Ask First: How to Respect Your Child's Privacy Online

How am I any different from her friends? I share intimate details of her life, post her humorous comments and photos, both on my blog and on social media. I rationalize (I'm great at rationalization) that with Facebook it is friends and family who know her and enjoy her. Yet I am conflicted. I am beyond careful with what I share about my husband knowing how he feels about social media and the internet. (Hint: he thinks the internet was invented by Satan and Facebook by Satan's minions.) But I'm not as careful when it comes to my kids. ...more
It's funny. For me it was an aha moment when I realized how quick I am to share. Now I find ...more

What to Do When Your Tween Wakes Up Grumpy

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My pre-teen daughter wakes up so grumpy every morning....more

I Gave My Daughter Her First Joint

[Editor's Note: Today is National Pot Smoker's Day. As more and more states legalize marijuana, situations like this will just keep happening. What's your opinion? Tell us in the comments. - Rita]...more
Maybe... just maybe the 14 year old daughter should not have know that her mother and father ...more

Young Love

My ten year old daughter recently let me know that she had her first crush on a boy.  The crush only lasted three days, after which, she returned to being her old “pre-crush” self, which means she continued pretending to be a cat, reading some of her favorite books, and generally acting like boys have cooties again....more

Why Older People Drive So Slow, I Finally Get It

  I am one of those people who can be an impatient driver, especially when I am behind someone (usually elderly) who is going slightly below the speed limit with their turn signal incessantly blinking.But recently I have developed this theory of why the elderly drive so cautiously....more

Ask First: How to Respect Your Child's Privacy Online

How am I any different from her friends? I share intimate details of her life, post her humorous comments and photos, both on my blog and on social media. I rationalize (I'm great at rationalization) that with Facebook it is friends and family who know her and enjoy her. Yet I am conflicted. I am beyond careful with what I share about my husband knowing how he feels about social media and the internet. (Hint: he thinks the internet was invented by Satan and Facebook by Satan's minions.) But I'm not as careful when it comes to my kids. ...more
It's funny. For me it was an aha moment when I realized how quick I am to share. Now I find ...more

12 Things you need to stop saying. Like now!

young too you know!They don’t give a juicy goose’s fart that you were once young. That thought has not even entered their hormonal head; you were born middle age to them. They don’t care to think about you as a teenager that’s way too awkward.2. When I was young we ...more

Conversations with awesome women: Dani Gagnon of Guitars for Girls

 (All photos and video courtesy KINK)...more

This is the Life

The first warm day of spring! The kids and I go on nature walks often, but this time was really special. Finally, the cold dark winter days are behind us. Seriously, does life get any better than this? ...more

What to Do When Your Tween Wakes Up Grumpy

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My pre-teen daughter wakes up so grumpy every morning....more

Should We Be Applauding the Baltimore Mom Who Beat Her Rioting Son?

Am I the only person in America who is having a little problem with this? Image Credit: WMAR Please understand, I am NOT bashing this mother. I am sure she loves her son and was concerned for his safety and his future. I'm not accusing her of abuse, or saying that her parenting caused her son to be a rioter, or advocating that he be removed from her care....more
SamanthaLily Thanks, Samantha.  You put it well and succinctly!more

Embracing Individuality and Self-Expression

The young girl depicted in Blonde Streak and Other Good Girl Stories embraced individuality and self-expression. How does anyone learn self-expression and to be the person you want to be?These are the themes I explored in these short stories of family life and growing up. One of the areas that compelled me to write this book was to explore what it is like to be honest with yourself.Having loving parents and learning the morals and values every child deserves will make a huge different in a person's life....more

I wonder....

Having a conversation with friends the other night (okay a Facebook thread/conversation) we realized how horrible we are at taking compliments. It started simply, one friend complimented another. We all added our own accolades to her. She got overwhelmed and immediately put up barriers on why she was not worthy of our compliments. Just about every woman I know repeats this behavior....more
Just say thank you - that's all we have to say. No excuses, no brushing it off. You deserve all ...more