Will You Have a Happy (Step)Mother's Day?

Will You Have A Happy (Step)Mother’s Day?  Why does the thought of Mother’s Day worry so many stepmothers? Do we feel like we’ve merited some sort of recognition that we know we won’t get? Is it because we secretly hope that perhaps this will be the year that our stepkids have a grand epiphany that we’re pretty darn amazing, we do a lot for them, we put up with a lot as a stepmom and gosh darn it, we really do love them? ...more

On Mother's Day, without my Mom

Mother’s Day. This isn’t my first as a mom, but it is the first when my oldest daughter can actually say, “Mommy.” She can also say “Oh My God Kingee, do you need a haircut!” and she can tell her dad that she’s not “digging” the song he’s singing. It is what I say and not necessarily what I do, these days, as Caroline makes our language her own. She grabs words and phrases like candy—with parental perseverance, she’ll accept table manners just as voraciously—and most of the time, I love it. I love hearing myself interpreted in a musical little lilting voice....more

Mother’s Day: Thoughts on Infertility

When husband and I first decided to have a baby, I just assumed I’d have as much control over it as I had over NOT having a baby.  Birth control is a misleading name for contraception.  There is actually very little control you have over the timing on when you will give birth....more

The Best Gifts

How to Get Breakfast in Bed: A Blueprint

 In a perfect world you would not have to read this blog post, and I would not have to write it. In a perfect world I also wouldn’t be writing this at the orthodontist’s office waiting for my kid to have his palate expander fixed for the seventeenth time....more

It's Mother's Day... Dammit!

 As Supreme Ruler of the Kingdom, I hereby proclaim Mother's Day be celebrated the entire weeke...more

Daughter Dearest

The phone in the kitchen demands attention.            I sprint to answer it, holler through the house as I run. “I got it.” I grab the mustard receiver from its wall mount and press it to my ear. “Hello?”            “Hey. What’re you doing?” It’s Karen, my best friend. She only lives a block away but it’s too cold and too late on a school night to meet on the corner to yack....more

The Best Mother's Day Gift: My Children

Yesterday was my son’s  7th birthday. Seven years ago, one week before Mother’s Day, he made me a mother.Four years later, one week after Mother’s Day, I became a mother again. This time, to a daughter.I was gifted with two amazing little people....more

Quantifying Love: A Mother's Day Infographic

Only 6% of dads surveyed said they need to give gifts on Mother's Day. Agree?Mother's Day Flowers...more

What about the mothers-in-laws?

This Mother’s Day, as I celebrate it with my mother-in-law I wonder what it is about the relationship between mothers of sons and the women who marry them that can often be so difficult? ...more