The Motherhood Club - 14 Years In...

My son turns 14 tomorrow and I’ve spent some time thinking about this milestone, as I do each year. ...more

14 Years of Motherhood

14  years ago I was awarded the mommy title and never looked back. Who was I before I became a mother? I vaguely remember waking up thinking of myself first. As a child, I didn’t play with baby dolls or babysit. Having a sister seven years my junior was plenty motherhood for me. I didn’t even think I wanted to have kids. ...more

The end of the twin era...

I always wanted twins until I got four children at one time....more

Young Parenting: You Survived That, So You Can Survive This

I was going through some of my One Vignette archives (truth: I was on Facebook and the essay popped up as one my "memories." Guilty as charged, your honor) and found a post from two years ago. I've posted the link below, because if you're in the thick of it with infants and babies all things tiny, you might identify with where I was then. It was just two years ago: so much has changed since then....more

3 Things Teenage Boys Need to Know About Dating

My 15 year old son has found a girlfriend.  This is significant, because prior to this summer, we struggled with how technology has interfered in the way which our teenagers approach the dating scene.  Prior to this, my son only talked about girls he met on social media...half of the girls he talked to didn't even live in our state!...more

Dear Husband: I Need You

It’s amazing the moments that make you realize the goldmine that you have in your spouse.Vacation is what has done it for me.See, I have a husband that LOVES being married and LOVES being a father with all that it comes with. We have a very balanced relationship. As in if the baby is screaming and doesn’t want me, he comes over and trades a glass of wine for the baby without prompting. Being married to my husband has spoiled me insanely. I love it but when he’s not with me, it’s me that’s crying!...more

3 Steps to Becoming the Fun Parent

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm always the bad guy when it comes to enforcing things with my kids -- like flossing, cleaning up their rooms, practicing piano, etc. However, my husband is seen as the fun guy. After work, he just blows on in with a bucket of fun, leaving me to deal with the real responsibilities when it comes to the kids. I'm sick of it! What should I do? Signed, Sometimes I'd Like To Be the Fun Mom ...more

Mommy's Social Media Rules

My 9 year old just got into a relationship.  I knew it was inevitable but I secretly hoped she would wait a little bit longer to step into this new phase of life.  However, she came to me and pleaded her case that she was grown up enough to get into this relationship so I’m going to allow it.  My gut tells me this relationship is going to be pretty serious and chances are despite how I feel about it – it’s probably going to last her lifetime.  She is officially in a relationship with social media.  *sigh*...more

Happy Tenth Birthday Lilo!

Sweet Lilo is ten years old today. Yes, it was a DECADE ago that I became a mother. I remember looking down at the skinny, black-haired, prune-faced, jug-eared BEAUTIFUL babe I had recently pushed out of my very own hoo-ha and praying, “Oh dear God, this is the most important thing I have ever done; help me be worthy of this child”....more

Children are People Too

Every Sunday I share a bloom – a small idea of how to improve our world.Tend the garden of humanity with me by blogging with your own idea on any Sunday.If you do, feel free to pingback here so we can keep the conversation going....more