How I Let My Boys Play: Physical Play Is Not Wrong

She saw danger. She saw inappropriate behavior. She saw sticks pointed and park mulch flying at faces. She saw equipment being played with "the wrong way." Worst of all, she saw a mother on a cell phone not interceding. So she huffed up to me. I put down my cell phone. "They are playing with those really big sticks and throwing them at each other's faces," she announced. I asked, standing up, "Is the boy they are playing with your son? Would you like us to go talk to them?" ...more
I don't think it's okay to let boys play fight with sticks as swords or guns.  We are teaching ... more

Face Your Fears

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror....more
 @HomeRearedChef  Thank you for your comments.  I wish BlogHer had some way of notifying when we ... more

Rising from the Ashes and Taking Second Chances

Sometimes life is all about taking second chances; having the courage to look into the mirror, square into your own eyes, and bravely and resolutely say that you will not accept defeat. “Carpe diem quam minimum credula,”—seize the day, putting as little trust as possible in the future—like life, a disambiguation. And that’s just what many single moms are doing today, seizing the moment....more
Love your post! <3  As a newly single mom, I can relate.  My son and I start our new life and ... more

The Loneliest Mother I've Seen

I see your eyes duck our way more times than I can count. Kids spilling off my lap, I steady myself against my husband’s leg and we laugh as the hay ride tosses us back and forth. As you tuck your bare left hand behind the bleach-blonde head in your lap, I read her shirt. Birthday Girl Your parents take pictures of the two of you but your eyes belie the smile on your face. I wonder if you have just finished high school or are heading to college this fall. Maybe you have put school on hold until you can afford daycare and tuition. ...more
Love!!!!  I was a single mom at 34 and went through my pregnancy by myself.  It was still lonely ... more

Dear North Carolina Parents Who Wish To Ban Gay Marriage,

Tomorrow, May 8, voters in North Carolina will decide on Amendment 1:...more
Love, love, love!  I too live in North Carolina, and was deeply ashamed that we had to vote on ... more

Where's My Happily Ever After?

I am grieving for a marriage that is never to be. Certainly, I am extremely grateful for my son. Having him in my life fills my heart with light and love. But at times when I'm feeling sorry for myself, I begin to feel robbed of the false fairy tale of getting married, having two kids, and living happily ever after. ...more
 @wdolderer  I'm very sorry for your loss.  I can only imagine.   Living in the moment is ... more

Where's My Happily Ever After?

I am grieving for a marriage that is never to be. Certainly, I am extremely grateful for my son. Having him in my life fills my heart with light and love. But at times when I'm feeling sorry for myself, I begin to feel robbed of the false fairy tale of getting married, having two kids, and living happily ever after. ...more
 @southmainmuse  Yes, happiness is found within yourself.  And I am learning gradually.  It's a ... more

Are You Sure There's No War on Women? My Health Story

Are you absolutely certain there is no Republican "war on women"? Because I'm a little frightened to be a woman in this country right now, and from where I'm standing, I feel like I am under attack. Women are being bombarded with legislature at the state and federal level aimed at taking away our rights. And Republicans are leading the charge. ...more
 @PatriciaTeel  You should read this ... more

Are You Sure There's No War on Women? My Health Story

Are you absolutely certain there is no Republican "war on women"? Because I'm a little frightened to be a woman in this country right now, and from where I'm standing, I feel like I am under attack. Women are being bombarded with legislature at the state and federal level aimed at taking away our rights. And Republicans are leading the charge. ...more
 @greenjelloland  I write about surviving domestic violence on my blog website.  If you want to ... more

Are You Sure There's No War on Women? My Health Story

Are you absolutely certain there is no Republican "war on women"? Because I'm a little frightened to be a woman in this country right now, and from where I'm standing, I feel like I am under attack. Women are being bombarded with legislature at the state and federal level aimed at taking away our rights. And Republicans are leading the charge. ...more
 @swtcj_2000  Do you need help?  Please let me or someone else know. Or call the domestic abuse ... more