One Mom's Honest Reaction to Her Son Coming Out as Gay

Originally written on October 7, 2015. I had no answer to the question. I didn't think I'd need one. So let's backtrack a little bit: A little over 15 years ago, our first, beautiful baby boy was born. We couldn't wait for him to talk. Then when he could talk, we couldn't wait for him to shut up (parents of talkative kids, you KNOW what I mean. I love him dearly, but omgwouldyoupleasebequietforfiveminutes instead of tellingthecashieryourlifestory). ...more
Thanks for your perspective and for writing this. I don't have a son so I don't know what I'd do ...more


So I missed a day. (writing for NaBloPoMo) Typically this would be "it".  The reason to quit.  Oh, I'd explain it away. "There were legit reasons!", and somehow that would make me feel better about failing. (And no arguing that....more
I've never made it through NaBloPoMo.  I approached it differently this year, though. I set it ...more

A Humble Introduction to the Cliff Notes of Parenting

 Well, let me get started and tell you my goals here. I bought the book Love and Logic for Early Childhood. I read the first three chapters probably five separate times and the book did a great job collecting dust on my nightstand. It wasn't until my then 11 month old baby girl began using the book as a teething toy that I remembered AGAIN I should read it.   ...more

You F***, and Houston, we're headed into Puberty Land

Last night, DD2 was all giggles at DD1’s girl scout troop meeting, sitting on my lap, snuggling and pretending to be asleep, then giggling some more when I discovered that she was really awake.  Then all of a sudden, she said, “mommy, can I tell you a secret?”  and so I leaned in, and she whispered in my ear, “when daddy gets mad at me, he says you f**k!”  I couldn’t believe what I was heari...more

When Did Making Our Kids Cry on Purpose Become Entertainment?

I knew they were coming. They do every year at Halloween, and every year, I’m forced to bite my tongue and try my best to scroll through and ignore the endless amounts of videos that parents, entertainment and news sites post of parents picking on children by pretending to eat all their Halloween candy while leaving said children in a puddle of tears and hysterics and every year, I shake my head and wonder ... ...more
I totally understand what you are saying. My kids learned to depend on me and that wasn't by ...more

Parenting: Win, Lose, or Draw

Happy November!  Happy Belated Halloween!  I had a ninja and a ladybug—along with four of their pals and two big brothers of said pals, herding through our neighborhood, which goes crazy with the fog machines and mini-haunted houses and lit up pumpkins in every size and shape (saw two minions this year, so cute).  So my heart is really full and happy about that!! ...more

10 ADD/ADHD fidget busters for the classroom

“He can't sit still long enough to do his work.”“His constant fidgeting is a distraction for the entire class.""He can't focus and is falling behind."Sound familiar?...more

How Girl Scouting Brings Girl Power

"Who can tell me what is a veteran?” I ask the Brownie troop, as we prepare to color the Veterans Day cards we will soon distribute at the VA Hospital. ...more
I LOVE THIS!!!! My daughter became a GS for the first time this year (I was a GS as a girl, too) ...more

Surviving The Stomach Flu

Last week, I got THE CALL.  You know the one…  Your phone rings, and you see that it’s your child’s school calling. There’s only 1 or 2 reasons your child’s school might call you during the day.  Either they’re sick, or their teacher needs to discuss something with you.  It’s usually the former.  Sure enough, my 2nd grader had complained that she didn’t feel very well, and shortly thereafter, fell asleep in the classroom!  I drove to pick her up early, but not soon enough…  She vomited twice in the hallway while walking to the office....more