Behind Every Great Kid Is A Mom Who's Pretty Sure She's Screwing Them Up

This past week I received some pretty amazing compliments about my older teenage children. It means a bit more because... well, I'm closer to the finished product with them. It's almost time for me to unleash those boogers out into society (God help us all!), and it's nice to know that maybe, just maybe, I haven't completely effed up this mothering gig. (Although right now I have major doubts as I listen to the two boys practically screaming at each other because someone isn't cooking biscuits the right way. Ugh.) ...more
nikonMom Oh the mood swings of childhood. They love us. They hate us. It's enough to make your ...more

How making mistakes helps us learn.

And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up." -Thomas Wayne, Batman Begins [2005]"You should remember not to use pen when you're doing your homework."--Why?"Because pencil allows you to make changes. If you make a mistake, you can erase and start over."...more

The Socks from Hell

I have conquered the Socks from Hell.It is not so much that I have subjugated these hand-knitted demons to their knees so much that I have brought them to my feet. Snugly, quietly, they embrace my very soles, and you would never guess how much anguish, toil, trouble, and sheer screaming frustration it took to get them there....more

Parenting Lessons to Learn from the Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

My husband and I have been following Lance Armstrong’s career since he started racing in the Tour de France following his battle with cancer.  We read his books, bought LiveStrong bracelets and clothes, and in 2010 we even went to Paris for the last stage of the TdF, when Armstrong raced his final Tour....more
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