Mama Bear Moment: Your Kid Hurt My Kid

Seldom is there more anger than when a mama bear’s cub gets injured. Should a fellow kindergartner toss out a few typical teases, she’ll be forever labeled as a Mean Girl by the other mama bears, for certain. A boy who shoves another boy is a terrible bully. A child who hits must be hit at home. A kid who bites has “something wrong” with them. What is normal childhood behavior, and what is truly of concern? ...more
What's frustrating, though, is when I let it go when other kids harm my kid, but then if my kid ... more

My Hair Is a Story. I Kept the Part About the Girl with a Backbone.

Somewhere around 2009, I decided to grow my hair out. To be 100% honest, as I always am on this blog, I decided to grow my hair because I thought I would be getting married in the next few years. Boy, did I miss the mark on that one (but found my Mark three years later ... wow, that was a cheesy pun)....more
Just a week ago I cut about 18 inches off my hair, going from long blonde to short red. Some of ... more

Three Reasons Why You Work When You're Sick

Flu season has been bad this year.So bad, in fact, that it kept me out of the office for three days. At first I felt guilty for missing work, but by the end of my time off I realized that I shouldn’t feel bad for taking a few days to take care of myself. By allowing yourself the time you need to get healthy, you’re more likely heal faster and be more productive sooner....more
Definitely #3, and HopLauren 's #4. If I'm not around and available, I miss the opportunities, ... more

Minion-Free School Year: How I'm Helping My Child & Her Teacher

Someone please tell me that I am not the only mom who is counting down the minutes until school begins. Seriously, I can't be the only one can I?! I am choosing to view at my anticipation as growth. Last year I had a weak moment of mommy fear and almost didn't send them. Not because I couldn't stand the idea of being away from my little shadows or because they weren't ready for preschool, but because I wasn't sure preschool was ready for them. Specifically Q. ...more
I was dye-free as a child, as was my oldest son. (And we still avoid it, although no longer ... more

Autism in the Media: Stop with the Awful Stories!

Would you want someone patronizing you in front of the entire world, or writing headlines about how awful your life is and how much you suck? Well, autistic people don't want that either, and neither do autism families -- yet those are the autism stories most frequently in the news. Journalists and the media need to start rethinking how they approach autism stories, because people like my son Leo and families like ours deserve better, plus Leo is not the only awesome autistic person. Writers and journalists need to work harder, find better sources, seek out fairer messages, and help the rest of society learn to better accept and understand autistic people....more
I definitely agree with your points, and the resources at the end will be so incredibly valuable ... more

My Kids Won't Ever Get the Perfect Attendance Award

At the end of every nine weeks in school, the teacher would call the kids who had perfect attendance to the front of the classroom so they could get their certificate. I never got one of those certificates. Not once. I was a rather sickly child. Our older son has gotten a few, though not this nine weeks after a series of viruses made their way -- oh-so-slowly -- through our household. Shell at Things I Can't Say recently admitted to why her kids will never get that certificate either. Really, I understood her list quite well. Do your kids get perfect attendance? ...more
Definitely agree! I hate the pressure on "perfect attendance" when life events truly interfere, ... more

Finding Beauty in a Harsh Existence

I spent a lot of time while reading Lisa Gardner's newest book, Touch and Go, trying to figure out Libby. She was broken but she also showed a resilience and strength that surprised me, as I believe it did her kidnappers. I appreciated the glimpses of her past that we received, particularly the one below:...more
I often find beauty at the very end of the day, when I tuck my children into bed. I go back to ... more

Vegan-ish?: Not Eating Meat, Except When You Do

Over the last 43 years, I've been a vegan, a vegetarian, and a meat-eater. Now I think of myself as vegan-ish....more
Yeah. I struggle with all of this. In many ways, I think I care more about animals than I do ... more

Would You Maim a Buddy?

Now, hold on. I don't mean that the way it sounds, I promise! I like to read the author's notes and acknowledgements in books and Lisa Gardner's notes for Touch and Go were fascinating. I loved finding out how many characters in the book were named after real people....more
I get so invested in stories that I'd be afraid to offer up the name of someone close to me. I ... more

Knowing Isn't Always Enough

In Lisa Gardner's new thriller, Touch and Go, the characters really knew better than to do many of things they did. The kidnappers knew that kidnapping a whole family was wrong. Libby knew taking drugs to numb the pain wasn't a good thing. Knowing something is right isn't always enough....more
Uh, yes... (typing with one hand while chewing off a nail on the other)    Sometimes knowing is ... more