Are We Raising a Generation of Non-Handwashers?

I went back to college last year. I learned a lot of stuff. Things like…I think I get smarter as I age.I’m still not a huge fan of History.I wish I would’ve gone to college right after high school or at least before I had kids.19 year olds think I’m old.A lot of parent’s hard earned money is being wasted.19 year olds are annoying.85% of women don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom....more
I like the sign. I definitely think we should post it around. Your statistic while unverified, ... more

I Cancelled Valentine's Day

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in our house. I cancelled it years ago. (I’m a fan of cancelling things.) I’m just not a big believer in the overly-commercialized holiday. I never have been, but it really doesn’t help that Valentine’s Day is within the same three-week timeframe as my husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary (piss-poor planning on my part). It gets exhausting buying shit for Dan....more
Definitely Steve. We celebrate "family day" on the day we adopted my son, but I would never call ... more

Snow Days Are For Suckers

You know how when you're writing a blog post and you get up to get a drink of water, and when you open the fridge to get the pitcher, you see the glass shelf is all smudged and smeared with food residue?...more
terrilively  Yes, exactly! In fact that's how I described my post. Thanks for noticing. more

All I Ever Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned from Carol & Mike Brady

I just got schooled. I guess I had to be here, in this place. This place of banging my head against the wall trying to parent a wacko/pyro 7- almost 8-year-old. I will start with this admission: I am a total hypocrite. I used to preach no TV until the Roosters Came Home and the Cows Went to Bed. Honestly, I'll still preach that to you if your kid is 2 or 3. So if you want to hash it out, just tell me your 2-year-old sits in front of a TV, ever. ...more
That's me, One Funny Motha. more

All I Ever Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned from Carol & Mike Brady

I just got schooled. I guess I had to be here, in this place. This place of banging my head against the wall trying to parent a wacko/pyro 7- almost 8-year-old. I will start with this admission: I am a total hypocrite. I used to preach no TV until the Roosters Came Home and the Cows Went to Bed. Honestly, I'll still preach that to you if your kid is 2 or 3. So if you want to hash it out, just tell me your 2-year-old sits in front of a TV, ever. ...more
I particularly like this little tid bit of advice: "From the moment he enters the room you have ... more

Unhappy Mother's Day: My Mom Was Abusive

At a time of year when most of my writer friends are lamenting over beautiful memories with their mom, I sit here with a heavy heart. My own mother and I have had a rocky relationship. There were times when I couldn’t stand to speak to her. She probably wasn’t real crazy about me at times either. My mother was abused as a child by her own mother, GrammaDearest. Severely. And my mother in turn was abusive to us....more
What a moving story. I am sorry for your anguish, but glad you have now found a little bit of ... more

The Sniff Test

By Tracy Beckerman Some kids ease into adolescence with very little fanfare while others seem to slam into it with such force they leave their parents feeling like roadkill on the interstate.My son fell somewhere in between. ...more
Too funny. I thought that whole kiss goodnight thing was brilliant & was fully prepared to use ... more

They Are the Best of Kids; They Are the Worst of Kids

There are some things that set me off. I lose my temper and I say mean things. Last night in the car with both kids, L screamed. She has a scream worthy of a slasher film, and it pierces my skull. She screams when she's happy, when she's mad, or just for fun, like in the car last night. I yelled at her to stop (yes, I see the correlation), and told her that screaming and yelling in the car can distract the driver, who could get in an accident, and we could all die. That's right. I told my my three-year-old that her screaming could actually kill us....more
Love the title. And so true. -Stacey (aka One Funny Motha) more

Hello and Goodbye: The Bittersweet Enormity of Adoption

"How are you?" I ask K. "I'm OK," she says looking at me and then back at the TV. "I'm OK." Again, I wonder if she is trying to convince me or herself that she truly is OK. "Are you sure?" She nods her head. I try one last time. One last time I'll say it and then there's no going back for either of us. "There's still time to change your mind," I say. The statement...a question really...hangs in the air between us for a minute before K says, "No. I'm OK. I'm OK."...more
Beautiful piece. I am an adoptive mother, too, although my situation was very different. I often ... more

Is There a War on Women?

Almost a year ago, The New York Times published an editorial entitled "The War on Women," which began:...more
I just wanted to say that ... I love you. Thank you for this well thought out, well executed ... more