My Husband Isn't a Hoarder, He's Just Sentimental

In the sixth grade, when I first made the switch from glasses to contacts, I struggled to remember to take them out at night. I'd wake up each morning thinking I was cured. My eye doctor reprimanded me constantly. To try and help, he switched me from regular contacts to the daily disposable kind when I went off to college. At the end of every night it was truly exhilarating to just pull them out of my eyes and throw them in the trash. No contact solution. No unscrewing the tiny contact case cap. No cleaning. Just extract and toss....more
I absolutely LOVED this post!  I am sentimental too...been struggling all my life to try to rid ... more

Am I the Only Mom Who Wishes for a Best Friend?

My negative thoughts as a result were things like, "I have no friends," and "No one cares about my life," and "I wish my sister lived closer because she is the only one that gets me." But, I find myself feeling lonely. And sad. Moms need friends too, right? Or am I the only one? I have always been a people person. I have always had "an easy time making friends" as my Mom would say to me all the time growing up. But, here I am. 35-years-old. 3 kids. A good husband. A stable life. And, all I want is a close friend. ...more
Thank you for this post.  Now I know I'm not the only one who feels this way! more

And Yet She Runs

I went to pick up my daughter yesterday after track practice. She is a sophomore in high school and on the JV track team. I arrived early and was sitting in the car. As I was scanning the area looking for her, I spied a lone runner off in the distance. As the runner got closer I realized that it was my Emma. The other runners were far ahead of her. As she ran by me she gave a cheerful wave and said she would be done soon. As I watched her, it reminded me of how proud I am of her, of how her love of running is a mystery to me. ...more
This is a beautiful post.  Thank you for writing it. more

Stop Judging and Start Supporting Each Other, Moms

How have I judged thee? Let me count the ways. I have judged your parenting choices, the good ones, the bad ones and everything in between. I have judged you for your schooling choices, where you go to church, how often your kid naps. I have judged you for breastfeeding, or not. I have judged you for being too conservative or too liberal. I have judged how you discipline and what you feed your kid. I have judged you for being a working mom, stay at home mom and everything in between....more
Thank you ever so much for this post. We would all be so much better off if we judged less and ... more

When Parents Think They Can Go on Vacation

When is it ok to leave little kids and go on a long vacation -- a 17-month old baby, a 2-year old, a 4-year old and a 6-year old -- for 9 days?  And I am not talking about leaving your kids with grandparents when it is a necessity; I'm talking about leaving young children with a caretaker with whom they have no relationship when you have a choice.  According to "Early Childhood Today," young children do not understand the concept of "time" -- that mommy and daddy will be back in nine days....more
 @mamagirlsaysitall I SO completely agree with you! more

When Parents Think They Can Go on Vacation

When is it ok to leave little kids and go on a long vacation -- a 17-month old baby, a 2-year old, a 4-year old and a 6-year old -- for 9 days?  And I am not talking about leaving your kids with grandparents when it is a necessity; I'm talking about leaving young children with a caretaker with whom they have no relationship when you have a choice.  According to "Early Childhood Today," young children do not understand the concept of "time" -- that mommy and daddy will be back in nine days....more
 @Lynn Learning Curves  I agree with you....this wording ("Too bad, you don't get to go on a big ... more

Stop Bullying: A Call to Action

By Dr. Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration,U.S....more
 @HHSNewMedia  @ivyshihleung Everyone in the cinema laughed during that scene.  It was that ... more

Stop Bullying: A Call to Action

By Dr. Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration,U.S....more
I'm mostly a maternal mental health (postpartum depression, specifically) blogger, but I've also ... more

The Devil Was After My Child: Shedding Light on Pospartum Psychosis

My eyes shot open. There it was again... the rustling... the breathing... the scurrying. I scanned what I could of the dark room, and glanced at my sleeping husband next to me. Should I wake him? He could not help. He would not understand. It was up to me. I strained in the dark to see the little bassinet that held our sleeping son -- only eight weeks old. I prayed that he wouldn't wake up. If he did, the crying would never stop. I became more and more certain that it was not this mysterious "colic" that was bothering him. I began to know that the crying, the agitation, the wailing for dear life, was because the baby knew... he could feel it. The devil was after my child....more
Thank you for sharing your experience and for your bravery, so that others who may be suffering ... more

The Devil Was After My Child: Shedding Light on Pospartum Psychosis

My eyes shot open. There it was again... the rustling... the breathing... the scurrying. I scanned what I could of the dark room, and glanced at my sleeping husband next to me. Should I wake him? He could not help. He would not understand. It was up to me. I strained in the dark to see the little bassinet that held our sleeping son -- only eight weeks old. I prayed that he wouldn't wake up. If he did, the crying would never stop. I became more and more certain that it was not this mysterious "colic" that was bothering him. I began to know that the crying, the agitation, the wailing for dear life, was because the baby knew... he could feel it. The devil was after my child....more
Thank you for sharing your experience, for your bravery, so that others who may be suffering ... more