mom

My sister Nancy tells the story about a time when her boys were under two years old and, as mothers of young children often do to keep from going insane, she visited a friend. Besides her two sons, Nancy brought along with her a backpack she carried in lieu of a diaper bag. It featured many convenient compartments and was not covered in ducklings or whales as were most diaper bags in the late nineties. ...more
MidlifeMixtape So glad your daughter is ok! It is really scary to have a medical's ...more

So Tell Us, Ellie - Why Do You Blog?

I ran into a friend this weekend and she had a buddy along, so of course, she introduced me and then she told the buddy I was a blogger. Like, a real-live "she does it almost every day" kind of blogger. In her mind, I'm a minor celebrity in the Blogosphere because I blog for Woman's Day and also have my very own webpage ....more

Me, Mother Earth and zombies

I have to admit — for the past few years, I’ve had absolutely no belief that human beings will be on this planet in a hundred years. ...more

What To Do, What To Do...

My Gram wanted to see updated pictures of our house, so she turned to my blog and GUESS WHAT????No recent pictures...see, I'm struggling. We've reached the point where I could show you pictures of the almost...more

Random Stories

Whenever I talk to my mom, I am always telling her little stories of funny things the kids have done. I don’t always have pictures of these things so I tend to not post about them. My mom reminded me that I will want these things written down someday to use as blackmail to bring back memories ....more

Naked Celebs

Yes, we’ve tried to remain above the frey. Lofty goals and higher ground and all that. But then I’m reminded that this is Apt ....more

How much do you know about Mesothelioma?

A few weeks ago, over a series of emails, I met...more

Red Gold’s 2-A-Day Crock Pot Giveaway!

Here starts the fourth week of school and for many of us, a better attempt at dinner. I don’t know about you but planning ahead is my biggest issue. If I think about it and plan it, dinner time is awesome ....more

Homework in kindergarten? I vote no

It's 8:30 pm and most six year olds are fast asleep.  My six year old is still up finishing her homework. That's right. My daughter's school starts homework in kindergarten.  Never mind that she can't read the directions to the homework.  I get that the teacher is trying to get parents involved with their children's education.  I don't have a problem with that.  What I do have a problem with is that no one in my household except for me remembers this homework. ...more

A Book and A Craft: Where the Wild Things Are

Our bedtime story for the past month or so has been "Where the Wild Things Are" By Maurice Sendak. He is the best author/illustrator and we are also BIG fans of his series "Little Bear." Little Bear is often our bedtime show... (Can you tell we're creatures of habit? ...more

Happy Autumn