Shannon Hembree

I am a stay-at-home mom with a Kindergartner and twin toddlers. In between eating bon bons and watching soap operas (ha ha), I am also a freelance writer. If you think this is a recipe for insanity, you are correct. To help save my sanity (at least I thought so at the time), I launched a website for moms at www.mamasagainstdrama.com with a good friend of mine. In my life before kids, I was the Director of Marketing at a government relations/public relations firm in Washington, DC. Prior to that, I was the Deputy Director of Correspondence and Presidential Messages in the Clinton Administration. Clearly, writing is an itch I just can't scratch. Stay tuned...with twins and a Kindergartner (and sleep deprivation thrown in the mix), you never know what will happen next! 

The Art of Compromise and the Gun Control Debate

The other day, I was trying to explain the art of compromise to my daughter. “Government,” I told her, “can’t function without compromise.” Oh right, I thought, bad example, because we aren’t exactly excelling on that front these days. The debate over gun control immediately popped into my head. Because doesn’t it seem like no one is willing to compromise on that front? At all? Ever? On either side? On any part of it?So here goes, my totally irreverent take on what’s going on today…...more

The Parents’ Guide to Severe Weather Planning

I’m sitting here writing this while hanging out with my good friend, Sandy. Well, we’re not good friends really. To be honest, I think she’s kind of a bitch. I even had to prepare for her visit. And really, Sandy blows. A lot....more

How Do You Talk to Your Child About Difficult Subjects?

How do you talk to your child about difficult subjects? What do you say when someone passes you in a wheelchair, and your child demands to know (in a very loud voice) why he or she can’t have a cool ride like that? And how about skin color? If it hasn’t come up because your children are too young, be prepared, because it will. People come in every shape, size, and color. Some have two arms and two legs, and some don’t. Some can see, and some can’t. How do you teach your children about people being different?...more

Is it Our Bad Parenting or Our Bad Behavior?

This week, I saw yet another piece online about the evils of helicopter parenting. The gist was something along the lines of how if you know where your kids are at all times it’s a bad thing. Of course, I couldn’t resist a rant....more

I don’t need sleep. I need coffee.

I’ve recently ventured back into the land of sleep deprivation. I’m not talking about the regular version of this parental ailment; I’m talking about the fall-on-your-face-you-are-so-tired version you have when your kids are newborns. The thing is…my boys are three....more

Groundhog Day in the ER

This week has been a funny little week – not funny as in ha ha, but funny as in…different. I spent two of the last several days in the emergency room with two different kids. In a strange twist of fate, the two got the exact same injury – a chin laceration that needed to be stitched – on different days and in different ways. So as not to chalk this last week up to a total loss, I have started making a list of the valuable lessons I learned from it. Here are a couple gems I have come up with thus far:...more

Things that Go Bump in the Night

Who doesn’t like a good scare – and by scare, I mean a good old-fashioned ghost story, not the scare you get when you realize that your three year old left the playground without telling you, which by the by, happened to me this week. But I digress....more

Sometimes Losing is the Lesson

Can we talk kids sports for a minute? It’s the Olympics after all, and those athletes likely started young. I have a love-hate relationship with kids sports. First the love – they keep kids active – and equally as important – out of the house. They help kids improve their coordination, foster their sense of teamwork, and learn the importance of healthy bodies. On the downside, they are expensive, they require you to be an on-call chauffeur, and they are a huge time suck. Oh yes, and have I mentioned the sports parents?...more
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How to Set Your Child Up to Fail

The question of whether or not our kids should be taught that they are special has come up a lot recently. Should we tell our kids they are special? Should we tell them they aren’t special and have to earn that title? To muddy the waters even further, this whole discussion of whether or not our children are ‘special’ has been taking place within the ongoing hoopla of whether or not helicopter parenting is turning the next generation of children into a needy and helpless band of wastrels who wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the Hunger Games....more

How Far Would You Go to Protect Your Child? Would You Kill Someone?

I try to avoid the news. Okay, not all the news -- just the news that talks about cannibals eating someone’s face off or something along those lines. I mean, dear Lord, is it really necessary to run a headline on that story and then put a warning about graphic photos? Does the world really need to see graphic photos of a man whose face was eaten off by a cannibal? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…no. I did, however, break my no-sensational-story rule when I saw the headline, “Texas dad beats 4-year-old daughter's alleged attacker to death” in the Los Angeles Times....more
@souschef I agree with you 100% and MORE. I am just as outraged about that fact as you are, if ...more