Asking A Father's Permission: Romantic or Chauvinist?

Before my ex-husband proposed to me, he met with my mother for dinner to disclose our intentions and ask for my family's blessing. Not too long in the past, this kind of meeting had a very specific purpose -- and not one that I look back on with any sort of nostalgia. Back then, it was not a blessing that was asked of the future bride's family, but permission and it wasn't so much a gesture as it was a negotiation. ...more
I think I would like my future husband's family's blessing before getting married. Does the role ... more

Letting Kids Climb a Tree Is Not a Crime

I missed my kids a lot this weekend. It’s rare that I leave them for a few hours so it’s incredibly rare to find me leaving for a few days. My momma heart ached being so far away, so feeling them in my arms could not come soon enough today....more
There must have been something else going on in her life. That just seems too rediculous. Maybe ... more

Disneynature's Chimpanzee- Great Breastfeeding Message For Kids and Adults

Brian and I took the kids to see Disneynature’s Chimpanzee on opening day.  It’s really no surprise we loved it. We knew it was going to show the story of a dominant male adopting an orphaned chimp, and it was truly beautiful. What I was surprised about was how eloquently the documentary covered the topic of breastfeeding. Oscar, the three-year-old chimpanzee was shown breastfeeding throughout the day. The narrator explained that Oscar eats solid food, but is not nearly to the age of weaning....more
Some argue that the average interbirth interval for humans is approximately 2-4 years, compared ... more

That Feeling When Your Kid Asks You About Sex For The First Time

I consider myself a pretty highly educated, open-minded, worldly kind of "sex is a natural part of life" person, but I was unprepared to have the sex talk with my kid at this age. I covered the high points, leaving out the part about fluid exchange, and released a completing sigh of relief. I intended that sound to signal an unspoken "the end" but unfortunately, my daughter is a keen listener with an inquisitive mind and an attorney for a mother. She queried, "So how exactly how do those little swimmers get inside the woman?" ...more
@WittyLittleSecret  You have a great way of capturing the surprising human moments, and the ... more

That Feeling When Your Kid Asks You About Sex For The First Time

I consider myself a pretty highly educated, open-minded, worldly kind of "sex is a natural part of life" person, but I was unprepared to have the sex talk with my kid at this age. I covered the high points, leaving out the part about fluid exchange, and released a completing sigh of relief. I intended that sound to signal an unspoken "the end" but unfortunately, my daughter is a keen listener with an inquisitive mind and an attorney for a mother. She queried, "So how exactly how do those little swimmers get inside the woman?" ...more
I first had the sex talk when I was four. My mom was pregnant with my little brother, and I was ... more