A Modern Day Hero Against Bad Parenting

Erin’s dad was at the Manhattan Beach Bagel Company -- one of his usual haunts -- spread out with his breakfast and the newspaper, poised to enjoy a lovely morning. Then the wrecking crew came in. A tattered, wits-end-looking couple and their two little terrors, trailing a veritable monster truck rally of plastic vehicles. Which they proceeded to race around, bumping into other patrons and causing a general ruckus. Meanwhile, the parents sat enjoying their breakfast in a dreamlike state of oblivion....more
I love this story. Good for Erin's dad. The real issue isn't that kids misbehave in public -- ... more

Why I Won't Let My Child Watch The Muppets, Toy Story or The Lion King

But "old enough" can be such a relative term. Is an explosion OK? How about if someone punches someone else? What about an innuendo that soars right over his head but that he might decide to quote on the playground later? But that isn't even the real reason I hold off. It's because I love these movies so much, I want the kids to really appreciate what they're seeing. They won't get the Star Wars reference in the second Toy Story until after they've seen Empire, for instance. They wouldn't understand why Uncle Scar was being so mean to Simba in Lion King. If they don't get the movie, they won't like the movie....more
For the record, my son has seen "Cars," "Toy Story," most of "The Lion King" and (unfortunately) ... more

Hair and Femininity: I Cut My Hair and Opened My Eyes

I decided to take the leap. My hair wasn't making me look fatter or skinnier or complementing really anything about me -- it's never been my best feature, it is just my damn hair. I felt good about it, I reminded myself, as I crumpled my picture of Michelle Williams in my sweating fists. ...more
I like this post! I think ultra-short hair can be very flattering and feminine (like on Emma ... more

A Mom's Letter to Santa Claus

Dear Santa: I write this letter to you using my son's pencil... on the back of this bill statement while I do laundry. I have been a good mother during this past year. I have fed, kept clean, and taken care of my kids accordingly. I have seen my kid's doctor more than I have seen mine. I have sold cookies and any other bullshit thing to raise money for my kids' school activities. Santa, I have never requested anything for myself after the age of ten, but I thought that perhaps this year could be an exception. As far as this piece of paper lets me write my wishlist down, I'll write down my requests:...more
This is way funny. I would also like my old belly back. more

Parenting Is to Dancing...

I once said, "I parent better in public." It was a true statement at the time, and I've been working on it ever since. That's why I absolutely adored this post by Angie at The Little Mumma. She compared parenting to the opposite of dancing. Also, she gives you permission to say, "Today sucked." It's the perfect, honest post for the hard stuff of parenting. ...more
This is exactly right. I think I parent better in public too. more

Star Trek Quiet Book

When I was younger, my mom made us a quiet book. You know, a really fun fabric book with buttons, zippers, velcro all geniously designed to keep kids busy and quiet in appropriate places.. i.e church, appointments, meetings. Well, now grown up my self and getting ready for my first baby, I decided I should try my hand at a quiet book. But not just any quiet book, I wanted to do a themed one - because everything is more fun to make when it's themed...and what's more fun than sci-fi themes....and what's the greatest sci-fi show ever created?Star Trek....more
I totally love this. Always nice to see there are other geek parents out there. more

Surviving My Daughter's Surgery

There's this scene in Pay it Forward when Helen Hunt's character realizes that her son has died on the operating room table. Her knees buckle, the roots of her giving out, and she is lost inside herself as skin meets with tile. This fate could have easily been Erika's on Tuesday when her daughter went in for surgery. ...more
Surgery is a scary thing. My son had eye surgery last year -- it went fine, but just the run-up ... more

The Baby Doll Dilemma: Is It About the Doll or About Annoying His Sister?

we all cooed over kiddette and her purple goo-gooing doll, and how funny it was that she knew just what to do with the doll, and isn't it strange how she took right to dolls and stuffed animals while her big brother went right for trucks and cars and airplanes and Legos. And then kiddo noticed the doll. Promptly he became obsessed with it....more
That's awesome, Lucinda -- how did the nurturing differ? more

The "So What?" Lesson

I could learn a lot from Dominique Browning about gardening. The parts in Slow Love where she talked about her gardens and her approach to gardening were some of my favorites. Perhaps because when it comes to gardening I am a big chicken. Yes, I am scared of my flower beds. ...more
Heh. I am completely "so what" in my gardening approach. I have no idea what the chemical makeup ... more

The Baby Doll Dilemma: Is It About the Doll or About Annoying His Sister?

we all cooed over kiddette and her purple goo-gooing doll, and how funny it was that she knew just what to do with the doll, and isn't it strange how she took right to dolls and stuffed animals while her big brother went right for trucks and cars and airplanes and Legos. And then kiddo noticed the doll. Promptly he became obsessed with it....more
This sounds fairly unanimous. Thanks, everyone. And I will check out that book, Lisen, thanks. ... more
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