Why My Children Can Say the F-Word: Words Don't Have Power

I live in a sweet little Bible Belt southern town. In some ways this is great (friendly neighbors, low crime rate)... and in others... well, maybe not so much. (I have a list, but today is not the day). Sometimes small-town living has crashed headlong into some of my more "unconventional" parenting approaches. One of these subject areas is my children's language. ...more
DifferentThanAverage natashaelainesmith  I think you missed the point, Different Than Average.  ... more

Understanding Sharkeisha: Does Bullying On TV Lead to Real Life Bullying?

From Sharkeisha to The Real Housewives to the little girls emulating all of this in their schools and bedrooms, what is going on with the fascination of "girl fighting?" Infamous Table Flip Scene from Real Housewives of New Jersey via Bravo TV ...more
My 13-year-old cousin was actually SUSPENDED from school, because he intervened when he ... more

Are Mommy Bloggers Real Writers?

So I’m in the process of writing my own book. It’s about the decade of my life where my grandmother and I wrote letters each week to each other. It’s an extremely personal and emotional book to write and I am now at the point where I’m putting together the book proposal. I recently contacted a copy editor to look at the proposal to review it for edits. She replied, “Hey, wait, aren’t you one of those mommy bloggers? You know how to write too?” Gloves on. Yes, I’m a mommy. Yes, I’m a blogger. But I ain’t no one trick pony. ...more
Comments about bloggers not being real writers infuriates me--and I'm coming from the place of ... more

Oops, I Hit Publish

So, where does the oops come in?  Well, it's important to note that once an article or blog is published on this site, there is no way to edit.  It's not grammatical errors I'm concerned about though.  I wrote a post about narcissistic fathers and their destructive impact on their adult children.  I may have shared some personal situations.   Perhaps I should have pretended they were situations belonging to a friend? ...more
Actually, I totally get your comment about feeling more free when you do a guest post than when ... more

Why It Is NEVER All Right to Call Someone a "F-ing Terrorist"

My husband and I recently took our daughter and a dozen of her friends to the movies. It was a children’s movie matinée. Our group took up an entire row in the theatre, and so I sat right in front of the kids. A few minutes before the show began, a visible minority family walked in and sat next to me, one seat down. The lights dimmed and the previews started. We were off to a great start. The kids sat behind us munching on their popcorn, slurping their drinks, eager to see the movie start....more
The_Hip_Grandmother I was in a bookstore last spring with someone who looked to be Muslim (her ... more

I am convinced Life hates me today.

I am convinced Life hates me today. ...more
Well, sometimes we do have those days--in fact, I'm having one today myself.  I just try to keep ... more

How to Manage Your Facebook Marketing in 30 Minutes a Day

Your day is packed with appointments, phone calls, emails and actual work, right?  When are you supposed to fit in your social media time?  People ask me this question all the time, and my answer never varies.  How much time do you already spend on marketing?  This is part of your marketing. That doesn’t mean it needs to take you all day. Let’s break it down. ...more
@MorHaley  Not sure I totally understand your question, but I think I might.  I have two ... more

Why Yahoo Just Became Obsolete: CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Working from Home

Unless you've been living under a rock, if you're a parent you've probably heard the newest decree from Marissa Mayer -- the young CEO of Yahoo, who was hired when she was five months pregnant and notably took only a two-week maternity leave after popping out her baby, undoubtedly while being fanned by a her doula, a waiting nanny in tow. Her decree, uttered with all the certainty that an empress can have from her ivory citadel, was that no longer could Yahoo employees work remotely (aka from home, or anywhere else that's not the office) anymore....more
@Melissa Chapman  This is what worries me--it seems that it's taken our society a very long time ... more

Will You Still Eat Ikea's Meatballs After the European Horsemeat Scandal?

I’ve been watching the European horsemeat scandal with one eye because, well, it just didn’t seem like it would really affect me. That is until I saw that international retailing giant Ikea said it is pulling its meatballs from stores in more than 20 countries because a Czech Republic store found horsemeat in the product. ...more
No, but I didn't want them before.  I like to prepare my own food, especially meatballs, so you ... more

Why Yahoo Just Became Obsolete: CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Working from Home

Unless you've been living under a rock, if you're a parent you've probably heard the newest decree from Marissa Mayer -- the young CEO of Yahoo, who was hired when she was five months pregnant and notably took only a two-week maternity leave after popping out her baby, undoubtedly while being fanned by a her doula, a waiting nanny in tow. Her decree, uttered with all the certainty that an empress can have from her ivory citadel, was that no longer could Yahoo employees work remotely (aka from home, or anywhere else that's not the office) anymore....more
I'm a freelancer, and I'm much, much more productive at home, in a cozy, quiet place, where ... more