In Memory of Takeimi Rao: I Taught My Daughter How to Drink

Yesterday morning, I came across the story of Takeimi Rao, a local 14-year-old girl who died due to mass consumption of alcohol at her own slumber party. As I read the story, all I could think of was the horror her mother must be going through, losing her daughter in the blink of an eye over something that could have easily have happened to any young teenager. I thought of her friends, who couldn’t possibly have known the outcome when they experimented with alcohol the night before. And I thought of my own daughter, now 13 years old, and the fear gripped me over the fact that I could easily lose her the same way. Any of us could lose our teenager this way....more
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How To Help Your Child With a School Project Without Going Nutso

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter is in the 4th grade and she's a good student. However, this fall she's been assigned not one, not two, but THREE class projects to work on at home at the same time. I'm talking about things like Science Fair boards where I have to buy materials, help her out and yell at her to do it. The teachers don't seem to realize how stressful this is and one even wrote "Have fun doing this as a whole family!" on the assignment. Seriously? How can I get through this without going crazy?...more
I know!!! The last coat hanger mobile I tried to help engineer pretty much kicked my ass. Hang ... more

Self-Tanner Changed My Life. No, Really.

Confession: I am a fair-skinned Fiona. Yep. A white Winifred. A pasty Patty. Why is that a confession? Because these days, I get regular compliments on my "olive" complexion. ...more
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