Mental Illness - 30 Years And Counting

As a child, mental illness was not discussed although it was all around. Alcoholism. Depression. Anxiety. If you look at my family’s health history, we might have amazing cholesterol numbers and fabulous blood pressure, but our brains are fucked. It seems statistically impossible to escape mentally unscathed. ...more
It does help to get a diagnosis. You now know what you are fighting against and what you can try ...more

Embracing My "Advanced Maternal Age"


My 9 Year Old Hurt Himself Because of Homework

As a mom who has also been an educator for over a decade, I have endless respect for my kids’ teachers and their strapped public school system. Every year, I watch teachers and schools try to do more with less and I watch more and more friends give up on their public school and get a spot at a charter school or find the money for private....more

You Can't Spell Families Without Lies - How Holidays Suck For Dysfunctional Families

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, there is one big, universal push to celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. Buy, buy, buy. Party, party, party. The cute Christmas cards come streaming through the mailbox every day, the school events, recitals, and class party emails start flooding your inbox, and everyone asks about your holiday plans.What are you doing for Christmas? Are you traveling? Are your parents visiting? Are you having company?...more

Divorce? Can We Keep That Under Wraps Until After Christmas?

What to do, what to do? Over the past few years, my husband and I, like many couples, have had to navigate some tricky family situations. Deaths and divorces and drug abuse and infidelity might be commonplace in our country but, when these issues are impacting immediate family members, they take on a different significance. When you have small children who really need a few more years to be sheltered from the darker side of life, it can be hard to support your family members and also protect your children at the same time....more

Gestational Diabetes Is No Joke, Friends

Big sigh. I just left a super stressful OB appointment that included words like “induction” and “stillbirth.” I’ve cried three times since leaving that office, technically four times if you count the tears at the reception desk while scheduling my next appointments. A cell phone with a dead battery didn’t help the growing suffocating feeling of isolation and dread that spread quickly through my body immediately after my doctor walked out of the room....more

Was it planned? And other dumb questions you shouldn’t ask a pregnant woman.

I have an amazing ability to not look pregnant for a really, really long time. So, for this fifth baby, my husband and I decided to keep this little nugget of info to ourselves for as long as possible. When we finally broke down and started sharing the news with people – around 20 weeks or so, maybe more – our friends wondered why on earth would we wait so long to share such joyous information....more

If you're not pregnant on social media, are you really pregnant?

I am a chronic over-sharer. I confess. I am an over-sharer in real life so the progression to over-sharing on every possible social media outlet was quick and painless. As a teacher, I rationalized my early-adopter ways by saying it was “for my job” – you know, so I could stay connected to my hip, young students....more