I Am Not Drug Free

This past week was Red Ribbon week at my son's school.  There were lots of activities at schools all over the country about self-esteem, peer pressure, and drugs. This is supposed to help children make better choices and prevent them from using drugs.  My son came home with a ribbon that proclaimed that he was "Drug Free".  I just smiled and made a fuss over him like I always do.  He's six, so I didn't say what I really thought about his ribbon: I think that the message is outdated, and misses the point. ...more

My Son Is Not Amused

No Feeties, Please

We found these in Target....more
Haha! I saw those same PJs in Target a couple weeks ago and texted a picture to my husband as a ...more

Mammogrammy

My Ob-Gyn doctor is the kind of doctor who 'tells it like it is'.   I may not like what he says, but I know that it's the plain unvarnished truth.  That is one of the reasons that I've been his patient for more than twenty years.  Since I hit forty(which was just yesterday, mind you), the Doc has been handing me the orders for a mammogram.  The first time, I went right away, and everything came back wonderful.  That was seven years ago.  He kept handing me the orders, and I kept putting that piece of paper in a "safe" place and promptly forgetting all abou...more

Questions to Ask About School Safety

My precious baby is going to an actual school!  There's now so many more things for me, as his mother, to worry about!  Will he like his teacher? Will he stay in his seat?  Is he going to make friends?  Will he remember to put the toilet seat down and wash his hands without me yelling reminders?  Will he eat the sensible lunch I made him or trade it for some gummi bears and crackers?  Is he going to be safe? ...more

The Fifty Phenomenon

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?  No?  I have.  And so have about fifty of my female friends.  And fifty of their female friends. And so on...  ...more

Is Your Child's School Prepared?

Emergency planning is, unfortunately, not a high priority for most schools. Parents need to know this. Many schools go through the required fire drills, tornado drills, etc. Some schools have fancy flip charts that are immediately put into a teacher's desk and forgotten. There's just not really a budget for emergency planning, and if there is some sort of organized effort in a district, the ball gets dropped when the people pushing for the planning retire or move on. Nobody wants to consider that emergencies might happen....more
First week in school, my daughter's school drills for a large variety of emergency situations ...more

Untraditional

My father wanted a boy when I came along.  That is probably not true, but that's how I've always felt. While I was growing up, he would regularly take me out in the backyard and try to teach me some sort of father-son thing, like baseball(at least until he beaned me) or how to hunt for snakes(check), or fishing(except for the killing and cleaning).  Then my brother came along, and he was actually good at the boy stuff, being a boy and all. ...more

The Presence of Presence

My husband often accuses me of waiting until the last minute to buy gifts for people. When he does that, I usually end up walking off in a huff; I think that I do good huff. Secretly, I have to consider that Larry might be right, but it's not laziness that keeps me from braving stores early. It's the idea that a gift must be perfect that gets me. It stops me in my tracks and paralyzes me with indecisiveness. I hate that. ...more

War Paint

My husband and I carpool to work and we drop my son off at his daycare on the way. In order to save time, I usually put my make up on in the car. I was applying my eyeshadow the other morning when Zane piped up from the backseat. "You going to battle, Mama?" he asked. I snorted before I could stop myself. "Yes, son," I told him. "Mama is going to battle." "What do you think Mama is going to battle, Zane?" My husband was curious. "A big giant ROBOT!!!!" was the answer. We all laughed as we pulled into the daycare parking lot. ...more