Deciding to Remain a Family of Three

I grew up the youngest of three. I have two older brothers. MCB is an only child. Growing up, I thought I wanted two kids. I never considered having just one. MCB thought she wouldn't have any kids, but quickly changed her mind when we met. When Roozle was nine-months-old, I read a post by our friends who wrote about choosing to have just one kid. Until then, we hadn't considered just having one. It's always about children, not child. ...more
We are three too.  The dynamic works. I was 35 with ours and totally unprepared for the fatigue ... more

No, I Won't Helicopter Parent My Teen's Love Life!

They are almost 17 -- and I suggest we stay out of it. This is the comment I made to a friend and mom of my daughter's boyfriend when she called me this weekend under the guise of a real estate question that really morphed in to a "is my son going out with your daughter, again?" question....more
Yea girls--I get it-but 16 was ROYALLY dumped at 14 by a boy I could have pressed charges ... more

Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more
I posted this on my Blogher Page but you can also link to it on http://forever-51.com more

Oh, Those Mood Swings: She's Not Bipolar, She's 16

It's a daily thing now. Not knowing what I am going to get when the T-Rex in the thong and Grateful Dead t-shirt wakes up in the morning. Or should I say afternoon. No one prepares you for teenagers. Or, shall I say FEMALE teenagers....more
 @Chickymara  @momfaze  Oh I will-she is actually off all meds now-and talking with my cohorts ... more

Mothering Teenagers:"How Much Longer, oh Lord, How Much Longer?"

  The Joy of Mothering ...more
Great Post-I get all kinds of threats from my daughter-she is slowly coming to the realization ... more

Oh, Those Mood Swings: She's Not Bipolar, She's 16

It's a daily thing now. Not knowing what I am going to get when the T-Rex in the thong and Grateful Dead t-shirt wakes up in the morning. Or should I say afternoon. No one prepares you for teenagers. Or, shall I say FEMALE teenagers....more
Thanks so much-it's a journey-not a destination as they say... more

Private Lives: Writing About the Personal

Bloggers are often accused of writing about what others deem private; airing dirty laundry, laying bare marriage and parenting and friendships.  Bloggers don't shy away from writing about love or death or the tiny moments that mark a life.  Though Andilit points out that while other mediums also deal with the personal, none are told that they shouldn't dabble in the private in the same way that writing receives judgment. ...more
It's a fine line-I have pseudonyms for family members - but I have always told these stories out ... more