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.
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
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.
"Make it fun for them", they said. "Make it age appropriate", they said. "Make a cute chart for them to follow", they said. "Pay them for doing the work", they said. "Shut up", I say to them, because I have tried all of what "they" said and it didn't work. C'mon, you've seen all of the pretty Pinterest tutorials on how to make a chore chart with age appropriate chores, giving a sticker for each chore completed. Just go to Pinterest and search for "chore charts" and see what you get....more
Looking for locker inspiration? No one wants to willingly look at gray, gray and more gray all year. Nor do you want to have the same prepackaged locker theme as everyone else. We've put together four cool and unique DIY Locker designs from a Movie Theme a Beach Theme, Minecraft Theme and a super Glam Theme locker just for our friends at My Friends Told Me To. Check out these easy and inexpensive themes you can create with very little effort and we guarantee yours will be one of a kind. We've found all the materials for you so put your creative spin on and DIY one these cool locker designs this year.MOVIE THEME Are you a dramatic person, star in every school performance, then let your locker reflect that. Here is a great DIY option for a movie theme locker in five easy steps....more
A couple weeks ago, I posted "8 Things Moms of Young Daughters Have to Look Forward To (Really!) on my blog. It's been such a privilege to hear from several moms of girls who said my little list encouraged them not to dread the teen years quite so much....more
I woke up this morning, on a peaceful Saturday at 6am, only to look out the window and see toilet paper all over the front yard and my car, in the exhaust pipes, over the trees and in the sticky bush. My kids are both now in middle school - a 13-year old boy and 11-year old girl. Ah, the wonder years of late-night teepee attacks. I want to be upset, but I'm really too tired. ...more
Next to your clothes, hair and bookbag, your locker speaks volumes about you, your personality, and most importantly your style (or lack thereof). Is your locker plain, boring, blah? What do you think that says about you?...more
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