Wheels Keep Turning

I stayed home with my daughter for the year after she was born. It was the best year of my life. With her attached to me in one of those Baby Bjorn carriers without which I would have been completely unprepared for motherhood, as I had been informed by a cashier in a ‘Babies R Us’ store, I went about my daily business....more
It's through the lens of being an only parent that I find myself viewing every milestone of my ... more

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?

How many bottles of nail polish do you own? ...more
 @DesiValentine4 How do you like the Piggy Paint? Does it last? more

Dear HuffPo: Divorce Is NOT Like Death, It's Like Divorce

My children will never see their father again. He will never be late picking them up for "his weekend." He will never spend another birthday with them, another Christmas, or see them in another Halloween costume. They will never call him on the phone. He will not attend their weddings. ...more
 @22dots Really? So, your children are able to see your first wife who died? Because my kids ... more

Single Parenting Is Not a Disease

Contrary to popular belief, single parenting is not a disease. It’s not an illness overtaking society, or an addiction that must be overcome no matter what. “Hello, my name is Molly Jo, and I’m a Single Parent.” Yes, it’s a dilemma that can be draining on society. But it’s not always something to be pointed at with pity. Being a single parent doesn’t make me a cancer on society any more than eating lettuce makes you a vegetarian. If you only eat lettuce, even that doesn’t make you a vegetarian. It doesn’t even make you a rabbit. Rabbits eat more than just lettuce. It makes you a lettuce eater....more
I am a single parent—the only parent—widowed when I was 40. I resent the assumption made by ... more

Heart Attacks at the Heart Attack Grill: Fast Food and Bad Decisions

Editor's update: ABC News reports that a second person has suffered a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill this past weekend. The woman is recovering after "eating a double bypass burger, smoking cigarettes and having a margarita," according to ABC. -- Julie ...more
Excellent points all around. I do think there is a responsibility for food producers to inform ... more

You Can Give Somebody a "Good Death" -- It's Okay to Talk About It

In my family, death is woven into life, and the dying are inextricably linked to the living, but this isn't the case for every family. I've met lots of people who are uncomfortable when it comes to dealing with illness, death and talking about dying is a taboo. Or for others, it seems like it's such a long way off, why worry? ...more

Thank you for bringing to light the importance of dying. We're all too quick to make it taboo in ... more

Leave a Comment Now to Donate a Book to a Child in Need (Really!)

BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, have joined forces because we know that books makes a difference. Help us meet our goal of 1,000 books donated -- we're not there yet! ...more

The first novel I ever read cover-to-cover was Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, ... more

Remembering My Late Husband: Holding My Head High Through Grief

There was a night in the hospital a couple weeks or so before Bob died when we were talking, I was crying, he was rubbing my hair, holding me, and asking me what I was afraid of most. ...more

Leah has been writing at http://www.califmom.com since 2004. She homeschools her two children ... more

Would you tweet about a family tragedy?

Frankly, I'm perplexed at the criticism and malice I've seen on Twitter surrounding the death of Shellie Ross -- @Military_Mom -- 's 2-year old son.  When an innocent little boy is found at the bottom of a pool, you'd expect words of comfort, sympathy and support, not comments like: 

Facebook-Stalking My Birth Son

Of course I stalk my birth son on Facebook. How could I not? His barely-open adoption slammed shut fifteen years ago when his mother suddenly took ill and died far too young, and all communication with his family ceased. I spent years hoping for information but listening to cricket chirps -- until two years ago, when a cynical Facebook search turned fruitful: he had a limited public profile! I've been checking in on him ever since....more

Your strength, understanding, and love for your birth son are...well, a mother's love. My ... more