Sorry, No Helicopter Moms Allowed In My Airspace

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter (a 4th-grader) wants a playdate with a friend from her class. I reached out to the mom who was happy to set something up but then added, "I don't let her go to playdates alone, so I will be there as well." This girl must be 9 or 10 years old. What the hell? Does this seem a little overprotective? I mean, yes, come meet me, of course! Hang out for a  bit, but two hours?!! My daughter wants the first playdate at our house, so what can I do?Signed,My daughter wants a playdate, not me...more
I simply cannot fathom inviting myself into someone else's home. If you're not comfortable ... more

Thoughts and Concerns on Sibling Spacing: What's the Right Age Difference?

The more we've ventured out during our days, the more I've realized that Ada not only isn't so little anymore, but also is in the growing minority of children her age sans sibling(s). Obviously this isn't a worldwide minority, and -- quite frankly -- I'm a bit shocked that there are SO many people going for number two so soon. Yeah. In our little circle, it seems most mamas with kids over a year are either toting around a newborn, announcing pregnancy, or bursting with third trimester goodness....more
I wanted my kids close-ish together, so we started trying when my daughter was about 14 months ... more

Analysis of a Public Tantrum: How We (Both) Survived

Picture it: I'm at my sons' school this morning selling raffle tickets and wrist bands for the upcoming school carnival. My 4-year-old daughter is with me. It's her first time tagging along with me on a volunteering day. Why? Because I assume she can handle it, and might even enjoy being at school with her big brothers. The buses are arriving, kids are flocking to my table -- THOUSANDS of them,* crowding around, impatiently holding out dollar bills, demanding service. My darling daughter decides right now is the perfect time to have a tantrum. A screaming, crying, snot dripping, feet stomping, collapse in your chair tantrum....more
I've got one kid *just* on the other side of Mount Tantrum, and one due in two months so I get ... more

Considering What Unites Us

While I read Alex George's A Good American I thought a lot about what it means to belong -- to a church, a town, a country, a family. Frederick didn't belong to Jette's social strata, so they had to leave their homeland in order to be together. When they reach America, they do not end up in the town they intended to settle in, but they put down roots there....more
I don't identify much with my pre-husband family. My husband and I are united by our children ... more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
@Florinda It's my instant pick me up song too! more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
@bourriquet76 Not to fellow Canadians of a similar age :) more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
@Heather Haley David Bowie is a God among mortals and he should make everyone feel happy, all ... more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
"Here Comes the Sun" never fails to lift me out of a funk. It HAS been a long, cold lonely ... more

Is Your Life an Opera?

In Alex George's A Good American music is important to the lives of the characters and is integral to the plot. Jette and Frederick meet when he serenades her in a park. They find help in New Orleans from someone that Frederick met through music. This same man will come back into their lives and greatly impact their future. Frederick and Jette's sons and grandsons are all singers....more
My childhood was an old-school country song full of sadness and OMG will the hits never end? ... more

The Onion’s Racist Treatment of Quvenzhané Wallis at the 2013 Oscars

I love the Oscars. Every year, I sit down happily with wine and treats to watch the movies that I’ve been checking out and loving get nominated and honoured. This year, Les Miserables was my favourite, and I really highly enjoyed the performances by the cast and the speeches being made by everyone involved. Oscar Night didn’t disappoint in its general award-ceremony-ness -- but then it did....more
The tweet was repugnant. Shocking, even. Though they can't ever take it back, The Onion has ... more