"That's MINE!": 3 Tips for Surviving Sharing Squabbles this Christmas

With Christmas quickly approaching, I've had presents on the brain.  Making lists and thinking of things my kids would like to see under the tree.The other not-so-nice thing I've been thinking about?Sharing.Ugh.Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a smack down over a toy garbage truck.But there is hope!  Your Boxing Day brunch doesn't have to be ruined by a bunch of kids screaming "Mine!  MINE!  MIIIIINNNNNEE!!!!!!!"...more

Sunday Haiku: Pains in the Neck

Brothers and sister --Beloved pains in the neck,And they wonder why.Doctor. Lawyer. Black. Feminist. Scholar. Mommy. Wife . Bipolar survivor. Friend. Lover. Human. Child of God. ...more

How many children lead to happiness?

People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one....more

Help! My Loser Brother Gets All My Parents' Attention

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I have wonderful parents, but I still get annoyed with the special treatment they give my brother. I'm always the dutiful daughter, but his life and kids are always a mess, and that seems to get him more attention. We're both in our early 40s, so do I have to accept that this is the way it'll always be?Signed,My Parents Always Said Life Isn't Fair, But ... ...more
It's also worth noting that some people are drawn to drama. The question is, is it worth it to ...more

This is what family does

 Last month I flew home for three days to help my family do a spruce up of our childhood home. I come from a family of 11 – yes ELEVEN – kids from the same set of biological parents. We were raised Catholic. I have my own set of excuses I like to give for how 11 kids came about… “My mom was Catholic and my dad was easy…”, “My dad was in the navy, so my mom got pregnant every time he came home”… “I was adopted.” You get the idea.Our family home is on the market, but was in dire need of serious attention, so, off I went....more

Help Your Other Child Adjust Better To A New Sibling

YAY! So you’re having a new baby! How exciting! ...more

Where have all the babies gone?

There's this weird thing that happens when you get pregnant: Everywhere you go, you see other pregnant people and parents pushing strollers. Granted, those people were always there before, but once you become pregnant yourself - join their ranks - you finally start noticing them on a massive scale....more

Battling Sibling Rivalry One Sister Day at a Time

My hair is an electrocuted halo.  I screech like a teenage demon who has pounded three too many  knock-you-flat cocktails of hormones-social life disaster-sibling rivalry....more

Can a Mom Survive Bottled Up Energy and Giggles at Dinner Time?

Do you ever just FLIP OUT on your kids for no reason other than they're being TOO happy?! Cause I have. Yep. I'm not proud of it. I just simply don't understand it. They will be absolutely content with each other at the dinner table, cracking each other up, not hitting or not not-hitting-but-kinda-hitting, not tattling, not asking me for anything, just genuinely enjoying each other's company while I quietly eat my own slice of Papa Murphy's Take 'n Bake white pizza. ...more
Great post....Yes, these are the best of days......Simply Enjoy...more

When kindergarten is difficult for the younger sibling

My daughter really loves going to kindergarten. This morning she jumped on my bed at 6:50am and yelled "Kindergarten, kindergarten......" She is so excited about going.  The one person who is not loving kindergarten is her younger 3 year old brother. ...more