Grandparenting: It Isn’t For Everyone

It’s your grandchild’s first birthday, Grandma! You are: a. on your previously scheduled cruise. What?! Tickets were non-refundable. b. holding the birthday child on your lap, smiling for pictures as though you’re working the red carpet. ...more
I love spending time with my grandbabies!more

There Are All Kinds of Ways to Lose a Child

It is enough to gaze into trees climbing the hill above us. It is almost time to leave but I cannot turn the radio off. I stand there, losing precious moments in a busy day, savoring the gentle voice of a stranger -- a man whose son killed himself. He says, “there are all kinds of ways to lose a child.” How do you tell someone your 17 ½ year old daughter is gone -- alive, but gone....more
Shannon LC Cate Seven months later, I just stumbled back to this post & saw your comment for the ...more

11-Year-Old Sebastien De La Cruz Is an Inspiration to Kids Facing Racism

[Editor's Note: Even if you don't follow the NBA finals, you need to check out the 11-year-old sensation who sang the national anthem two nights last week. Sebastien De La Cruz first sang at last Tuesday night's game in San Antonio, Texas. People made racist comments about the Mexican-American boy dressed in a mariachi outfit, but the real story is how he responded gracefully and was invited back to sing again. Like many watchers, Monica at Mommy Maestra is inspired by Sebastien....more
He is a true talent and a delightful spirit.  He captured our National Anthem beautifully!  ...more

Allergy-Proofing Our Home For Our Daughter's Health

I think I’ve had about 72 “I am a mom” moments since my two littles were born. ...more
@SuburbanCorrespndnt YES!! YES!! The world cannot accommodate her and we will teach her to be ...more

Reality TV & Social Media: Are Bling Ring Teens Now Tweet/Like/Steal Thieves?

When I was in middle school, shoplifting was a twisted rite of passage for my friends. We were full of angst and surrounded by deep desire for the cool makeup, clothes and accessories (translation: the cool lives) we saw in Seventeen magazine. Those consumer desires met deeper desires for excitement and acceptance. Obviously a bad choice, shoplifting was the consumer version of our eating disorders and drug experiments, yielding us the coveted goods while letting us feel as powerful as we imagined sex would someday be. Our hauls were thrilling and nauseating, secrets that usually stayed hidden in the bottom of our lockers until thrown away....more
On a side note, what the hell is wrong with these celebrities leaving keys under the mat, safe's ...more

How Do We Protect Our Teens from Young Love & Raging Hormones?

I pulled up to a stop sign minutes from my house and saw two young teenagers holding hands and talking intimately. They were wearing backpacks and seemed to be saying goodbye. I imagine that they just got off the school bus together. I watched the girl turn coyly from the boy as he brushed the hair from her face....more
Yes, my son is 17 and he has a girlfriend, I told him that he needs to wait but I know how ...more

21 Last Minute Gifts for Dad for Father's Day

Hi. Did you know Father's Day is on Sunday? As in this Sunday, June 16, 2013. Yeah. I knew that. Except then I forgot. Whoops. To be fair, my husband will get to kick back on the beach with a beer in one hand, possibly a beer in the other hand and the knowledge that there's going to be steak later in the day. In fact, so will my dad. Hooray for accidental mutli-generational vacations that occur on Father's Day! But if you can't whisk the dads in your life off to the beach this Sunday, check out what some other great bloggers are putting together for Father's Day....more
Thanks for sharing, Jenna!more

Operation Lose the Pacifier: Is There Really a Winner in this War?

Have you ever known an addict who just begged you for another hit of whatever they’re into, and they cry and whine and plead and promise things and you just get really worn out from being a sober companion? Do you seriously consider giving in so you can get one freaking evening to yourself without all the crying and calling and yelling already? Congratulations. You know what it’s like to break a three-year-old of his precious pacifier....more
Just loving all the conversation here, ladies! Thanks for reading and commenting!more

Do You Exercise with Your Kids?

Do you exercise with your kids? I'm finding that the older Lil Man gets, the more he participates in my fitness program. I admit that I usually have to keep the hand weights away. He lifts them (yes, even the 10lb ones). And I'm afraid he's going to drop them on himself....more
She'll be 8 years old tomorrow, btw.more

Choosing Cloth Diapers For My Babies

I have a tendency to throw myself into new endeavors full-force; to go all out, whole hog, and to try to be the very best (or at least, my very best) within the context of each new experience. Motherhood has certainly been no exception. ...more