5 Things to Do When Faced With Frost

In upstate NY, where I live, frost is expected in fall, and by Thanksgiving we are more concerned if there will be snow--and how much. Unlike my climate, many parts of the deep South and far West don't get temperatures below freezing very often. However, my gardening friends in these areas are facing the threat of frost this week, and to hear them talk you'd think the zombie apocalypse was coming. Don't panic, I tell them, you can survive this. Just remember these five tips....more
I live in Upstate NY too - the Albany area.  My Facebook feed is full of people saying "It's ... more

Keep Your Questions About My Pregnancy to Yourself!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I have a sixteen year old daughter and I am now pregnant with my second child. Although I'm delighted to be welcoming a new baby this summer, I've been shocked by the comments I've been getting. Everything from "wow, that must have been a surprise, right?" to "why did you wait so long?" and "do you worry that people will think it's your daughter's baby?" I'm really annoyed by all the questions. What's the best way to tell people to mind their own business and stop asking?...more
I'm a mom of 3 - ages 18, 16, and 2.  And I got all of those questions.  First, they would ask ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@Expat Mum I didn't know they were so common in the UK...something to think about.  Europe tends ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@Ocie Mine too!  My first daughter tricked me, the second one, I said "Okay, this one is a ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@socialworkingal You might not need one.   My daughter was perfect until she learned how to run. ... more

To The Media Covering Newtown

Dear Members of the Media, By now you’ve probably heard the small wave of outrage that is condemning you for interviewing the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. You already know that furious parents across the country feel that it’s inappropriate to shove a microphone in the face of a traumatized 8-year-old. But have you ever wondered why? It’s because WE WILL REMEMBER. I remember....more
This is by far the best blog post I have read on this topic.  So human, so real, and so needing ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@dkdotz Very good points.  And I'm a little scared now that you said your daughter is still your ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@tired1 I've actually seen some "play yards" that resemble dog kennels.  People think that's ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@Susan1 Lol you make me want to go out and buy one just so i can see the reactions. more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
@grainsnotfound Sounds like you were a pretty cool big sister!  I think one of the reasons I ... more