Unhappy Mother's Day: My Mom Was Abusive

At a time of year when most of my writer friends are lamenting over beautiful memories with their mom, I sit here with a heavy heart. My own mother and I have had a rocky relationship. There were times when I couldn’t stand to speak to her. She probably wasn’t real crazy about me at times either. My mother was abused as a child by her own mother, GrammaDearest. Severely. And my mother in turn was abusive to us....more
Hugs to you...I remember your grandma post and wanting to hug you then.  I know these ... more

Tell Us About Your Online Dating Experiences!

For our second poll in the love and relationship series, we are turning to the Internet for inspiration. We want to know about your experiences with online dating. Have you ever tried it? Did you have a positive outcome? Did you meet the love of your life or was it more like a late night horror show? Those online singles' sites are in our faces the second we flip the power button on an electronic device, but have you ever clicked on one to find that "special someone"?...more
I met my husband when we were in college...but we didn't get married after we reconnected 15 ... more

Ladies this is for you

     All right ladies I don't know how we missed making sure everyone got this lesson growing up but I am on a mission to rectify it.TREAT THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS AS YOU WOULD YOUR OWN GRANDMOTHER'S...more
LOL, I do the foot flush too; can't stand the thought of all the germs...which is why I also try ... more

Can Steubenville Teach Us How to Prevent Rape?

By now you’ve probably heard about the rape of the young woman in Steubenville, Ohio, by some high-school football players. If not here are the horrific details: Last August, the 16-year-old girl was repeatedly raped at several parties and then literally carried from house to house as a “joke.” She also happened to be unconscious. ...more
The only answer that ever jumps to my mind is educate, educate, educate!  Like you said, teach ... more

No Teachers or Police With Guns In Schools

On December 30, 2012, President Obama said he doubted arming school police with guns will prevent future school shootings, but then January 11, 2013's EdWeek hinted that he may yield to local law enforcement offi...more
I couldn't agree more!  As a teacher, the last thing that would make me feel safe is to know ... more

The Awkward Blogger

I began blogging in June 2012. As I started my blog, Mommy, For Real, I simultaneously read several books and numerous articles about blogging, particularly those featuring “mommy bloggers.” Over and over it was made clear that the way to have a successful readership was by putting yourself out there and interacting with other bloggers. Taking a deep breath, I began to do just that. ...more
OMG, I'm laughing and nodding along because I feel the exact same way...my site says I've been ... more

Why I Let My 14-Year-Old Move Out

My 14-year-old daughter, DQ, is moving out. It’s weird; I never thought I’d type these words before she turned 18. But here I am, standing by as she packs up her bags and prepares to leave the nest. My nest. The one I have padded with protection and comfort since the day she was born, through a messy divorce, during financially tight times, and in her tumultuous teen years. She is flying the coop with my assistance when I drive her a full three hours away to live with her father. And this might just be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. ...more
What a brave and selfless decision...your whole post is an example of how a good parent puts her ... more