Patience, Purpose and the PTA

Whiny, self-indulgent, privileged people annoy the crap out of me. Which is probably why I’ve been so filled with self-loathing this last week.Thanks to lifestyle changes and my husband’s new job, I have the luxury of not worrying too much about my slower than expected freelance workload (though that hasn’t stopped me from worrying). Instead I can focus on volunteering at my daughter’s school, running, going to yoga and writing this blog....more

Would You Let A Former Porn Star Read to Your Kids?

What our nervous sideway glances and jeers say is simple: if you let on that you have sex, you're a danger to our children, and possibly to society itself. Never mind if you're a tax-paying, law-abiding, philanthropic citizen otherwise -- the second it becomes known that you have sex or are interested in it, you're immediately labeled unfit. ...more
Ridiculous. I don't care if she's CURRENTLY a porn star; it has nothing to do with who she is as ...more

You Said WHAT About Me on Facebook?!

When my son started school, I was all set to join the PTA.  But I went to one meeting and it basically it scarred me for life. The women that are the top of the food chain basically tore people apart behind their backs if you disagreed with them.My neighbor is the worst offender. She volunteers and complains constantly about it. So last week, she was again complaining and I asked her, "Why do you do it then?"  An hour later, she posted on Facebook, "A parent at our school approached me today and asked why I volunteer." Then she went on to say how she does it for her children, the community, etc.The problem is that all the responses that followed were like,  "What kind of parent would ask something like that?", "A parent like that will only give their time if they can get something out of it" and "I can't believe a parent would ask you that!" She really made me look bad. She made me look like I was against volunteering. I was shocked.I'm rarely on Facebook so I think that's why she posted it there. I'm not sure how to handle. ...more
I'm with Kelcey 99 percent. The writer's neighbor lives in a negative sphere; the woman who ...more

Just Say No

I, like most people I know, have a specific problem.  Its a hard thing to live with.  And every day I battle this problem.  NOT SAYING NO.Simple, you think?  No.  Its not.  Its hard to say no when someone asks for volunteers.  Its hard to say no when ask "can you do me a favor?".  Its hard to say no when someone looks at you with those big brown eyes and says "pleeeeeeaaassseee"....more

Kathy Ireland: Green Times Three

Jennifer Schwab Director of Sustainability,

Which Momma Are You?

Let me preface this post with an explanation that this is not the 1st time we’ve poked fun at our Momma friends nor will it be the last.  We love all Mommas here at Southern Momentum and if you do not see your silly stereotype listed below please fill free to comment and tell us which flavor Momma you are.  Come on, help us out … It’s all in good fun!...more

Evil Spirits Moonlighting as PTA Moms?

Aaaahhhh, yes! It’s the time of year when PTA boards choose a nominating committee, which in turn chooses the board for the upcoming year. Last week I sat at the park during my daughter’s basketball practice while a fellow mom, and PTA board member, proceeded to tell me the horrors of the possibility of Ashley (names have been changed to protect the evil) becoming president next year. Yes, I’m on the board also this year, but because I’m currently working two jobs I don’t make it to any of the meetings and I miss most of the day time activities. ...more

I Are Room Mom Now: Part Deux

Last week I posted about the startling news that I am the Room Mom for Laura's second grade class. I was a little trepidatious, not because of the official duties, but because I knew there were "unofficial" or secret duties, like collecting money for teacher gifts, that I wasn't sure how to go about. Also, my two year-old creates some drag on my in-room volunteering. ...more

just a few questions...pundits?

Attorneys and writers have job security because there’s always one more question; the questions always out number the answers by at least one. ...more