Cheryl @ Mommypants

I'm a former newspaper sports journalist who now blogs about the real moments of parenting at Mommypants.

The one left behind

He's gotten a pancake and an ice cream cone and tortilla chips and a cookie. It stills the sound, for just a few moments. Grief is a tough thing for humans to wrap their heads around. Even when a death is unbelievable, at least we know, at the core of us, our loved one is not coming back to us. There is no way to explain this to a dog. You cannot sit him down and tell him his best friend, his sister from another mother, his pack member who he'd chased and barked with and slept next to for 10 1/2 years, is gone. ...more

How we celebrate (Christ)Mas and other things

      The sixth day of Chanukah is this Sunday, which also happens to be another holiday some of you might have heard of: Mas. Oh. Wait. Sorry. Did I just take the Christ out of Christmas? Apologies.But, frankly, appropriate for what goes on at our house.We have a Christmas tree but neither my husband nor I believe in Jesus. The holidays are secular for us, more about the traditions with which we grew up then about who or what me might or might not worship....more

The Right Call at Penn State. Finally.

I watched on TV as they shouted and chanted and turned over a television news van....more

A Rock Star. Finally! Thanks to Mom's Fashion File at BlogHer'11

A pink carpet. A hundred onlookers. Cameras. And me, about to strut my stuff. I couldn't wait. It took me a long time to celebrate this, to own my beauty, to silence the inner critic, to become comfortable in my own skin. This was my time to shine. I spent most of my teens and 20s feeling insecure and unattractive and like I didn't fit in. I focused on my career, and in my 30s, met and married my husband. I had three kids (two at home), ran two marathons, and now, at age 42, I like who I am....more
I wish I could see a closeup of the eyelashes!more

Speech Delays: Talk to Me

I look at his face, red now, with snot and tears and drool all mixing into one big, frustrated mess. He wants so much to tell me. Even more, he wants me to understand. Why aren’t I helping him? ...more
I can relate. My son will be 2 next week. We are also in speech therapy. We are seeing progress, ...more