10 End-of-Year Gifts Teachers Will Love

At the end of the year, many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. The best advice I have is: Know thy teacher. So, for example, if you're not certain the teacher drinks alcohol, don't offer a bottle of wine, and don't give gift certificates to a big, corporate bookstore like Barnes & Noble to someone who was petitioning the city council not to allow any more big box stores into your town because they drive out local businesses. ...more
Something that's not been mentioned here but I know my daughter's teacher LOVES would be ... more

The 3 Biggest Myths About Infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is coming up on April 19, which is a perfect chance to bust some common infertility myths. These are the three I hear most frequently. ...more
BlondewithSilver ugh - clomid.  Shudder.  I get PTSD from the word.  No relaxation about that! ... more

When Should You Let a Girl Start Shaving Her Legs?

People have opinions about when to let a girl start shaving her legs. My almost-eleven-year-old daughter casually asked about it earlier this month, and so I did what any normal mother would do: I posted the question on Facebook....more
I go back to what my mom told me. "Once you start you can never stop.  Once you're ready for ... more

Friday's School Shooting Happened in My Small Town

"Mom, there's been a shooting at MP. Someone is dead and we don't know who the shooter is." I was just leaving my Zumba class Friday morning when my son called me with those words. MP is Marysville-Pilchuck, one of two high schools in our town of 60,000 people. My son attends Marysville-Getchell (MG), but I could hear the terror in his voice. ...more
I'm not too far south of you.  Thinking of all you folks as well as the Tulalip family.  We ... more

Can You Please Stop Looking at Your Phone?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I just got together with a relatively new friend for a playdate. Our kids got along great, but she was constantly on her phone. When did it become okay to have a conversation while looking at your phone? I wanted to say something but thought she might get offended. Any advice?...more
I was actually going to follow that up with - all of my friends and family know what's going on ... more

Can You Please Stop Looking at Your Phone?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I just got together with a relatively new friend for a playdate. Our kids got along great, but she was constantly on her phone. When did it become okay to have a conversation while looking at your phone? I wanted to say something but thought she might get offended. Any advice?...more
Ohhhh...this again. :-)  Every time I read an article like this I'm overcome with mom guilt and ... more

New Jersey Judge Rules That Leaving Kids in the Car Is Child Abuse

So there's this: An appeals court in NJ ruled that leaving any child, of any age in a car alone for any amount of time is child abuse. *sigh* Stuff like this makes me crazy because it's so black and white and such an extreme overreaction. Child abuse? Really? You're going to equate leaving a kid alone in a car for a matter of minutes with beating the shit out of them? That's insane....more
So you're telling me that a 16 year old is old enough to DRIVE the car, but not old enough to be ... more

The Post I Didn't Want to Write

BlogHer has a list of writing prompts to help you get through NaBloPoMo. I pretty much had a plan for this month, but I figured I would peruse it anyway because it’s BlogHer and I’m sure their ideas are a lot more interesting than mine. There it was, a gem: What post would you like to write but haven’t? Two automatically popped into my head. My husband knows one of them, and has strictly forbidden me to ever write about it as long as he lives. The other is more personal to me, but maybe getting it off my chest might help -- or, at the very least, help someone else. ...more
Stuck At Home Mom I love hearing this story - I too have a girl and a boy I should be "happy ... more

10 Bloggers Respond to Mrs. Hall's Letter with Thoughts on Slut-Shaming, Respect, and Selfies

As a mom of two boys, I have high hopes of teaching them many important lessons. Things like compassion and acceptance, the importance of education and hard work, the benefit of a leap of faith versus never trying due to fear of failure, and of course, respect. Respect remains one of those Big Things in our home -- for all people, in all ways, both physically and emotionally. You don't get to be a jerk just because you think you can, neither do you get to put your hands on someone else. As such, my gut-reaction to the now viral letter that Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls posting "seductive" selfies on Instagram and thus tempting her precious sons... well... I'm having a hard time with the general concept. ...more
@luna This was one of my favorite posts on the subject.  Thanks for listing it. more

6 Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves

I've heard it all before: stay-at-home moms with endless excuses, reasonings, logic and lies that we tell ourselves (and other people) of how and why we are the exceptions to many social norms. "I'm too busy as a SAHM to be able to do that during the day." "People should understand because I'm a SAHM." "Well, that's easy for her to do because she's not a SAHM." Ladies, it's all bull. It really is. ...more
@The Learning Mama moms, not mom's.  Sorry up to late last night. :-) more