Mom of Teen With Down Syndrome Cautiously Celebrates DS Model Madeline Stuart

"I don't want Down syndrome," my 12-year-old daughter, D'Andra, told me one hot summer day. "I want it to go away, Mom," she said. I shook my head and told her that I couldn't tell an extra monochrome to disappear....more
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It's Almost Time for Summer Break! Oh No!

It is almost that time. The school year is winding down. My favorite time of year is right around the corner. I experience these feelings every year. As a stay-at-home mother summer means that I get to spend many warm days with my four children. We talk and laugh and frolic barefooted through the fields of tall green grass. Stopping to take a moment to lie on our backs, on the warm earth and stare up at the blue sky as the white, fluffy clouds float past... (Insert here that sound of a record being scratched by a needle.)...more

How Kate Winslet Taught Me I'm Not Showing My Daughters the Right Things About Body Image

Recently, I’ve started to see my daughters’ bodies changing. Not quite puberty yet, but a little rounder here, a little curvier there. Yep, it’s almost time to have “the talks” in my house. I’ve done my best to protect their body images. I never talk about diet, although they rarely see me eat bread or pasta (seriously, goes right to my hips), try not to complain (to them) about the wrinkles and sags, and never complain when my jeans feel too tight. ...more
Great post. It's funny, but in the end our children are more likely to become who we are than to ...more

Mom of Teen With Down Syndrome Cautiously Celebrates DS Model Madeline Stuart

"I don't want Down syndrome," my 12-year-old daughter, D'Andra, told me one hot summer day. "I want it to go away, Mom," she said. I shook my head and told her that I couldn't tell an extra monochrome to disappear....more
@YesDearBlog BlogHer Thank you!more

Rites of Passage

It’s funny, the things you remember about adolescence.When I was in fifth or sixth grade we learned about the process of menstruation via educational video in health class. Other kids giggled and squirmed. I fell off my desk, passed out cold....more

6 years

6 years.  He has spent 6 years in elementary school.  He went in as a little boy.  Scared to go to "big school".  Shy.  Not sure about it all.  About all those rules.  And writing.  And learning.And now?He graduated 5th grade.HE GRADUATED 5TH GRADE!I didn't embarrass him by crying.  I 'might' have passed a tear, but kept it under wraps.This kid is generous, kind, witty.He's a scientist, thinker, dreamer.He complains about the things he has NO interest in.  Repeatedly....more

Taking that first (legal) drink

At a recent happy hour with my coworkers, we started talking about our 21st birthdays. There were the usual tales of being taken out by friends to have their first legal drink, with lots of admissions that they had had alcohol well before that milestone birthday. ...more

Dating My Daughter/Son

I was reading a post from Brittany at everyday thoughts on her Mamas Tell All and saw that the topic for this week is Dating Your Daughter/Son. I decided to put my originally scheduled post on hold and write this instead. Date nights with our children is something my husband and I did with our three daughters and I'm pretty zealous about it so I must share. ...more

To the Girl

There is a movement on Twitter, #ToTheGirls. The premise is what would you want your younger self to know? What would you want your daughter/niece/any female child to know? Yes, of course we want boys to know stuff as well. As the mother of two young daughters, here are ten things I want them to know:...more

How To Be A Positive Role Model For Girls

We often forget how absorbent kids are. We talk about politics, bodies, have dirty jokes and bash our partners thinking it is not a big deal, but if we try to remember how they will repeat and copy you, that might help us create healthy, beautiful inside and out generation of girls who will not seek attention, who will not “hook up”, who will not cry over not being good enough and who will know they worth.That is what I want for my kids. So far the only step I can think of to make change is – to change myself. ...more

It's Almost Time for Summer Break! Oh No!

It is almost that time. The school year is winding down. My favorite time of year is right around the corner. I experience these feelings every year. As a stay-at-home mother summer means that I get to spend many warm days with my four children. We talk and laugh and frolic barefooted through the fields of tall green grass. Stopping to take a moment to lie on our backs, on the warm earth and stare up at the blue sky as the white, fluffy clouds float past... (Insert here that sound of a record being scratched by a needle.)...more

From Little Girl to Big Girl

When you first share that you're expecting a girl (or just had one) everyone can't wait to say:...more

Fishing Derby Pride

Fishing Derby PrideThere is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks'.  ~Countee CullenThanks to everyone for making this event happen, especially Cindy and Dave Planinsek!  I know it's a lot of work, but one worth it.  Like everyone else, my family looks forward to the Fishing Derby every year!...more