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
@difbutdeterm  I did read your post(s) all the way through, I just think that you came off as ... 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
@MikeCrowder She doesn't seem to be talking about "strict adherence to the rules."  She simply ... 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
@Laine Griffin  @difbutdeterm Love this reply to difbutdeterm, Laine.  You hit the nail on the ... more

No Kids Came to His Birthday Party -- and I Don't Appreciate It!

The Universe kicked my butt today a little bit in the form of Michael's no-kids-came birthday party. I'm tough and can handle stuff like that, but I felt badly for Michael. Here's the thing: I appreciate the dad who came by with a gift and said his kid had stayed up too late, got up too early and was just a whipped mess. That was cool of him to come by and give a gift and explain. That is a stand-up person. I appreciate the person who has a long drive and called to say she was having a hard time getting all her kids together....more
My heart breaks for your son :(   This is the exact reason I only have a big "party" for my son ... more

Creamy Slow Cooker Spaghetti

[Editor's Note: I've worked with no-bake lasagna noodles, but have never tried the equivalent technique with spaghetti before I gave this recipe a try. It's an incredibly easy way to make a satisfying spaghetti with meat sauce—and I even added some sliced and sauteed mushrooms to the browned ground beef to give it a bit of a vegetable boost. --Genie] ...more
So funny that you just posted, this, because I have spaghetti in my crockpot as we speak!!! ... more

Everyone Yells: It's What You Do After That Counts

Have you ever met one of those people who will swear up and down that they have never yelled at their kids? It probably made you second-guess your own interactions with your kids as you try to slide the dust bunnies back under the couch because along with their "I never yell at my kids" admission is also the heartfelt assurance that their house is spotless. Here's a secret, they are lying to you. It's not to make you feel bad (it might be). Rather, they want to believe and erase the memory of being the one to cause the kind of pain that comes from being a jerk that makes a child cry. And, everyone wants a clean house. But we can all be jerks. It's part of being human. It's what we do afterwards that counts....more
Yes, I sometimes yell.  And I apologize after when it is warranted. My son has, hopefully, ... more

10 Things I'm Glad No One Told Me About Becoming a Mom

Awhile back I read a post by author Julie Buxbaum titled, Ten Things Every New Mom Should Know. It is hilarious and right on point. It got me thinking about pregnancy, motherhood and all the things I didn't expect and/or didn't like. It made me wonder if knowing these things would have affected my choice to have children....more
I didn't suffer from 1, 6, or 8 but the others were pretty spot-on!!  more

Please, Don't Touch My Child's Face

We were very lucky to not experience too many people trying to touch Norah when she was a newborn. We got lots of, "Congrats, she's cute" in the store but people politely kept their distance. Suddenly now that she's older that is all different. Now that Norah (who is currently almost 10-months-old) is old enough to sit in the grocery cart she is apparently free game. You'd think that seeing as I have a cart cover to protect her from all of the flesh eating viruses (shopping carts are where those are found right??), people would realize I'm one of THOSE parents....more
I think people are way too sensitive about this issue.  My son was an adorable baby and ... more

"Defriending" on Facebook

So, I defriended someone today on facebook. I don't normally do this, because I always feel like they are going to know and it's going to be awkward when we run into each other. But you know what? When you run into someone who is a facebook friend, and it IS awkward because they don't even say hello, then off the list they go!But I wish that there was some sort of drop down menu to select from when you defriend someone. If there were, I would like to add these as the optionsA. You are just too weird...more
You seem a bit oversensitive, really. As another person wrote, you don't know what may be going ... more

C-Section Remorse: "I Was Robbed of My Birth Experience"

Throughout my pregnancy, I never considered the possibility that I would have a C-section. Who knows where I got this idea, but I just figured a C-section was what “other people had,” people with complications during pregnancy which I didn’t have. I only skimmed the chapters on C-section in my pregnancy books and we paid little to no attention to the C-section video in our prepared childbirth class. Needless to say, I had a C-section....more
As a woman who gave birth to her only child via C-section I do understand what the author is ... more