Have You Seen Tree Change Dolls?

I'm so excited about the Tree Change Dolls! A mom has been removing the face paint on Bratz and turning them into realistic looking dolls in hand-knit clothes. This combines so many of my concerns as a parent: reduced consumer waste and a positive body image for my kids. Hooray! ...more
ohthesimplejoys Aren't they wonderful? I want to try doing a make-under on a doll, but I'm not a ... more

I May Have Made Myself Unfriendable

My longest friendships are with women I have known since childhood … and who currently do not live anywhere near me....more
So many of us experience this. We are at the same time more connected and isolated than ever. more

What's the Deal With "Steak And Blow Job Day"?

When I first heard about "Steak and Blow Job Day," I cracked up laughing. My husband of seven months insisted that this "holiday," celebrated on March 14, was a day for men to be treated special. He said that I had to cook him a steak and give him a blow job to show him my appreciation. Since these were two things I did regularly, I shrugged him off; what made March 14th any different? He then asked, "Well don't you want extra special things on Valentine's Day? Don't I get you flowers all the time?" I had to admit that he had a point, so I humored him and looked online for more information because I wasn't convinced he wasn't pulling my chain. ...more
This really strikes me: "We should consider, though, why we continue to feminize romance and ... more

Let Me Fix That For You: A Dramaturge Explains What's Wrong With Patricia Arquette's Speech

In my former life, I was, among many other things, a dramaturge for young playwrights. In theater, a dramaturge is responsible for supporting the work of the playwright by doing research when necessary to ensure the play is historically and culturally correct. My job was to dig beyond the surface of the words to uncover deeper meanings and intentions. ...more
Well written. She blew what could have been an incredible moment of bringing people together in ... more

I Wish I'd Never Told Her To Hurry

She turned sixteen yesterday. She's no longer the sweet chubby-faced baby I knew so well. I knew every inch of her, in the knowing way of mothers, from the curls that swooped around her curving ears to her fat little toes I kissed each morning. I knew her quirks and her desires, how she liked her oatmeal and how her brother made her squeal. She made me beam with just her existence. And her face would light up like a mirror of mine when she saw me. ...more
Beautiful post.It's stunning how quickly the years fly by. more

The Wicked Stepmother Story Sets a Child Up for Failure

Disney and other fairytales make the idea of blended families a scary concept. The message is clear: The scariest concept for a young girl is the absence of her real mother; she will forever be alone in a cold world, isolated and unprotected. ...more
I'm a stepmother. My daughter also has a stepmother at her other home. I've often thought that ... more

How To Destroy Princess Culture With LEGO Friends

Growing up I had Barbie and Ninja Turtles. I had LEGO and cars and baby dolls and a massive Barbie mansion where all of my toys went to epic parties. Although my brother did not come for a while, my sister and I were raised for eight years of my life in a very gender neutral way by today's terms. ...more
Amazing post. I, too, am grateful for Lego friends... and for being parenting like a father who ... more

Mommy, What Does the F-Word Mean?

I’m playing Polly Pockets with my five-year-old because I’m such an attentive and devoted mother. Just kidding. I’m playing on my phone while occasionally cramming a tiny doll into an even tinier rubber dress, an act which I’m certain is a reenactment of the goings on in the ninth circle of hell. As Mari plucks off a doll’s head to replace it with a new one (See? Hell. Evil.), she says, “Mommy, why is the F-word a bad word?” ***screeching brakes sound*** “Ruh???” Like Scooby Doo. Or this monkey: ...more
hahahahahhahahh! I'm cracking up. more

When the Holidays Are Over and He Didn't Propose

I knew I wanted to marry my husband long before he asked me to marry him, which presented a problem: He was taking too long to propose. To compound this problem, he also made the mistake of asking me what shape of diamond I liked nearly a year before presenting me with a ring....more
My (second) husband and I would have been happy to go on dating without getting married for ... more

What You Can Learn From a Small Bathroom

We love the open-space feel of our little 1960s duplex, but boy is our one full bathroom small. We're talking wee tiny! It's adorable, but storage space gets tricky fast....more
Nicely done! more