Why Can't I Handle My Husband's Travel?

There's this thing going on in my life right now that I keep wanting to write about and keep feeling like I can't. ...more
I've been in both situations, the frequent transitions of frequent, short travel, and the long ... more

Yes, Virginia, You Have a Favorite Kid

Anyone who says they don't have a favorite kid is LYING. In fact, they're probably the same person who, when asked in the first three months of motherhood how it was treating them, responded with "oh it's wonderful, being a mommy is such a beautiful thing." Again with the lies! Motherhood isn't beautiful! It's messy, pudgy, wrinkly, chaotic, snotty, and often times extremely smelly. ...more
I have 3 children, and I frequently let them know which one is my favorite. I frequently have a ... more

How Much Salt is Too Much Salt?

I love salt and use it liberally in my food. I've always congratulated myself on not eating a lot of processed food and instead making everything from scratch. But as I read Michael Moss's Salt, Sugar, Fat, I started to realize that just because I'm making my bread or tomato sauce doesn't mean that I get unlimited rations of salt, sugar, or fat. So how much salt is too much salt? ...more
I don't limit my salt intake because I have a, don't hate me, sodium deficiency. For years, my ... more

Is There an Age Limit for Bikinis?

In preparation for an upcoming family weekend at an indoor water park, I made a bold move. I found my bikini tucked in the back of the drawer and put it on — in the dead of winter. Brave! Credit Image: electricnerve on Flickr...more
Since I'm the mom in the pigtails and short tutu (dodgeball costume) who has kids ages 16, 13, ... more

10 Things About Going to the Movies With Kids

I took my son to see The Lego Movie today, and yes, it WAS awesome. We both laughed, we had a great time. Creative Commons License Some Rights Reserved by ...more
So… Love it, and I have a few more experienced mom suggestions (given that my children are old ... more

My Doctor Judged Me for Wanting to Have Sex, for Not Being a "Selfless Mother"

Most women (parents or not) are probably familiar with the image of the selfless mother. You might, in fact, be so familiar with it that you don't even think about a mother without automatically assuming how selfless she is. After all, the American ideal seems to scream that we women should think of nothing but our children once they are born. And I will try (and fail, right here, right now) not to mention the fact that motherhood is basically still a given in our society and those who decide they don't want children are still seen as oddballs. ...more
Ummm, yeah, siding with the doctor on this one. If you want to think about it in terms of you ... more

I Let a Third Grade Snob Get to Me

My nine year old daughter, Kiera, frequently comes home with a host of tales about a particular girl in her class. I’ll call her Claire. Claire is, like, uber fashionable. “So in style,” gushes Kiera. Kiera was enamored with her at first. Claire is new to the school and just exudes coolness. Apparently. "She’s already soooo popular, mom,” says Kiera. To make things even more interesting, Claire gives Kiera all kinds of fashion and style tips. ...more
Sonja Essen AcesMom Bourbon Girl erdoo I am not suggesting that we don't protect our children, ... more

I Let a Third Grade Snob Get to Me

My nine year old daughter, Kiera, frequently comes home with a host of tales about a particular girl in her class. I’ll call her Claire. Claire is, like, uber fashionable. “So in style,” gushes Kiera. Kiera was enamored with her at first. Claire is new to the school and just exudes coolness. Apparently. "She’s already soooo popular, mom,” says Kiera. To make things even more interesting, Claire gives Kiera all kinds of fashion and style tips. ...more
erdoo Perhaps, just perhaps since I don't actually know the little girl, just children in ... more

Child Porn: My View as a Mother After My Cousin’s Arrest

Seven years. That was the sentence my cousin received as the result of an undercover sting operation charging him for possession and receipt of child porn after receiving forwarded e-mails. My cousin: a college graduate, military recruit, and responsible son, with a life of promise that he had just obliterated by an uninhibited quest for a heinous arousal. ...more
Your cousin was providing a market for child pornography. He may not have ever personally harmed ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Stepping outside my comfort zone so that my son can step outside his.  http://bit.ly/1iDcZ11 more