Letting Kids Climb a Tree Is Not a Crime

I missed my kids a lot this weekend. It’s rare that I leave them for a few hours so it’s incredibly rare to find me leaving for a few days. My momma heart ached being so far away, so feeling them in my arms could not come soon enough today....more
You are a better woman that me... because I would have not only given her a piece of my mind, ... more

Looking to Share a Hilton Room

I am looking for someone to split a room at the Hilton with Wednesday through Sunday.I was late getting a reservation in and am crossing my fingers someone has a room to share!  (I have excellent "references" from my 2010 BlogHer roomates!)Please!I will love you forever!

I Just Want Her to Be Free

Most of my readers know I lost my sister in October. It was sudden after we all learned the extent of how sick she really was. (Including her)All people mourn in different ways. Some people hide their sorrow in a bottle or a glass of wine and others like myself dive into work and children to keep their mind going long enough to make it through the day. Often when my kids are in bed for the night I have my moments fueled by quiet, my thoughts and always a song that reminds me of her bright spirit....more
 @ShoreBookworm Thank you Marie... It really does help putting it in those terms. And I really ... more

My Blog Got My Daughter Kicked Out of Preschool

On Friday, my daughter was expelled from her preschool. Why? Because I had a disagreement with the director -- and then I blogged about it. Here is the timeline of events. ...more
I know I am coming VERY late to this, but I am SHOCKED! I actually have blogged about an issue ... more

Show & Tell: NieNie Asks -- Are You Ready for Back to School?

It's almost that time -- school. Are you ready? How have you prepared -- or not prepared -- for school this year? I want to know! Leave a comment or a photo and show me. ...more
Not yet... and it is our first year taking on school! Our oldest starts on September 5th and I ... more

Confessions of a First-time Kindergarten Mom

Three years ago, when my son was barely two, a good friend’s oldest son was starting kindergarten. In her minivan, probably still in pajama pants with a toddler in the back seat, she followed her beloved’s bus all the way school that first morning. After all, the bus could have rolled over and landed unseen in a ditch. The driver could have been a kidnapper -- or drunk! I teased her, with love of course, certain that I would easily embrace my son’s growing older and kick him, ever so gently, straight onto that bus and never look back. But now I’m the one whose first born is headed off to kindergarten. I’m thinking of not simply following the bus -- that’s for amateurs. I’m going to ride WITH him. I mean, how thorough was the bus driver’s background check exactly?...more

Confessions of a First-time Kindergarten Mom

Three years ago, when my son was barely two, a good friend’s oldest son was starting kindergarten. In her minivan, probably still in pajama pants with a toddler in the back seat, she followed her beloved’s bus all the way school that first morning. After all, the bus could have rolled over and landed unseen in a ditch. The driver could have been a kidnapper -- or drunk! I teased her, with love of course, certain that I would easily embrace my son’s growing older and kick him, ever so gently, straight onto that bus and never look back. But now I’m the one whose first born is headed off to kindergarten. I’m thinking of not simply following the bus -- that’s for amateurs. I’m going to ride WITH him. I mean, how thorough was the bus driver’s background check exactly?...more
Amen, it is amazing to see someone else right alongside of me, and I actually wrote about this ... more

Why Our Parents Put Us To Shame

I often think about how we survived under the watch of our parents. There were no infant seats (how did you get anywhere with me in the car?), no seat belts (ok, there were seat belts, but they weren't safe and no one wore them), people smoked basically everywhere, we gnawed happily on plastic and toys full of lead, climbed on high steel monkey bars, and electrical outlets were always in plain view and ready for a zappin'.Parenting standards have obviously changed over the years (and most for good reason), but here's why I say our parents rocked....more
I think it is really hit or miss today... Yeah, our parents got away with a lot of stuff, but ... more

Week 1: Explore BlogHer.com and Win a BlogHer ’11 Conference Pass

In September, we introduced you to the new BlogHer.com design. We are thrilled by the enthusiastic feedback we've received. Since then, we've continued to make improvements (with more to come in 2011). We'd love for you to dig in to BlogHer.com and tell us what you think. And since it is the season to give, we also want to offer you a chance to win some great prizes after you've taken a twirl around the site. Each week until the end of the year, we’ll be offering a chance at a fabulous prize for your feedback! ...more

I like to think I am pretty tech savvy but before I found myself lost on the site sometimes. ... more

Park 51: On Building a Mosque Near Ground Zero

When I first caught wind that there were plans brewing to build a mosque near Ground Zero, my initial thoughts were: Are you serious? Why on earth would anyone want to build a Muslim place of worship near the site of the 9/11 attacks? ...more

Obama is Anti-Christian now? See, this is how ignorant rumors get started. more