Don't forget to water the parents

I am very happy to be back at home to spend time with my son, especially as he is about to be off from school for the holiday. We have a list of special things for the two of us to do together while we are home. I am trying to treasure this time, because I know that one day, he will want his Mommy to be just like a plant....more

Teenage Parenthood Realization Moment

Unlike math, parenthood has no right answer. From the onset, I held this 7-pound slimy human who was reliant on me for every bodily function 24/7 and I had no idea what I was doing. By the time I emerged from the haze of year one, my little human was using words and persuasive behavioral tactics (read: debate-worthy negotiations) ...more

The Motherhood Club - 14 Years In...

My son turns 14 tomorrow and I’ve spent some time thinking about this milestone, as I do each year. ...more

When Suicide Hits Too Close to Home

The other day, my 8th grader got into the car after school, chipper as always. We started the usual pleasantries: how was school, what did you eat for lunch, any tests coming up? We carry on for about 5 minutes until he says, “Someone at school tried to kill himself today.”I didn’t say anything at first because my immediate instinct was he was kidding. He said it so nonchalantly and he has a tendency to say crazy shit to garner a reaction; he is a teenager after all. Instead of the “just kidding,” I was waiting for, he continued with the story. ...more

8 Tips for building a better relationship with your teenager

My teenager will be 18 this fall. The time just seems to be flying by so quickly. I remember the day she was born, like it was yesterday. I call her my miracle baby, she was delivered by emergency c-section, 2 months early, weighting 1 lb 12 oz. But the miracle is she was fully developed and she survived.  God does work miracles! ...more

Pubescent Problems on the Potty

I spent 15 years in the corporate world in various forms of advertising playing with fancy office stuff. But none of that matters; that’s as ancient history as the 6th grade dance as far as my kids are concerned. I’ve been working from home since my daughter was born five years ago. Last year in preschool, she was asked what her mother does while she’s at school. Her answer: “she orders things online and cleans a lot.” This is pretty typical....more

A Letter to the 18-Year-Old Daughter I Haven't Met Yet

I am a proud alumni of the University of Louisville. If you weren't familiar with it before October 2015, I'm sure you are by this point. And unfortunately, what you may associate with the University of Louisville is not something very positive. My Alma Mater has gained national attention because of a huge sex scandal dealing with our basketball team and a mother/daughter trio of sorts....more

Teenager vs. Aunt Heather Part 3 - Flexing the Attitude

Teenager vs. Aunt Heather Part 3 - Flexing the AttitudePerhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.  ~George Orwell...more

Getting A Handle On the Teenage Years

Getting A Handle On the Teenage Years'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.  ~J.D. Salinger...more