I really want to apologize to my kids. I fucked up and completely miscalculated. Not a big surprise, knowing how much I suck at math and science. I totally meant to raise them in 1979, not 2015. When I thought about having kids, I thought about them growing up riding their bikes without a helmet, playing kickball or hide and seek, whenever and wherever, without fear of someone texting and driving or having an opinion about them not wearing a helmet and having a bottle of water within arm's reach....more

Little Green

"There'll be icicles and birthday clothesAnd sometimes there'll be sorrow"Joni Mitchell, Little Green...more

An Inconvenient Celebration?

I love the holiday season. I love the festive lights, the feelings of goodwill and the stories of our various beliefs and how we all celebrate in our unique and special ways....more

"Student of the Month" is Stupid

“I’m pretty much guaranteed to never be Student of the Month,” my oldest son tells me. He is in the third grade. This is a harsh thing for an 8 year-old to believe. I would love to tell him that even though in the three previous years at his school he has never received this “honor”, there is always hope. Unfortunately, I made a promise not to blatantly lie to my children....more

And the Tree was Happy

“Let’s read this book, Mom,” he said, handing me The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein....more

Tales from the Backseat

Today, we were driving in the car and I was listening to the boys talking amongst themselves."I bet you can't name the boy singing, but I'll give you a hint," says the Big One."Okay, I can do it," Little Guy proclaims."His name is Justin.""Oh! I know this.  Wait.  No, I don't.""Justin Beaver.  But I think he's dead.  He was like 112 or something.""I know him.  Yeah, he's dead.  Mommy?  Isn't Justin Beeger dead?"  Little Guy asks....more

Let's Try Not to Get Hepatitis Today, Ok?

Yesterday was one of those days where I found myself doing, saying and experiencing things I never imagined I would ever do, say or experience.  Things that when you imagine being a parent, you NEVER could possibly anticipate.  Things you NEVER thought you would NEED to say.  If you have kids, I expect that you will relate to at least one.  If you are considering having children, maybe just read these as cautionary tales, it's certainly possible it's just my precious little gems who are adorably insane....more

Good Intentions

Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo and I have posted 17 times.  That's 55%, if I round up, which of course I did.  To some, posting just over half of the time would be a failure, but this, for me, could not be further from the truth.   I did not set out with any intentions to post each day- although that was something to strive towards.  For me, it was my intention to follow through and participate in this for the entire month....more

Date Night

When I was in my twenties, single and without children or much in the way of responsibility, I used to occasionally take myself on a date.  I would take a shower, put on makeup and a nice outfit and even spray on a little perfume too.  The courtship of myself was something I took seriously and I wanted to impress myself.  I picked a nice restaurant, enjoyed a good meal and then if I was in the mood, I would treat myself to a movie or a coffee in a cafe someplace.  A lady never kisses and tells, but if the date went well... maybe I'd get lucky?  Who knows?...more

When is Hate OK?

This may sound like a stupid question.  Obviously, most people agree that hate is NOT ok.  But lately I've been seeing some examples of things I consider pretty hateful and they upset me.  I mean, what is the right thing to do when you see hate around you?  Do you have a responsibility to stand up and say something?  What if it means that others might end up hating me?  What am I teaching my kids when I see hateful acts and say nothing?...more