5 Ways To Keep Poor Kids From Ruining Your Halloween If You're A Terrible Person

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size $100,000 bars on Halloween? Here it is. Get ready to cringe and seethe simultaneously. ...more
I LOVED Prudence's response, and your suggestions are excellent as well! Great post!-The Dose Girls more

The Day Skinny Found My Daughter

“Mommy, aren’t I skinny?!” I may have gasped. Skinny -- it’s stronger than you might think. It knocked the wind right out of me. Within seconds I was searching the file folders in my mind, sifting through pages of old conversations I’d had with her, near her, around her. I typed “Skinny” into my search engine. File not found. Skinny. Where did she hear that word? ...more
Totally made me cry. That word has started to creep into the vocabulary of our home, and I try ... more

"I Can't Do My Homework Because We Have Termites," and Other Lies My Son Told

So then…I open an email from Tucker’s 6th grade teacher that says: “Dear Mrs. Perdu: Tucker did not have his homework today; he told me this was because there was a termite infestation at home. I told him he needed to ask you to write a note explaining the situation, but he said that his family did not believe in writing notes. However, since our homework policy is not to accept late work, I would appreciate a note or an e-mail when unusual situations occur so that Tucker can receive full credit....more
I am crying with laughter at this entire post!! This is the BEST story ever!! You have got to ... more

My Husband Hates My Blog

I know a lot of bloggers who describe their husbands as their "biggest fans." I have always been so jealous of these women. My husband was a fantastic cheerleader when my blog began humbly nearly 14 months ago. And then it began to evolve, taking on a life of its own that I could have never predicted.  My blog slowly became the "other man" in my life, and my husband did not appreciate it. ...more
An amazing post in every way. Because, 100 million times, this. My hubby definitely thinks I ... more

Hurricane Feelings: Sandy vs. Katrina

For those who experienced, or were touched by, the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, comparisons to Superstorm Sandy are inevitable:...more
I was just talking to my blogging partner about this yesterday. I remember when Katrina happened ... more

Mother Loss Grief and the Healing of Daughters

I read Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, with the BlogHer Book Club earlier this year. A recent blog post of hers made my heart catch in my throat, moved by the innocence of child, the weight of our adult grief and where they crash together in the middle. ...more
As a motherless mother, I related to this very much. Thank you. Off to read the full entry now. more

Making Connections at Home During BlogHer '12 Week

BlogHer '12 Week buzz is ramping up, and I hope everyone following along with @BlogHeratHome is getting ready for some fun and community, too....more
Sure, anyone (not really) can hear Katie Couric in person, but how many people can follow along ... more

Damning Penn State Report: Everyone Knew

A report released on Thursday by Louis Freeh, the former head of the FBI who was hired by Penn State to conduct an eight-month investigation, confirmed what most of us already suspected. The school's top leaders failed to protect young boys who spent time on campus with Jerry Sandusky. The former coach was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse in June and is awaiting sentencing....more
I think removing the statue would be the first step. I think perhaps now that it has been ... more

How Did She End Up With a Bounce House Birthday?

I swore my daughter would not have big, fancy, expensive birthday parties. Her first birthday was at home, and it was actually an adult party that happened to feature a baby and some cake to go with all that wine. Yay, us....more
Let's just say I totally resemble this column! ;) Love it! more

Disney's "Brave": Not for the Faint of Heart

The highly anticipated Brave arrived in theatres Friday. I was anxious to see what Pixar achieved with its first female protagonist so I snuck out for a matinée sans children. Having read on Common Sense Media that there were “a couple of scary sequences involving a large angry bear,” I also wanted to preview the film before letting my five-year-old son see it....more
I really appreciate this honest review, and I have to say that I will now probably not take my ... more