This mom doesn’t want your advice. Do I?

Here is a hard truth about myself, based on 44 1/2 years of experience: I don’t like unsolicited advice. I ask for advice and/or opinions on a regular basis. But the reality is that I don’t generally like when someone just freely offers their opinions on how something should/could/would be done. I admit it. I like to be my own advocate....more
chelseanenno I think what wounds me is the idea that they are learning at such an early age that ...more

7 pickup lines to get new mommy friends

As you get older, you realize that making friends isn't what it used to be. When you were younger, you met people at school or church, through sports or extracurricular activities, or because they were related to you. Once you get out of college, it gets a little harder, as you either have to make friends through work or through your existing friends.When you're a stay-at-home mom, living in a brand new town where you don't know anyone, the only work friends you have are destroying your house, and you definitely don't want to invite them to have coffee. It's a conundrum....more

Top 10 Gifts for Geeks this holiday season

As you've noticed, we've been running our 2013 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with The Noise of Boys for a few weeks, with what we hope are helpful suggestions. Today, Thomas is taking over to remind us of the technology-lovin' folks in our lives and what they might want to receive. And so we present the Top 10 Gifts for Geeks - stuff they'll love! ...more

Forever I Will Have Nightmares of my Time as Santa's Field Medic

Welcome to the latest installment of a weekly contribution to the site by my husband, Thomas: Chasing Rabbits. In case you missed the first one, why Chasing Rabbits? My husband will be the first to admit that his thought process can be a bit…er…random. ...more

Thanksgiving memories with mom - the first and last

When I was a kid growing up, holidays were outstanding. My parents always went above and beyond, even when I was very young, and they didn't have much money. We did the traveling thing, visiting various relatives, and we did the gift thing. Over the years, we started traditions, like going to the movies on Thanksgiving night, driving around to see the holiday lights on Christmas Eve. ...more

5 Ways to Tell if You are the Favorite Parent in Your House

Welcome back to Thursday, as Jodi at The Noise of Boys and I take turns with our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches series. We’ll pick a topic each week about trying to figure out just what is the difference in raising boys (hers) and raising girls (mine) and share our thoughts with you. ...more

Homemade racing cars are the best cars, especially when you have to share

Welcome to the sixth installment of a weekly contribution to the site by my husband, Thomas: Chasing Rabbits. In case you missed the first one, why Chasing Rabbits? My husband will be the first to admit that his thought process can be a bit…er…random. ...more

There's a snake under my daughter's bed! WTH???

My husband likes to say that our youngest, Leelou, can speak parseltongue, like in the Harry Potter books, because in her ongoing effort to learn to talk, she sometimes grins mischievously (like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, if I tell the truth), and produces a series of noises that sound kind of like, "spspsp...adohomin...spspsp." ...more
When I was a toddler my mom found me sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor playing with a ...more

Peace versus solitude and the zen of chocolate

Peace versus solitude. In other words, the quiet moments when you can be contemplative, focus your thoughts, find some mental or physical release, if you believe that exercise relaxes the brain as well as the body. Maybe not as much as chocolate, but you get the idea....more