A call to parents raising children in a terror stricken era

How do we raise our children in this world? I want to take a step back from the politics, the rhetoric, the trending hashtags and prayers vs. gun control debate. I want to address how our generation is going to raise our children in the era of mass shootings. Random mass shootings in our country. ...more

My Work Space

I figured it out! I always wondered why am I so incredibly neurotic about my kitchen being clean? When my entire (albeit cute and cozy) house is a disaster I am okay as long as my kitchen is clean. If my kitchen is a mess watch out. Crazy mama up in here....more

The Eyes Have It

So…over the course of a single weekend I became legally blind in my right eye.  The toddler and I were playing and being silly, and generally having fun jumping off tables and running with scissors when the fused fontanelle of her cute little cranium crashed into my delicate ocular socket. It was like the infamous iceberg against the hull of the TItanic (which shattered on impact, much like the lens in my eye).  Tears of laughter and excruciating pain ensued.  Mostly the pain thing, though....more

525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life?

 Listen???  Hear that? No? Yeah, me either. Isn’t is fabulous? I’m home alone for the first time in 12,963 minutes…but who’s counting?And I may just have alone time for an hour or two, but the silence is deafening definitely glorious....more

Nursing mode. As if

And then there are unexpected events that cross the quiet days I had planned for myself. A sick kid, for instance.One should think: nursing mode. Lots of sleep and cuddles and some light cooking, water, watching movies. Thermometer, medication, maybe the occasional change of sheets....more

6 Ways to Use Music Mindfulness in Family Life

 In that fiery place under the earth, I’m quite sure Alvin and the Chipmunks would be blaring 24-7. If it ever comes on at our house (usually by accident), you will find me under a thick, muffling sort of blanket. Just because Alvin, Elmo, or the Frozen soundtrack make me want to stuff teddy bears in my ears doesn’t mean I can’t love me some other tunes. Here are 5 ways music mindfulness can benefit parents. It can remind you of different parts of yourself or your life...more

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
I appreciate your honesty, and your effort to shift your own worldview. I have a son and a ...more

Falling

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