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The dilemma of the white lie

  • 20 Nov, 2007
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Generally speaking, I’m all about honesty. Why has Mommy locked herself in the bathroom? It’s called food poisoning. And the door is locked because it’s possible your eyes would never fully recover upon witnessing what is happening on the other side. Why are we having hot cocoa and cereal for dinner? Because those are two […]

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Parenting Experiment No. 65

  • 08 Nov, 2007
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The Subjects: My children, ages 8, 8, 6 and myself. Hypothesis: Changing my attitude first will produce the same desired effect in my kids. A few years ago a gentlemen asked my dad how he raised such nice kids. Everyone in the room paused, listened in, and waited for my dad to impart his words […]

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Coming Full Circle

My mom is going to grin ear to ear when she reads this. When I was a child, my mother had a particular way of correcting my grammar. She basically pretended she didn’t hear me and/or didn’t understand me when I spoke inappropriately. IT DROVE ME ABSOLUTELY NUTS. Aimee: “Me and Jenny are playing with […]

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I blame retailers for enabling my pre-Halloween celebrations

  • 31 Oct, 2007
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There’s nothing wrong with the way I grew up. I rode backwards in the station wagon, we only had two TV channels and Halloween only lasted one day. We made our costumes, carved our pumpkins, and trick-o-treated all on Halloween night. When did people make Halloween a month-long celebration? And by people, I mean me. […]

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Ten Reasons To Stay Ten Forever

  • 18 Oct, 2007
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My daughter has recently graduated from the local summer soccer league to this new, year-round, traveling-across-the-state, you’re-in-the-big-leagues-now soccer team. She loves everything about being on this team, from the standard issue sweatshirt with her name embroidered on it, to the more strenuous training that involves a coach telling her she needs to “carb load” before […]

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“I can barely handle my two kids, I don’t know how you do it!” This is the phrase I most often hear when we are out in public. A close second is the phrase “you have your hands full!” I realize that in this age of convenience our family represents an odd throwback to the […]

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Playful Parenting

My natural inclination could be called a “German Dictator” style of parenting. And I married a goofball who seems to have an imagination the size of Texas. It’s sometimes hard to keep up. So, when I came upon the book Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen, I knew I would glean at least a few nuggets […]

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We Need to Talk

If you think the words “we need to talk” strike fear in the hearts of men everywhere, you should try them on your children. “We need to talk,” I said, when all three children came home from school. The panicked look on their faces was hard to miss. Gathering everyone into the living room for […]

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Proof that I am a mean mom

  • 06 Oct, 2007
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Growing up I had a nice mom. You would think that little girls with nice moms grow up to become nice moms themselves. Not in my case. Here are few examples of how not-nice I can be. I had the nerve to take my kids to I.H.O.P for breakfast, instead of Denny’s like they wanted. […]

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A love letter to coaches everywhere

  • 27 Sep, 2007
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To My Favorite Coaches: Let me preface by saying thank you. Truly. Because if all the world were to line up from Most Sporty to Least Sporty, I’d be the woman standing behind the houseplants. So I sincerely appreciate the fact that you magnanimously dedicate your time to activities that stretch my child’s social and […]

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