Curveballs Just Mean The Game Is On...

I've always been a competitive person. It stems from as far back as I can remember. Hell, the race for valedictorian in my graduating class ended up being decided by .01 of a GPA point- yeah, you read that right, one one-hundredth of a point (and unfortunately, I came in .01 of a GPA point down). So, needless to say, I don't take competition lightly, and I play to win- always...Or so I thought......more

Another Chance at Love?

Here I am at this crossroads with my ex. He hurt me…I hurt him. Now we’re even…right? Is that how it works? Eye for an eye? That seems like a somewhat barbaric proposition for two people who once loved each other. Nevertheless, it is reality, and somehow it does make our situation a little easier.   ...more

I’m tired. MP’s arrived.

Let me tell you how private I am today ever since -Our- lives went down hill in beautiful Hawaii in 2007. *The privacy issue ends today. Today I’m speaking out* That’s when I left Hawaii to see my family in PA and Puerto Rico, for the first time in 3 1/2 years. Even the way that I managed to get the money to leave Hawaii….was very…very….bad....more

Motherly Advice

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all parents and kids are not created equally, but are wholly individual in personality and style....more

Happy Birthday, Little Brother

My younger brother turns thirty one on Tuesday. ...more

The Morning Melee

My best friend is one of the kindest and most patient people you'll ever come across.  She's also loud mouthed and somewhat's an interesting mix :)  She keeps my children for me on a regular basis when I need a sitter, and will even ask for them to come over sometimes so they can play with her son.  We met while pregnant, so her son and my daughter are only a month apart in age, and have known each other their whole lives.  Despite being 4 years older, my son actually likes and plays well with both of them....more

Carpooling is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

I nanny for three kids, the oldest girl is 9, the middle boy is 6, and the youngest little girl is 19 months. I have been with the family since the baby was born and I love them, but sometimes I don't really like them....more

When Does Bullying Start and Stop?

My five-year-old has been lucky so far. She's never been bullied.That I know about....more

My son's been both and had huge problems last year and some of this year at school for ...more

How Martial Arts Can Prevent Fighting in Kids

My 11 year old son has been taking Tae Kwon Do since he was 4 years old and is preparing to test for his black belt, but in the 8 years that he's been studying martial arts he has never once had a real life situation that called on his years of training, until yesterday. ...more

Fighting in front of the kids -- do you do it?

I would love to tell you how even-tempered my husband and I are, how we never ever raise our voices.  I'd love to tell you that on the exceedingly rare occasions that we disagree (because really, we never, ever disagree), that one of us just gets a quiet little smile and raises an eyebrow, as a signal to the other that This Is A Topic Better Taken Offline, Where Young Ears Will Not Be Affected By Words of Discontent.  I'd love to say that when it comes to the topic of arguing in front of our daughter, there's really no discussion:  it never happens.I'd love to tell you that, but that would be a Big Fat Hairy Lie....more

Really, I don't have any issues arguing in front of kids.

Ground rules : No name ...more