I was all but 21 when I became pregnant with my daughter. I'd been with her father since I was a junior in high school. We weren't the serious couple who talked about marriage and having children - there were girls like that at my school, but I wasn't one of them. We never lived together, and kept in touch during college. I recall my father telling me that marriage and having children involved more than just love. And I also recall him telling me that this guy wouldn't amount to much in life, which he said, "that's fine, depending on what you want,"....more
Dear Mouthy Housewives,My daughter left for sleep away camp a week and a half ago, and I am nauseous. I am just so sad. I feel like a part of me is missing. And I am paying for this experience! ...more
Pixar's newest offering, Inside Out, is pretty darned amazing for the way it suits all ages, offering not just fun, but food for thought.
While the audience is privileged to see what's going on in the head of the main character -- an 11-year-old girl named Riley -- her animated parents are not so lucky. They have no idea that Riley is in deep, deep trouble, tumbling head over heels into a bottomless pit of loneliness and indifference.
Salt N Pepa aside...I knew this day was coming, I just didn’t know when. So when last week my precocious official fourth grade daughter piped up from the back seat, “Mom, have you heard about 50 shades of gray? Sandy says it has lots of SEX in it. What IS sex, anyway?,” I clutched my steering wheel a little harder, took a deep breath and dove right in. ...more
American teens are really unhappy. They report experiencing as much or more stress than adults, while feeling less supported at home. So, where did the happy childhood go? Was it just a myth? Or is the new American Dream partially to blame for its demise?...more
Don't you just hate it when you're learning something new and you hit a button that posts your post before you're finished.This is take two!! LOLAs we head into the second month of summer, I've been trying to spend more time with my tween and teen (yep, I have one of both). They're boys and often it can be really difficult to find ways to connect with them. I think in these years it's often easier for dad to connect with boys then it is for us moms....more
As we head into the second month of summer, I've been trying to spend more time with my tween and teen (yep, I have one of both). They're boys and often it can be really difficult to find ways to connect with them. I think in these years it's often easier for dad to connect with boys then it is for us moms.It was so much easier when they were little. Play with them, cuddle with them, sing to them, etc., but as they grew, we started growing apart just a bit. ...more
"Mom?" said my 9-year-old Sophie, looking up from her iPad game and glancing over at me with her big, brown eyes and a sheepish grin on her face.
"What's up?" I asked, girding myself for a request I would not want or be able to fulfill.
"Can I start using the word crap?" Her sheepish grin was still glued to her face.