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
TiffanyKummer  Thank you!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

Part time Sister to Full time Mom

Six months ago my partner Bubba and I decided to uproot our Portland life and move to Sunny Hawaii to help my mom raise my sisters, 7 and 9. We were told that we would regret raising children at 24, but I knew that we would regret it if we didn’t give it a go....more

The True Meaning of 'Important'

The day was coming to an end, and there were still plenty of important things yet to be done: emails to send, dinner ingredients to prep, and a toy-littered house that had been neglected for way too long. And then, the minute I finally set the baby down to play on the floor so I can be productive, it happened.My 3 year old tugged on my hand, one of her favorite books in her little outstretched arms and her face beaming with excitement....more

Kids Can Be Jerks (and Other Things New Parents Should Admit)

Ah, the joys of parenthood. "Cherish every moment," you hear. "It goes so fast!" Yeah, well, when entering the active labor stage was your last relaxing evening at home, I assure you -- not fast enough. ...more
pinesandpalmettos Congrats on your pregnancy! Yes, I have made it my life's mission to out ...more