Push Pause: Life Is Not a Race

My whole life, I’ve been in a rush. But now, with the benefit of a few extra years of experience, and because I’ve finally allowed myself the time to breathe, I find myself wishing I could go back and push pause. There is so much I would tell my younger self. So much I would do differently with the benefit of hindsight. So here it is, a letter to my younger self. ...more

Oh I hope it helps! I really wish someone had sat me down and told me these things.

I ... more

Push Pause: Life Is Not a Race

My whole life, I’ve been in a rush. But now, with the benefit of a few extra years of experience, and because I’ve finally allowed myself the time to breathe, I find myself wishing I could go back and push pause. There is so much I would tell my younger self. So much I would do differently with the benefit of hindsight. So here it is, a letter to my younger self. ...more

I'm so glad it resonated with you! It took me a long time to get to this point, but what I have ... more

Spoiler Alert! The Wakefield Twins Are Back in Sweet Valley Confidential

When it was announced that Francine Pascal was releasing an update to the Sweet Valley story, Sweet Valley Confidential, we squeed and started the countdown to release day. Just what are those twins up to in their twenties? The book release day has come -- I've read the it and I'm here with the scoop and the spoilers. It was fabulously horrible. Or maybe horribly fabulous. One can never be sure which when talking about Sweet Valley. ...more

I'm not reading your whole post because I don't want to spoil it. No matter how terrible it is I ... more

My Daughter's Anxiety: I Know How She Feels

Last week Greta had a sore throat that wasn't going away, so we went to the doctor to get a strep test. We've been at the doctor a lot this winter -- recurring sore throats that are sometimes strep, sometimes not.   We have spent a lot of time sitting in the exam room, waiting for the results of the strep culture. ...more

If only I'd had a mother like when I was her age, I believe that everything would be different ... more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more

Jana, I am so proud of you for getting syndicated over here. Well done!

I struggle day-in and ... more

I Don’t Write To Hurt You, and I Believe You Don’t Write To Hurt Me

Honestly, I don’t mind people disagreeing with me. No troll on the internet could be worst than seventh grade. But I find it strange how MEANINGFUL and IMPORTANT a blog post or tweet or offhanded remark can be to someone. So important that they are willing to degrade their dignity or the dignity of another person. ...more

I loved this post the first time I got to read it, and I still do now. "Live in the moment - ... more

Blogging Creates a Space of One's Own

Over the past few weeks, it has occurred to me that my blog has become a very real space for me to inhabit. Now, when I'm in my car alone -- a rare occurrence -- I don't feel the same sense of freedom I used to feel. If I make my way through the supermarket or library without my children, I am content to have the moments to myself, but I don't feel as desperate for them. I crave them less often, and I think that's because I've found a portable space just for me. ...more

Oh Jana!! Delighted that you are here. And I love this post as much as I did the first time ... more

Does the Internet Make Women More Honest About Their Friendships?

I have 574 friends on Facebook. I chalk this up to the fact that (1) I've lived in a bunch of places and (2) I have a good track record for keeping friends. Most people on my friend list have been close friends at one time, and Facebook has allowed us to keep in touch without a lot of effort. It leaves the door open so I can jump back into those friendships (and often do) at any point. But in this day and age, "friending" has taken on an entirely different meaning. There are people looking to build friendships with me online, people I've never met who have never even e-mailed with me. They send a friend request without even letting me know who they are. Which sort of begs the question: What does friendship mean in the Internet age? ...more

Really found this to be thought-provoking as I learn to navigate my online friendships and ... more