5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
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Why We Still Need Diverse Books: Lemony Snicket Author's Series of Unfortunate, Racist Jokes

This is why we can’t have diverse books. ...more
The fact that he could be so blasé and deliver that obviously planned out speech shows the ...more

My Daughter Is Her Own Girl

While my eyes catch the bubbly, outgoing gals enjoying their friends in the school pick up line, my 7th grade daughter is standing off to the side, alone. She is a total introvert. In many ways, her anti-social behavior breaks my heart because she has a lot to offer, but it doesn't seem to bother her. She shows up to school wearing capri pants with Van Gogh themed knee high socks, Dr. Who t-shirt, turquoise Converse, and Harry Potter buttons on her backpack strap. She has her own style. ...more
KathyRadigan Thank you Kathy!  I truly hope you are right.  Thank you for your kind encouragement!more

Thanksgiving and Teens

Here's I sit, getting ready for Thanksgiving (and by "getting ready," I mean watching "Friends" on DVD, eating my 2nd Lunchable, and tweaking my blog), I am thinking about what I am thankful for this holiday season.  Some of the things aren't very traditional, but I am thankful for them, nonetheless: (for quick reference:)D - 17 yr old autistic sonC- 16 year old son (junior)A -15 yr old daughter (sophomore)J - 15 yr old daughter (freshman) ...more

How to make your parents happy – an easy guide for teenagers

OK teenagers,  I have compiled a list of 7 easy things you can do to help make your momma’s lives easier....more

It's a Thanksgiving Miracle!

The Thanksgiving season is usually not considered the time of miracles and yet something miraculous happened yesterday. Not the miracle of weeping icons or spontaneous healing, mind you, but miraculous just the same.Let me back up.My 18-year-old, college freshman came home for Thanksgiving break last night and within 45 minutes our battle for control began.And, no, the miracle is not that it didn’t happen sooner.After several hugs for the dog, a couple quick hugs for me, and a discussion about laundry he disappeared into his room....more
Oh my gosh, I feel your pain, and mine haven't even left the nest yet.  I still have a year or ...more

No Sparkly Shoes for You

I spent hours today trying to find black pants for Erin. Hours, because they couldn’t be black jeans, black leggings or black khakis. They had to be black “dress” pants that “cover the ankles.” Then we had to find a plain black headband, and plain black, closed toed shoes. No sparkles or buckles or straps. Plain, black shoes....more

Natalie Merchant Ate My Blog Post

Natalie Merchant ate my blog post.Okay, okay. Not really. But kind of. See, this is what happened: I’d planned on being a good little blogger, and had resigned myself to a Saturday night spent with my editorial calendar. I imaged there might be wine, andGilmore Girls looping on Netflix, just for added fun. I aimed big: not only that I’d not only get Saturday’s post done, but that I’d get posts planned out for the entire week....more

Teen/Tween Gift Guide for Girls

Teen/Tween Gift Guide for Girls When I was pregnant I was convinced I would have girls, but luckily for me I was blessed with two incredibly easy boys....more

I Like the Night Life

...no, I don't like to boogie.  Actually, yes I do.  I love to dance.  Granted, I dance as well as I sing, and know that I can't sing.  Like, at all.  So there you go.  I have always liked to dance....more

"You Don't Understand High School Talk"

*originally posted on my blog, Nov 8, 2014  I've been tweaking and networking my blog. HEY!  Is that where they got the word "twerking?" Well, in my mommy world, that's what it's going to mean. Speaking of slang, the other day, my 16 year old son sent me a picture on SnapChat (I hate that app, but will not soapbox it just yet!), with the caption "Chem squad feat bae and teach." What the ever-loving hell was that?...more
I suck as a parent Snapchat seems so dumb to me, and they laugh at me for screenshotting ...more

5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
femininecollective You're welcome.more