It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

My Child Is Loving Sleep Away Camp But I'm Miserable Without Her

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My daughter left for sleep away camp a week and a half ago, and I am nauseous. I am just so sad. I feel like a part of me is missing. And I am paying for this experience! ...more
Depends which kid. No just kidding. Really, just kidding!more

7 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Watching 'Inside Out'

Pixar's newest offering, Inside Out, is pretty darned amazing for the way it suits all ages, offering not just fun, but food for thought. While the audience is privileged to see what's going on in the head of the main character -- an 11-year-old girl named Riley -- her animated parents are not so lucky. They have no idea that Riley is in deep, deep trouble, tumbling head over heels into a bottomless pit of loneliness and indifference. ...more
Sally White Moving sucks period, and especially with little ones. Local parks are a great ...more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY FIVE

On the fifth day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: five bike bell dings———–-------My husband stood in the lobby of the YMCA, trying to get members to sign up as volunteers for a community-outreach event....more

Why I created a Lady Lair and you should too

Nobody backs baby into a…closet? For all you youngins, go watch Dirty Dancing to partially get that reference.     ...more

Fierce

 “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night Dream This kid of mine, she wants to fly....more

It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

Avoiding everything that is cool

When you become a parent, you are instantly not cool anymore. It doesn't matter what type of diaper bag, high-tech stroller or lifestyle you still try to maintain: You have oatmeal in your hair and you are carrying around the tools needed to clean up someone else's poop. (Please stop deluding yourself - you just aren't cool now.) ...more

Happy Birthday Kyle! 14 Years!

Happy Birthday Kyle! 14 Years!Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.  ~Marie Lu...more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY FOUR

On the fourth day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: four flaming worksheets containing words—————————I will not bitch about teachers....more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY ONE

On the first day of Summermas, my middle schooler gave to me: help at the library.-----------------------------------...more

Unconventional Gifts

Unconventional GiftsGood books tell the truth, even when they're about things that never have been and never will be. They're truthful in a different way.  ~Stanisław Lem...more