9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else ...more

Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of ...more

How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...more

The Bra's Lament

I'm certain we didn’t start out like this. You were so excited. You liked my tiny rose in the middle, a minor decoration, but detail enough. A little embellishment to hide under your clothes. You liked that I was simple and comfortable. I liked your curves and of course, your taste. You took me home and unwrapped me from the fine tissue paper. Caressed me. We studied in the mirror together how we complemented each other. ...more
Great writing!more

My Kids Keep Asking For a Pet (Spoiler Alert: Nope.)

I have two boys, they are 9 and 11, and they have finally put their foot with insisting their need for a pet. They’ve begged, they’ve pleaded, they’ve promised me the moon and the stars if only I will get them a pet. The thing is, I have a strong dislike of animals. ...more
This is hilarious and the wisest approach yet to that whole pet discussion. I have 3 boys and ...more

5 Things I Wish I Could Do When My Toddler Starts Screaming

Impulse control. Four-year-olds don’t have a lot of it. Thankfully, 40-year-olds do (or at least we should). ...more
Thanks for sharing your experience and insights Mandy. My babies are still young to do that kind ...more

He's 9! What?

Today is Little Elvis' 9th birthday! I'm digging up old pictures to see how he's grown. This is Little Elvis around 4 or 5 months old ....more

the nose saga continues

The nose situation.I had the bump in my nose surgically removed yesterday and I severely underestimated the accompanying pain. ...more

I Don't Like My Birthday Parties

  In my 41 years, I’ve only had four birthday parties. My birthday falls in the middle of August when my classmates and friends were either notoriously at camp or on family vacations, so my mother always had an excuse for skipping a kids’ birthday party. What did I know of American birthday parties anyway? We celebrated most of my birthdays with my family and my parents’ friends. Cousins or else children of my parents’ friends comprised the kids at the party....more

Thoughts on Thursday | Valentine Edition

Wearing: Well, yesterday I walked around all day in my wool dress coat with a big coffee stain on the front, not realizing it until around 3pm in the afternoon. Yay for professionalism! But that is not Valentine-related ....more

Porter at Nineteen months

Another somewhat arbitrary monthly 'birthday' for my baby boy, and another excuse to blog all about him.Two big things happened in the past month, both probably warranted their own posts but here we are playing catch up: 1. Porter is no longer at Lori's on my work days, and he is staying home with Cecelia and Tony instead. 2. First hair cut ....more

Becoming A Hockey Mom…

So my title is a little deceiving but many know I’ve fully struggled with this transition to hockey life. I didn’t have any plans of having a hockey breathing, eating, loving kid but he has had other plans and surely, we’re along for the ride. This year I volunteered {with just a stitch of pressure from a neighbor friend} to be a team manager ....more

Experts Reveal What Moms’ Favorite Valentine Candy Says About Them

By Samantha Wassel of Between The Monkey Bars Have you ever wondered what your favorite Valentine candy reveals about you? No, probably not. Well, if you have,...more

I Don’t See Me in My Daughters

By Kristina Hammer of The Angrivated Mom...more

Confession: Here’s What I Do When I Hide in the Bathroom

By Habiba Anwar of Eat, Write, Be Many moons ago, when Sudoku was all the rage, I remember coming across a Sudoku toilet roll. I swear to you, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing ever. I totally judged anyone who might want to spend that much time on the bog ....more

A Few Recommendations

Random, I know, but in the dark depths of winter I find that it's helpful to find a few things you love and then latch onto them obsessively. All the better to distract yourself from the fact that you can't go outside without 42 layers of clothing and snow gear, and spring is a good six weeks away.Here are some recent discoveries that have been floating my old creaky boat lately:Books:* The Children's Crusade, by Ann Packer. This book had been on my to-read list for several months (it was published last year and in every book-review magazine column I encountered for awhile there), but I'd forgotten all about it until it appeared before my eyes during a browse at the public library a few weeks ago ....more