5 Parenting Vows I'm Sticking To After Watching HBO's "Girls"

I'm transfixed by Lena Dunham and her friends on HBO's Girls. These self-absorbed, generally very unlikeable, and deeply flawed girls captivate me. However, as a feminist, as a GenX-er, as a woman whose twenties aren't in that distant in the past, I mostly want to scream at each of the girls,"What are you thinking?" 'Girls' courtesy of HBO ...more
I once heard a mother tell a 5 year old "you're better than those other kids".  It shocked me ... more

Debunking the "Terrible Teen" Myth: I Love Teenagers

If every parent of cherubic toddlers had a nickel for every time some well-meaning person chuckled and said, "Just wait until they're teenagers!," those parents would still be annoyed, but they'd also be filthy rich. For whatever reason, there is nothing more-seasoned parents love to do to new(ish) parents than warn them that someday, their beautiful babies will be teens -- and the implication is that this is a fate worse than death. ...more
We used to be nice and quiet on weekend mornings, trying not to wake the five sleeping teens ... ... more

How I Took My Autistic Son Off His Meds

My 12-year-old autistic son Leo was on the black box anti-psychotic medication Risperdal for almost four years. As of this writing, he's been off it for almost four weeks. Will he be okay? I hope so, but I'm not sure. Not yet....more
Bravo!  When the side effects outweigh the benefits then you have to take a serious look at the ... more

I Don't Like My Son Very Much Right Now

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m really tired of my son. The level of disrespect and general level of unhappiness is becoming so distressing that I’m barely functioning as his mother. I don’t want to be around him. I don’t want to do anything for him....more
You have to always love him, you don't have to always like him.  I have five teenagers (3 girls ... more

Would You Take Anti-Depressants While Pregnant?

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy leave moms with hard choices. First, we're warned that stress during pregnancy is bad for our babies. Then we're told that medication is bad for our babies. What's a mom to do? Alicia at Born Ready Baby shared her struggle, her choice and opens a discussion about how other moms might approach this difficult choice. ...more
I took Paxil for nine years and it completely changed my personality, into someone that was an ... more

An Open Letter to Ann Romney: Stop Misleading Women

An Open Letter to Ann Romney: Stop Misleading WomenDear Mrs. Romney,I’ve got a story for you....more
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New Moms, You're Doing a Great Job

Did you struggle with your kids this morning? How about on Sunday morning? Do you ever feel like you'll never be anywhere, especially church, on time and looking... normal? You're not alone. Gretchen at The Wright Place shares her memories of being a new mom and trying to get to church -- or anywhere. Do you remember being that new mom? ...more
As long as you are doing the best you can (and some days that is hot dogs for dinner and dishes ... more

Hold the Door for Me, Please!

In a crowded urban environment - or anywhere for that matter - small considerations are deeply appreciated:...more
I agree!  I think that we are becoming ruder (is that a word?) all the time.  I also want to ... more

Madame Senators: Meet the 20 Women of the 113th Senate!

Women made historic gains in the Senate last night: This past session, 17 women served; when the 113th Congress convenes in January, there will be 20 women representing their states in the U.S. Senate. Let's meet our Madame Senators! ...more
It really worries me that there are women out there who think that women SHOULDN'T be running ... more

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Multi-Task

Multi-tasking isn't possible. Well, not technically. It's just fast switching between one thing at a time. I get all passionate about this topic which is why I fell in love with this post that gives you five good reasons not to multi-task. ...more
They need a support group for us multitaskers ... of course they would have to get our ... more