My Daughter, the Bully

When my daughter was in second grade, she spent most of her free periods lording over the playground. She decided what games were played and who played them. She decided who was “in” and who wasn’t. She decided if your Disney princess tee shirt was cool or so last year. On many days, she sent girls home crying to their mothers. The teachers told me she was a very self-determined little girl. The other parents told me she certainly knew her own mind. No one told me she was a bully. ...more
Well, I did confront the bully's mother, who also happened to be a friend of mine.  Total ... more

I Prefer Real Moms to the Ones Who Write Parenting Advice Books

I’m not nearly the mother I dreamed I would be. I’m too frazzled to be a room mom. I detest cooking. And since I have anger management issues, I yell at the umpires in middle school softball. But I’ve recently discovered a mecca for brilliant parenting advice. It’s a place where you’ll find tips from more obsessive supermoms crammed into one space than in the dressing room on Toddlers & Tiaras -- the self-help shelves at Barnes and Noble. This magic aisle boasts hundreds of titles written by successful “real” moms instructing us slacker moms on the secrets of how to do everything from organize and delegate to go green and get rid of stubborn belly fat....more
Where have you been???  You are my best friend....EVER!!  I wish any of my friends would have ... more

8 Simple Rules For Moms Visiting Their Adult Children

Yesterday, I had the experience of hosting my mother for the day while she visited with Firecracker. Without giving away too many personal facts, I'll just say that the best part of the visit is that I now have a new blog post subject. So, here is a list of 8 Simple Rules for Visiting Your Adult Daughter (Or Son). This isn't a cry for sympathy, but just a simple "How To," I hope to remember when Firecracker is grown. I tried to make it a little funny, but it's probably too serious....more
And I would hope young lady that when you return to your mother's abode that you treat her ... more