What I didn’t learn from adoption books

Lately, I’ve had several people ask me to recommend adoption books....more

Chin Hair, Poise Pads and the Fun of Forty-something

When I was twenty, I didn’t spend much time thinking about what it would be like to be…well…old.  My forties and fifties seemed like they were a helluva long way off…mostly because they were. If I’d have stopped to think about what midlife would look like, I’d probably imagine myself wearing polyester stretch pants, pantyhose with reinforced toes and that thing you wear around your neck where you push a button that alerts 911 if you “fall and can’t get up.”  And sensible shoes. Lots of sensible shoes....more

My Divorce Will Be Different

When I was five, my dad left. He rode off on a motorcycle leaving my mom with me, and my newborn sister. And no one talked about it ....more

A birth mom’s adoption story

I began my blogging journey in 2011 to write about adoption....more

Eight Reasons I’ll Never Be Mother of the Year – Ever

I love awards. I love the shiny gleam of trophies and medals. I love seeing my name printed on a piece of paper that says “well done!” I’ve racked up lots of awards in my lifetime: I’ve gotten awards for music, running, and scouting ....more

Six parenting hacks from a (mostly) good mom

Some days, I really rock this parenting thing. Other...more

An Open Letter to My Sons About Peeing in the Toilet

To My Dear Sons, I love you more than my own life. There’s probably not much I wouldn’t do for you, including giving you that last bite of my ice cream. I mean…if I’m stupid enough to eat something yummy in your presence instead of hiding behind the bathroom door like any sane mom would […] ...more

Why kids hate musical chairs

I am excited to welcome back Jenny Kanevsky to Ripped Jeans and Bifocals....more

10 bits of unsolicited advice from a self-proclaimed know-it-all

I am a big fan of giving unsolicited advice. Others may not be big fans of it, but that’s okay. I have strong opinions and I’m often compelled to share them, even when people wish I wouldn’t ....more