When I was in the 6th grade, my mom pulled my twin brother and I from public school and home schooled us until we graduated high school. I know many of you must think that it was awesome to be in my pajamas and hang out at home all day, but my mother was a tough teacher and had us on a strict schedule. We got up at 7:30 a.m. every morning, got dressed (no PJ's), had breakfast and school started promptly at 8 a.m. It sucked at the time, especially since some of my other home schooled friends got to stay in their PJ's and sleep in, but now I'm grateful for it....more
I’M SO TIRED OF PEOPLE FEELING SORRY FOR ME THAT I WORK FULL-TIME. HOW CAN I EXPLAIN THAT IT WORKS FOR ME?photocreditMOLLY: The reader also asked how she can talk about her choice to work full-time and not get defensive about it....more
So I could be crazy, but I always feel like there is this invisible line that has been drawn in the sand between stay at home moms and career moms. In my head I picture a boxing ring, and that loud obnoxious announcer yelling through the speakers, ‘…and in this corner we have the full time Career Mom. Challenging her in the opposite corner we have the Stay at home mom. Good luck. Let’s get ready to rumble…’...more
Note: This piece was fueled by exasperation and inspired by two excellent blogs posts -- by Grace Hwang Lynch and Pamela Kripke -- that urge those who "got privilege" to name it.
I used to have Ann Romney's life. The first time around I married into a family that was rich. Romney Rich....more
During a knock-down drag-out with my two year old yesterday I thought back to when my oldest was two: the tea parties, the long walks, the days at the zoo. My current two year old spends half the day in his car seat picking up his older siblings and delivering them to their various schools and activities. The other half of the day we spend fighting. We fight as I try to get the chores done, the food cooked, the laundry folded and from the front door, to the car and back....more