And This Happened the Day I Didn't Wear Underwear

I had to take my 12-year-old to get X-rays today on his knee. As we were waiting, I asked him if he had on clean underwear. He looked at me like I was a freak. Obviously he has never heard this before. I explained it is something moms or grandmas always tell you to do. “Make sure you have on clean underwear every day. You never know when you are going to end up at the doctor’s office.”...more
Hilarious! I would have done the same thing. I think my guy probably would have let me wear his, ...more

It's True: I Am a Horrible Friend

I am a horrible friend. No, really, I am a horrible friend. It's not that I am antisocial. It's not that I really don't like people. I use my husband as the excuse. Oh, I can't go to lunch with you because, well, Chris gets frustrated when I am gone. He does, but that is not the real reason....more
I stay close to those I feel safe with. They have proven their worth a million times over.more

Mothers Are So Embarrassing

It was my Meat Loaf moment. A few weeks ago, I took my two daughters to see a Broadway show starring Sutton Foster (who may not be a household name across the country, but for my two theater-obsessed kids is pretty much the coolest thing ever), a two-time Tony-winning singer/actress/dancer, and star of the late, lamented ABC Family series "Bunheads." After the show ended, we lined up with all the other theater geeks by the stage door to get her autograph. ...more
Very fun story - I think it's a rite of passage for mom's to embarrass their kids. I try to make ...more

13 Years of Lessons Since 9/11

In 2001, I lived in New Jersey. I was married with two children who were not yet on their own, one in middle school and one at Rutgers University. My only sibling, a brother seven years younger than I, lived not too far from me in Staten Island. He worked in New York as a loss prevention manager at Macy's. Every work morning, he took the subway that traveled under the Twin Towers. Our parents remained in New Orleans, where we grew up. ...more
Beautiful article! I always try to live in the present, learn from my mistakes and hope that I ...more

How I Became Politically and Socially Aware

I had to do it. First, I asked a rhetorical question of the two women with the two boys, hawking some kind of snack food in front of Trader Joe’s: “Are you really affiliated with the Boy Scouts?” “Yes,” one said hesitantly. Later, she walked by my car as I put in groceries. “You know the Boy Scouts are homophobic,” I said. “Our troop isn’t,” she said. “The organization is; the Boy Scout guidelines are,” I said. “Well, I want to give my son the experience of scouting,” she answered. ...more
You know, Lisa Belkin just today wrote a long, excellent article about whether parents should be ...more

Giving Up the Mommy Guilt

It has not escaped my notice that women with children often express regret about their performance as mothers. I remember coming back from my own (partially paid) maternity leave, and for two months, driving to drop off and pick up at two different day care centers, doing my work, running the household, rocking the baby, mothering the four-year-old, and feeling like a total failure at everything I did. (Yes, I had a husband at home, but he left early for his office, and came home late, getting in his hours and pushing for professional advancement.)...more
Thank you for putting words to how I feel right now...! I am the mother of four little boys - ...more

Domestic Violence: How to Be a Better Bystander

To be blunt, domestic violence is frightening.Seeing it happen, hearing it happening or finding out it is happening to a friend is stressful. What do you do? Finding a supportive way to get involved may seem overwhelming....more

Laid Off? How I Survived the Job Search

They say that doors close so new ones can open, and now that I have found a new job I hope for that to be as true as it has proven to be in the past....more
That is great you were fortunate to find one quickly as you were very proactive. My last layoff ...more

A Little Piece of Me Dies Every Time I Get a Voicemail

A lot of my friends give me a hard time because I don’t check my voicemail regularly ever....more
I refuse to give up my landline in case of emergency but through ATT you have an option called ...more

My Life Ended When I Became A Mother

Last week was quiet. Like freaky quiet. The house was calm. There were no slamming doors or elephant-like stampedes down the stairs or shouts of "Get out of my room NOW!" No one complained about someone else breathing their air or farting in their general proximity or licking their toothbrush just to be a smart ass. ...more
I'm kind of in shock by reading the responses. I guess? I can see where they're coming from but ...more