Classes Parents *Should* Take

It was a good 5 minutes or so before I realized that the reason the grilled cheese sandwich wasn't cooking was because I never turned on the burner. Usually it's the other way around -- I turn it up high to heat it up fast, then burn the damn thing because I am flitting around the kitchen to one distraction or another: put milk in sippies, Cheerios for baby, put away 3, no make that 4 dishes, why are there crumbs all over the counter, where are the paper towels, don't throw the grapes on the floor, OH CRAP THE GRILLED CHEESE IS BURNING! Kinda like that. ...more

I should have a freakin' Masters by now with all the trial and error of parenting I have gone ... more

12 Tips on Finding Your Unique Sense of Humor From Comedian Margaret Cho

For BlogHer's monthly series of 12 tips to help you Own Your Beauty, comedian Margaret Cho takes on this month's theme: Humor....more

This one I have a tough time with. I don't want to offend etc.

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Does Friendship Really Have Expiration Dates?

I'm learning as I get older that friendships don't always last forever. Most don't. People come in and out of your life with nary a care and some people don't even notice. I'm the type of person when a friendship starts to fade, I cling more, call more, email more, and when the silence on the other end continues it is deafening to me. I have to learn to let go, give up more easily. ...more

Jodi,
This is such a tough one. As I have gotten older I realized yes, indeed there is a shelf ... more

Thoughts on Being A "Pretty Fat Girl"

Now, this isn’t the first time that this has happened to me. The “but you’ve got such a pretty face” write-off. As if my face discounts the size of my body, or my life-long struggle with weight. As if we are existing in some sort of hierarchy of fatness, where pretty faces sit at the top and everyone else has more of a right to hate their bodies than, let's say, I do. ...more

I could not agree with you more! I have always been on the heavier side but felt really good ... more

Did I Ruin My Girl By Giving Her a Nook?

When I wanted a new car for my sixteenth birthday, my parents told me they wouldn't give one to me even if they could. "If you get a new car now, what will you have to look forward to?" they said. I thought at the time it was one of those parent excuses that sound all lofty and idealistic but are really designed to cover up their own stinginess. ...more

Rita, I so feel your pain on this subject.
In the space of about 3 months my oldest got an ... more

BlogHer Ashleigh Burroughs One of 19 Shot Alongside Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

A BlogHer, Ashleigh Burroughs, was shot alongside Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Tucson yesterday in an incident that killed six people and wounded 13 others. Ashleigh survived the shooting, as her daughter, "Little Cuter" reports on her blog today:...more

Lisa,
Thank you for letting us know about this. I plan on sharing it with everyone I know as ... more

Are We Mean or Helpful When We Say "No Offense"?

If you just throw in a “No Offense,” anything can be said and no one’s feelings should be hurt. When my kiddos say these things, I am not sure how to respond. They are trying to be honest, but in their heart of hearts, they know it might be mean. So do they opt to NOT say it or just throw in that phrase? It made me wonder also: Do they get this from me? ...more

Nordette,
I was a counselor through college at a camp called SuperCamp. Great place that taught ... more

Are We Mean or Helpful When We Say "No Offense"?

If you just throw in a “No Offense,” anything can be said and no one’s feelings should be hurt. When my kiddos say these things, I am not sure how to respond. They are trying to be honest, but in their heart of hearts, they know it might be mean. So do they opt to NOT say it or just throw in that phrase? It made me wonder also: Do they get this from me? ...more

Oh, man, you had to bring up the horrible childhood memory. I am so sorry you had to go through ... more

Are We Mean or Helpful When We Say "No Offense"?

If you just throw in a “No Offense,” anything can be said and no one’s feelings should be hurt. When my kiddos say these things, I am not sure how to respond. They are trying to be honest, but in their heart of hearts, they know it might be mean. So do they opt to NOT say it or just throw in that phrase? It made me wonder also: Do they get this from me? ...more

Are We Mean or Helpful When We Say "No Offense"?

If you just throw in a “No Offense,” anything can be said and no one’s feelings should be hurt. When my kiddos say these things, I am not sure how to respond. They are trying to be honest, but in their heart of hearts, they know it might be mean. So do they opt to NOT say it or just throw in that phrase? It made me wonder also: Do they get this from me? ...more

Again, wonderful thoughts! The idea that we can disagree with someone for fear of being ... more

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