Envy Is the Cause of My Sadness

If my hair would just style as well as hers, I would be so much happier.If I could lose 30 pounds, I could wear cute clothes like she does, and I would be so much happier. If I could get a paid writing gig, I would be so joyful, just like her. If we could go on a REAL vacation, we would be happier. If we had more money to spend, I could do that and that and that to our house and be happy like she is. If we had a bigger house, I would totally be happier....more
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I'm Sorry That My Kid Hurt Your Kid

Dear Parent of a Child My Son Has Injured, Hi. I know our kids go to the same school and that we sometimes see each other at after-school pick up, but I'm hoping to avoid eye contact with you for a little while during this awkward recovery time. How is your daughter's face? (Or: How is your son's ankle?) Is her lip healing well? (Or: Is he able to walk without a limp yet?)...more
Thanks for your insights and tips, everyone! We have a meeting with the teacher and the ... more

Judging Other People's Joy and Why I Shouldn't Be Allowed on Pinterest

So you know how people who get to be super-old say stuff like “Back when I was young” or “In my day…” and then everyone rolls their eyes and takes pity on the poor old person who can’t get hip to the ways of today? Yeah, get ready to roll those eyes of yours because this thirty-something old timer is about to lay it down. Ok. Yesterday I was reading a benign article where the person was asking about etiquette or something, and they mentioned a “gender-reveal cake party.” Uh, two things wrong here: 1, I was reading something about etiquette?...more
"Oh wait, do you hate your friends? Then that makes sense." I laughed so hard and completely ... more

The Great Divide: Why "The Biggest Loser" Is Better Than "Downton Abbey"

I really missed The Biggest Loser during last night's Golden Globes broadcast. (Thankfully it airs tonight.) But it got me thinking. In these troubling times I think it’s more important than ever that we are united over a common interest. So let's cut the Downton Abbey crap America....more
Ohhh...Downton Abbey has me firmly in its clutches. That is, until Don Draper gets his fine-self ... more

BlogHer 13 Buddy System: tell me what you think of this idea!

Hi, my name is Linda. I have many fine qualities. I'm a good wife and mother, I'm good at my job, I sometimes write some pretty hilarious stuff, and I am a fabulous online networker.  But put me, face-to-face, in a room of people I don't know, and I'm riddled with social anxiety.  This is what happened to me when I previously attended a BlogHer conference. ...more
I love this idea!  I'm hoping to attend my first conference in 2013 and a buddy would be super ... more

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
Thanks for this post!  I , too, am still very new to the blogging world and I'm sure I have ... more

We're Raising Individuals, Not a Group

We’ve never been good at one-on-one time with our kids. I’ve always thought it would be neat to date each son -- a few hours alone with just one child sounds wonderful and important. When the thought of mother-child dates crossed my mind, I quickly answered myself with a lengthy list of why this novel idea is an impossibility. Where would I find the time? It would be expensive. Four kids, four dates, plus dating my spouse -- that’s an awful lot of dating, money, and scheduling. I would need a tournament bracket to organize this endeavor. Or a spreadsheet. Those give me irritable bowel syndrome....more
Such a rad idea. Thank you for this! : ) more

What Do You Do When Your Child Says Scary Things?

Our oldest son has always been a bit... intense. Like me, he's dramatic, and emotional, and vocal about his feelings. It's a temperament I can relate to, but when combined with the honesty of a young child, it can sometimes be disconcerting.When his younger brother became a toddler, and they participated in more active play together, they of course began to fight. And that's when it started. "I want to HURT him!" "I want to KICK him!" "I want to BITE/HIT/SCRATCH him!!!" This was not the loving brotherly relationship we were hoping for. And worse, it was scary to hear him say these things....more
Excellent!  My son can FREAK me out with some of the things he shares and we often take the ... more

When Your Kids' Camp Doesn't Take Sunscreen Seriously

Earlier this week, I caught wind of the Michener kids, who got severe sunburns after a field day spent without sunscreen due to a state law preventing adults from applying sunscreen to kids (even if they have the required prescription to put the sunscreen on in the first place). I thought to myself, "At least I don't have to worry about that." YES, THAT IS FORESHADOWING....more
Aw, man!  My fair headed 7 year old boy came home from summer camp/daycare the exact same way ... more

Learn Web Basics to be a Better Blogger

You don't need to know anything technical to have a blog beyond how to get around on a website and follow instructions. It's no more complicated than setting up an account on Amazon and ordering a book. But you could be a better and more effective blogger if you did take the time to learn some of the basics of how your website works. Blogger by veesees via Flickr ...more
Thanks, Virginia!  Your blog was just what I was looking for!  more