Summer Reading Incentives

Happy summer, dear readers! Technically, I realize we have a few weeks before summer commences, but here at Casa de Chaos the kids are out of school and running up and down the street with abandon.  They have friends with them, so it's not just random running. ...more

Use Your Words: Why What You Say Around a Child Matters

My seven-year-old came inside from a raucous night of playing with his sister and some of their friends who live on either side of us and announced that one of his friends, a six-year-old girl in kindergarten, was called the F-word four times at school. "The F-word. I don't even know what it means," he scrunched up his eyes. "Well, that's something we'll discuss when you're a little older," I said, hoping I had defused the situation and we could move along. "F-U-C-K. Fuck. What does it even mean?" ...more

Parenting: One of THOSE Days

Crisis - noun, plural crises...more

All I Want For Christmas (and Hannukkah) is . . . EVERYTHING!

I remember as a child being jealous of my Christian friends during the Christmas season.  What Jewish kid isn't?  The lights, the tree, the stockings, the songs, the presents, the fat man with the red suit and the big white beard.  When you compare some candles and a few gifts - usually socks and underwear (which, my friends, do not count as presents) - Christmas wins, hands down.  My parents didn't shield me from Christmas; they enabled my Christmas lust....more

Submit your ADHD stories to ADDled

In celebration of ADHD Awareness Month - all October, every October, y'all - I've decided to take the leap into guest posts. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, consider submitting a short contribution to my new series: ...more

Shock and Awe. Safe and Sound.

Summer is winding down.Well, technically summer doesn't end until September, but summer vacation from elementary school is winding down.  Can you feel my shoulders start to relax, see the wine glass in my hand, hear the maniacal exhaustion laughter?  Don't misunderstand....more

You Went To BlogHer '13 and All I Got Was a Ton of Free Lube?

BlogHer 2013.  What is it? Kate made this darling badge.  I heart Kate....more

BlogHer '13: You're Not Ready For My Brand of Awkward!

This is definitely my summer of travel.  First the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference in Ohio, then Florida with the fam, jetsetting to Ireland with my MFA peeps, and now - only one week back home - I'm roadtripping to Chicago with the sassiest blogger in the 'sphere (that's what the young people call it, right?), Ms. Kate at Nested.  Whyfore the trip to Chicago, you ask?  How is it that your loyal and hardworking husband is not divorcing you, you also may ask?...more

The Comfort Zone

HELLLLLLLOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I returned home on Monday from two weeks away from family (although, not friends) during my MFA residency in Ireland.  Residencies are always intense:...more

The things we do for love

Summertiiiiiiiiiime. And the blogging ain't eeeeeeeasy. I could go on, but you get the picture. Yep, school is out and I've returned to my role as pack mule/chauffeur/personal assistant/personal chef/home health care nurse/police officer.  And it hasn't even been a full week since the last day.  Strap in, readers, it's going to be a wacky summer with fewer posts than I would like.  But, you know, those children of mine demand to be fed, so what can I do? ...more