"Umm Can my Mom Talk to your Mom?"

 “Ummm can my mom talk to your mom???” said by me circa 1991. It makes me laugh how easy it used to be to make a friend “Oh, you like hot pink too? Wanna be friends?"...more

To The Mom Who's Pretty Sure She's Screwing It All Up...

Isaiah loves art. He’s full of imagination and he LOVES to create. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)The other day I complimented him…telling him what a good painter he was. “Yeah. I am.” he replied.His response tickled me. And then it made me think. If only we could all have that kind of confidence. If only we could share that same sort of self-assuredness out loud, and not feel any shame. There’s a quote floating around on Pinterest. Have you seen it?It goes something like this…...more

I'm the Best Mom (and PS: So Are You!)

Just last week, I was in a conversation with a friend when she took a deep breath, sighed, and said… “You’re the best Mom.” I immediately felt my heart leap into my throat. The best Mom? What the whaaaaa??? It’s funny. You do a few crafts with your kids and write about them, and suddenly you are Supermom. Don’t get me wrong. I felt flattered. But I got all sorts of twitchy at the mere sound of those words. ...more
Amen!  Loved your post.  And I love that you love the "real" aspects of life and parenting. ...more

For All the New Moms (What I Wish I'd Known)

For All The New Moms (What I Wish I'd Known)4.03.2014 ...more

Why I Don't Miss My Kids' Early Childhoods

I hear it said to mothers of young kids all the time: You’re gonna miss this when they’re teens. But here’s my counter-argument: Maybe you won’t. I don’t. Sure, every once in a while, I long for the feel of their baby soft skin and and a glimpse of their toothless grins. ...more
I love this quote about children by Kahlil Gibran--and i think of it when i think of my young ...more

The 1st Grade Project That Bruised Mom's Ego

School's almost out and the kids are bringing home all of their projects from the year. It's one of  my favorite things! I love reading all the cute things they've written about me worked on all year...adorable spelling mistakes and all. Today Jack brought home a collection of 'books' he's written throughout the year....more

Insanity is Hereditary; You Get It From Your Children

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
 Sam Levenson A few months ago, my daughter came down with a sore throat and cold, 
but she really pushed herself to keep going to school. She kept pushing 
until one morning I forbade her to go to school and took her to the 
doctor. All that pushing of hers had resulted in a case of bronchitis....more

How To Consign Your Kids Stuff Like a Pro

 I've been a seller at kid's consignment sales for about 5 years now. Not to be braggadocious or anything...but over the years I've learned how to do it like a boss....more

Facing The Future After A Parent-Child Relationship Dissolves

It’s been a couple of weeks since I laid the pajamas on the bed, waiting for Hannah to come home after another stint in jail. She had been incarcerated for three months on drug related charges, theft, and receiving stolen property. While in jail, she was in three fights, one resulting in a battery charge. She is scheduled to go to court on that charge later this week, but for the first time in all her legal troubles, I won’t be at that hearing. ...more
@Diane Lang Thank you Diane. It scared me to write it down, but I have found peace. My heart ...more

Summer Scheduling Madness

 Summer is almost upon us! For this stay at home mom that means a drastic change in my work load. Gone will be the days of just my daughter and I having quiet, polite, sparkly girly time together....more