10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Beauty

I've been having a lot of conversations on looks and fashion with my ten-year-old daughter recently. She is not only at the age where she is beginning to notice these kinds of things, but is also standing on the edge of puberty and interest in boys. It is a very tricky time to say the least. So when a friend suggested the blog prompt 10 Things I Know to Be True, I decided to dedicate this post to her. ...more
Pecked2DeathByChckns Thanks! Good luck with your sweet four year old. It really does start ...more

How Not to Be That Mom on College Move In Day

The college experience is a big deal for everyone in the family, it evokes change on every member of a household. The younger sibling who no longer shares the bathroom or has the comfort of knowing her sister is just in the next room at night. he dad who is used to catching the football games with his son. The mom who has devoted every ounce of her being to raising her child and micro-managing outfits, tasks, and chores. But the overall college experience belongs to the student. College Move-in day (and college in general) is not about you! ...more
This is still some way away for me but I can already feel the tears prickling - very determined ...more

5 Ways I Made My Daughters Cry in One Day

For as long as I have had children, people have commented about the hormones that were one day going to invade my home. I have always laughed it off, because it seemed so very far off in the distance. And although I listened to other parents talk about how at age nine their daughters started to change—a little bit more attitude, a little bit more tears, a little more moody—I didn’t take it very seriously. Because like most parents do, I chose denial as my force field, telling myself that my kids were different. I was different. Our journey would be different. ...more
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So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

If you asked him, he would agree. A week after High School graduation and he was ready to move on. Just skip over all the sentimental bull crap that all of us parents need to work through. Catharsis. All of our lamenting about what to watch out for, how to stay out of trouble and keep focused. You know the moments where you remember your parents telling you the same thing. But we still give the advice. As if it was new.“I’ll be fine and just cause you think I’ll make the same mistakes as you, doesn’t mean I will.”...more

When The Doctor Says The Word "Tumor" And Your Child Is The One He's Talking About, The Whole World Spins

My daughter has a tumor.Calm down, now. Breathe.It's not as bad as it sounds....hopefully. The nurse (and the internet) reassured me that this tumor is most likely benign, and these types of tumors are found in people under 30, especially if they're younger and still growing. They'll biopsy it to be sure, of course.Of course.My daughter's tumor is on her femur and it may or may not be the cause of the leg pain that took us to the doctor in the first place....more

Yes and No

“Really, mom? It’s not like it’s the first time I’m leaving. Isn’t it easier now than it was last year?”That question came up as we talked about your move…six days and counting, now. You’d think it would be old hat by now, wouldn’t you, son? I love that you apply your stoic logic to matters of the mama heart, and if I remove myself for a second and look at it through clearer eyes, I can agree with you and see how silly I must look, my nose turning Rudolph red as my new companion, called ‘the ugly cry,’ crashes our party again....more

I forgot to Mention one thing, when I talked about the Birds and the Bees!

 I forgot to go over one thing when I spoke to my daughter, about the birds and the bees. Pubic hair! Okay, don't get me wrong, I wasn't even aware I had to, but things have changed since the 70's. You know what I am talking about ladies, when pubic hair was, let me just say, a whole other animal! ...more

Teaching a Tween to Cook without the Easy Bake Oven

Last night, my lovely 10 year-old daughter made dessert.  In her Easy Bake Oven.  Delicious it was not.  My husband and I, being fantastic parents, ate the dessert she prepared.  We agreed it was passed time to teach her how to cook with real food and ingredients.  Today I embarked on teaching my tween how to cook without her light-bulb fueled oven.  We chose a chocolate cake and frosting.  To me it seemed a win-win choice because it's dessert and chocolate.  How could we lose?...more

The Protector

I was riding the ferry with my younger brother, on our way to see our Mom who lived on an island.  A boy, one with a reputation of being a tough-guy bully kept poking fun at my brother.I was a shy, little thing.  I never spoke to anyone unless they spoke to me first.  I was meek and anxious.  I sat there, pretending I didn’t hear the bully’s words....more

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Beauty

I've been having a lot of conversations on looks and fashion with my ten-year-old daughter recently. She is not only at the age where she is beginning to notice these kinds of things, but is also standing on the edge of puberty and interest in boys. It is a very tricky time to say the least. So when a friend suggested the blog prompt 10 Things I Know to Be True, I decided to dedicate this post to her. ...more
Pecked2DeathByChckns Thanks! Good luck with your sweet four year old. It really does start ...more

DysFUNctional Family of the Year

Warning: Offensive LanguageThis epically long sibling Facebook thread throw-down wins the DysFUNctional Family of the Year award....more

Letter to my Daughters: 10 Reasons Not to Have Sex in High School

By hook or by crook I graduated high school a virgin and am grateful I did.Not because I didn't have to worry about pregnancy or STDs (although that was certainly a plus) and not because I thought it ensured me a place in heaven sitting at Jesus's right hand, but mostly because no one could judge me or call me a slut....more

If your son (or daughter) plays football, read this - Part 2

I'm not a huge football fan but I have a son that wants to play football when he's older. I'm trying to convince my husband that we need to encourage another sport. (Not that any are perfectly safe, but let's be honest: football is at the top of the list for concussions, and my son's brain is the part I'm most worried about!)So, as usual, I'm going to summarize a medical article so you can get the most important parts:...more