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 have a very verbal child and trying to put myself in your shoes makes my heart hurt. It has to ... more

A Call for the End of Birthday Party Presents

Having my kids attend birthday parties is a budget item in my life – one that is expensive, and annoying, and time consuming. And so, I make a call for the end of having to buy other kids birthday presents. Below, I have drafted an email that I plan to send to any parent who invites my child to a birthday party, effective immediately. Feel free to use this email in your own social circles. I like providing useful tools like this to my friends....more

I don't have birthday parties for my son. Granted, he's only turning 2 this year, but I don't ... more

"We Don't Keep Secrets in Our Family"

I'll have you know, 30 mph feels very slow. As we pulled into the parking lot, I cleared my throat and said, "Owen, can you please not tell your father about this?" His voice sliced the air, sharp like steel. "Mommy. We don't keep secrets in our family." ...more

Can have such powerful meaning and this just illustrates how much.

thanks for ... more

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WARNING: This post will make you squirm! Do not read on if you get embarrassed easily.... consider yourself warned! Thanks for the little postcard reminder that it's that time of year again, for me at least.... Time for the well-vagina check. YUCK! I KNOW I am not alone in, pardon me, ON this one.......more

I'm always afraid that I will have to fart. That fear comes back each time and I think it makes ... more

Doing Things For Ourselves Cause Ripples

I felt that every day was exactly the same as the last. I woke up to the exact same tasks every day, and it was monotonous. I was so bored with everything and nothing seemed to change except that my children were slightly larger and didn’t really want me to be around as much as they used to. I didn’t know what to do. ...more

And I find I get sucked back in simply because other people may not want me to change. That can ... more

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Use Comic Sans

Do not adjust your dial. The foreign-looking font that you see in this post is intentional. Please bear with me! Yes, I am using Comic Sans MS -- the font that is so ugly that it has inspired a fierce and mighty "Ban Comic Sans" movement -- because I care about your brain development and I want you to learn. I am using Comic Sans MS because I love you....more

I like Comic Sans. I don't use it everyday, but I do like it.
I"m in charge of the Fun ... more

In the Hospital, I Became "That Mom"

He hit her in the face.He hit her in the face again.Doesn't he know that's my baby?How hard would it be to work slower, tug gentler, move that cord so that it stops hitting her repeatedly in the face? How hard would it be to cradle her head gently in his hands, rather than turning it to the side by pulling on the tube in her mouth?Can't he see it's upsetting her?Can't he see it's upsetting me?...more

And that is really all I need to say.

tara

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The Twouble with Twiblings

Many newspapers are running the story of what they’re calling the “twiblings”: two babies born days apart to the same parents via surrogacy. In other words, the parents worked with two surrogates simultaneously in order to transfer embryos to both at the same time which resulted in each surrogate carrying a child, delivering them within days of each other. So they have boy-girl twins … from separate wombs. ...more

I haven't read or thought a lot about this subject so my comments below are meant to show my ... more

The Red Underwear: Gifts and Grief

We move through our time on this earth doing a million and ten things, with a thousand and one goals, and tens of hundreds of to-do lists. But in our minds are bigger thoughts: I want to turn my kids into good people, I want to leave the world a little better than I found it, I want to touch someone’s life. And often -– in the cosmic humor that surrounds us –- we raise amazing people, make things better, touch people in amazing ways but don’t know, or never see. ...more

for sharing this story. So much.

A beautiful tribute to an obviously wonderful woman in your ... more

Is there enough Me in We?

If you are married, how would you live your life if you weren't married? Would your life be much different then it is now? Would you do different things with your free time? Would you live in a different location? Would you have a different career or would you go back to school to learn about what currently interests you?...more

Sounds like you had a great discussion. One I think that my husband and I also need to have. ... more