Hell Hath No Fury Like A Preschooler Bored

 Before I reveal the epically ridiculous stunts that my preschooler committed today while visiting his grandparents let me first give a round of applause to my mother and father in law for not disowning my frightfully inventive four-year-old and me. Thank you (one hundred thousand fold!)...more

The First Days Home With an Adopted Child

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Where Is My Poop: 4 Little Words a Toddler Parent Never Wants to Hear

Over the weekend, I was finishing up some dishes while my two-year-old daughter played quietly in her room. Without warning, she burst into the kitchen and asked me a question that would send any reasonable parent of a potty training toddler into a full-fledged freakin' panic: "Where is my poop, momma?" ...more
Tina Bassett That's a hilarious story... Totally sounds like something my daughter would say. ...more

An Affair to Remember

Our relationship has changed since I had kids. It seems like such a short time ago that we spent our long, blissful nights together. Sometimes you’d swoop in while I was relaxing on the couch enjoying a glass of wine during the prime time lineup; other times I’d call on you in the wee hours of the morning after a fun evening out with friends. You were always so refreshing and gentle, and if I was lucky, you’d stay with me past Saturday morning breakfast. After you departed, I’d awake feeling like a new woman. A woman who could conquer the world without batting an eye....more

So ... Now I'm a Parent?

the past 6 weeks have had me reflecting on this journey that jp and i have gotten ourselves on. we jumped on a fast moving train and 6 short weeks ago we were welcomed into a very special club of “motherhood.” i’ve been thinking of what it means to be a parent and trying to really let that feeling … that notion … sink in. what does it mean to be a parent? is that something i’m supposed to feel the minute i laid my eyes on my little girls? or is it something that evolves, and is constantly changing as life moves on? i think it’s both....more

Don't worry about your children leaving for college, they'll be fine!

As an alumni and parent of an undergraduate at UCLA, I was thrilled to be featured in the UCLA Parents and Family Program's Bruinlink, the newsletter for the parents of new Bruins. Your student’s next chapter in life has officially begun, so what does that mean for you?...more

How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

I learned two lessons from the events behind today’s post:1. Don’t ignore chronic tooth pain.2. Our kids learn more from us than we think they do....more

Variations on the Theme of Love: What It Looks Like Now

“There’s nothing new under the sun.” I remember my mom saying this often when we were growing up. And really, it’s true, and I’m not just saying that because as a mother myself I am legally obligated to maintain the illusion that everything that comes out of the maternal collective’s mouth is platinum. The more I grow and experience, the more I’m struck with that comfortably novel feeling of deja vu, that electric hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-my-neck thrill that I’ve been somewhere before. ...more

100% In or Out

Around a year ago, I was in a dark place. I wasn't happy on any kind of consistent basis. My marriage was struggling, with what felt like more downs than ups. I was having a tough time connecting with my kids, with some days feeling good and others feeling tedious and impossible. ...more

How I Knew My Man Would Make An Awesome Dad

I am one very lucky woman. Within the first few months of meeting my husband Andrew, I had an inkling that one day, he would make a really awesome dad.Somehow, it never even crossed my mind to question the fact that our relationship would be a lasting one or that we'd have a family together.How did I know all that? I had solid proof: children and dogs love this man! There's some magical calming and reassuring energy about him that just draws them in--even the ones who don't know him at all....more