The Good and Bad News about Having a Tweenager

You’ve been enjoying the sweet spot of parenting...more

You Put Your Meat In There

I like my meat hot and spicy before I stuff it in … a roll. I also like my recipes paired with...more

If You Give Foxy a Fish Head…

I promise I know how to behave properly in public. I can keep my voice down. I practice good manners ....more

Sometimes I’m Serious Too

September 6-12 is National Suicide Prevention Week. I lost my brother to suicide three years ago, and I live with chronic depression and anxiety myself. So this week is important to me to say the least ....more

How to Be the Best Crappy Tooth Fairy Ever

Parenting experts want to lecture you on...more

12 Reasons Why I Didn’t Shower Today

My Dearest Husband, Welcome home! I hope you had a wonderful day at work. I know, I know, I look like hell (again) this evening ....more

Emergency Kits for Teachers

At my kids’ school, we are required to put together an emergency snack-pack for each of our children. The packs are...more

9 Rules of Swearing for My Children

To my sweet, innocent child, I have heard your furious whispers. I have seen your trembling hands move quickly to hide the scribbled notes. I know — you’re experimenting with some new language ....more

9 Vacation Tips from the Trenches

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I just got back from a slightly-over-a-week-long vacation with my family. (“Family Vacation” is the cruelest oxymoron of them all.) Spending eight days tromping around the Pacific Northwest and sharing a teeny tiny hotel room with a nine-year-old, a twelve-year-old, and my husband has given me time to grow and reflect upon how to better handle such an adventure, should it ever (or never) happen again. Here are several lessons...more

15 Bitter Truths About Mothering a Tween Girl

Being the mom of a tween girl is like being on a roller coaster ride. There are highs and lows. Parts that are exhilarating and parts where you grip the handrails and hope you survive ....more