“Do Angelina Jolie’s Adopted Kids Have Hurt Parts?”

My daughter can list all of the Kardashians, but somehow never noticed Angelina Jolie until Maleficent. She’d heard of Brad Pitt. She didn’t really know who he was, but knew he was very famous. She was very impressed when I told her he was Angelina’s partner. "Wow! She’s with him? I’ve heard of him!” She was even more interested in the story when she heard about Brad and Angelina Jolie’s adopted kids. ...more
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Love this!more

Why Saying You Love Everything About Motherhood Is a Big, Fat Lie

I’ve told my sweet princess I love everything about motherhood so many times.  Well, guess what?  I admitted to her yesterday that sometimes Mom lies.While I do love being that child’s mom and am convinced I was created especially for the job, I most certainly found a part of it that I hate…Cleaning up vomit....more

Thanks for the Sex Education for my kid, Carnival Cruise!

I recently took my thirteen year-old daughter on a Carnival Cruise - and she got a big dose of sex education at sea!  We saw lots of skin and some doors were opened for good conversations....more

"Re-homing" children: Most parents who disrupt adoptions aren't villains

Reuters recently released a series of articles on parents who take it upon themselves to “re-home” their adopted children.  The media is calling these children “unwanted” and implying that they are being thrown away without thought or care.Children being passed on to a new family with less effort than someone re-homing the class hamster is certainly a disgusting practice that needs our attention. ...more

Birthday Redo: Why We Repeated Our Daughter's First 9 Birthdays

She was sobbing that she wished she was only six one morning and an idea popped into my head. We missed out on her first nine birthdays. Her tenth birthday was the first one we were part of and it was the first birthday party she’d ever had. I decided to redo all of the others. ...more
What an awesome idea!!! I wish I had thought of that when our kids came to us. Ironically our ...more

Why My Daughter's Messy Room Isn't Important

My darling daughter  has a really hard time picking up after herself.  She’ll pleasantly spend hours cleaning and organizing the kitchen, including “polishing” the stainless steel garbage can, but can’t tackle her own spaces in the same way.She joined our family three years ago when we adopted her from the foster care system.  She was nine-years-old and had suffered significant trauma....more
Love the way you handled this, This is a lesson she will remember forever.more

Dozier School for Boys: Beatings, rape and unmarked graves

I suddenly remembered my library books were four days overdue yesterday.    I listen to a talk radio station in the car and was instantly pulled in to the horrifying story they were discussing. The Dozier School for Boys....more

10 things I Didn't Do at BlogHer13

I can’t believe a whole week has already passed since BlogHer13.  I’ve seen dozens of posts on what attendees did and learned at the conference.  I’m going to tell you what I didn’t do instead.10 things I didn’t do at BlogHer 13:...more
I'm a fan of your didn't do list. I'm a big fan of it, actually!   (I'm a NY Pizza girl, too!)more

My tween learned about vibrators at BlogHer13

I brought my daughter to the 2013 BlogHer confernece with me.  She had her very own full conference student pass.  She also attended last year in NYC with me.  She's 12-years-old, but is still very "little girl."  She still loves stuffed animals, pretend play and holding my hand in public.We have a great relationship.  I have patted myself in the back with pride for answering her sex questions for years.  "What's a condom?""What is oral sex?""Do you and Dad ever have sex?""Why would anyone want to do that?"...more
They gave away both. ;)more