No Rainbows. No Butterflies. Reality of a Failed Adoption.

We were very busy in the month of May and June preparing for a little bundle of joy. A baby girl that we spent six months waiting for. A successful quick placement with a birthmother who picked us to be parents of her unborn child. A girl. I wanted a girl so badly, our whole family has boys. This was meant to be....more
I know that there are no words that can really comfort now, but please know you are in my ... more

Crying It Out | Why We Aren't Doing It

I was recently browsing some popular baby forums, and happened to come across a post by a mom who was 'sleep-training' her 4 month old using the 'cry it out' (CIO) method. This mother was using a variation of Ferber sleep training....more
The truest statement was there is no one size fits all.  You have to know your child, and ... more

Should Marriage Proposals Be So Public?

Let’s set the scene.You’re leaving work and your partner texts:“Meet me at Le Chateau Blanche at 7:00 p.m.”You don’t have anything planned and it is one of your favorite places, so you text back: “Awesome! See you soon! I’m not really dressed up or anything…”...more
I would hope the guy would know his girlfriend/future spouse well enough to know if she'd enjoy ... more

I'm a Mean Mom and I Don't Bluff

"If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." No attention was paid toward my words. I repeated, slowly, firmly and a lot louder: "If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." She heard me. She heard me every time. No attention toward my words again — for the fifth time in 5 minutes. (I know because she'd look at me dead in the eye and then deliberately turn away, purposefully neglecting to react.) ...more
Ugh, just had an episode like this with my 8 yr old.  We have a witching hour just before bed ... more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of the pool. After several lessons, she made some headway but ultimately our little mule stood firm and refused to go in the deep end. ...more
My 5yo recently had a bad day at Tball.  He got in trouble before we left the house and carried ... more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of the pool. After several lessons, she made some headway but ultimately our little mule stood firm and refused to go in the deep end. ...more
MelanieMorris  This woman invited herself over to their house to criticize their parenting.  ... more

A Letter to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Jim Bob and Michelle: I am not going to mince words. YOU HAVE FAILED YOUR DAUGHTERS. It is your job to protect them. You did not. Instead, you chose to protect your son....more
DesertFlower MinnesotaJoY  You are an inspiration in strength.  To be able to continue to seek ... more

A Letter to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Jim Bob and Michelle: I am not going to mince words. YOU HAVE FAILED YOUR DAUGHTERS. It is your job to protect them. You did not. Instead, you chose to protect your son....more
Well said. more

A Letter to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Jim Bob and Michelle: I am not going to mince words. YOU HAVE FAILED YOUR DAUGHTERS. It is your job to protect them. You did not. Instead, you chose to protect your son....more
It begs the question if he committed these acts because something similar was done to him, as is ... more

Why Wouldn't I Honor My Mom and Mother-in-Law on Mother's Day?

As a mother of younger boys I look forward to Mother's day. Being a Mom is 90% thankless, hard work. But on Mother's day, for one blessed day (or, at least a few sweet minutes of the day before they all ask what's for breakfast?) I am appreciated and loved. ...more
StrollerSavvy  I don't understand the mothers who resent having to celebrate OTHER mothers!  ... more