My most stressed out time as a parent is ahead of me

There are things that as a parent you can't prepare for. I like lists, so here is just a few of them:...more

Please don't yawn in front of me

Full disclosure: I just yawned while typing that title. Here's the thing: I am very susceptible to yawning. If I see someone yawn in front of me, I am going to yawn back at them. And when I do, I really hope that they are not also susceptible to yawning, otherwise we have entered a very dangerous yawning loop from which no woman can escape....more

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad....more

Raising a kind child

Whenever my son doesn't get his way, he declares that my husband and I are being mean to him. Of course he does. In his world "mean" is the best word he has to describe the situation. It is horribly mean of us to ask him to follow the household rules, or for us to squash his fun by taking him on errands, or for us to encourage him to finish his morning tasks so we can get to school on time....more

Practice doesn't make new

There are a lot of things we practice in our household (like politeness and shoe tying), because - after all - practice makes perfect. That is not a phrase my son likes to hear. He (like most children) gets frustrated when he is unable to master something on the first try. We've all been there....more

The next generation of parents

My husband once shared an interesting observation about our generation's way of parenting. He said that we tend to make changes for our children based off what we didn't like about our own childhoods: ...more

Are you an adult?

I am in my mid-thirties. I manage a team of people in a frequently high-pressure industry. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother to a chaotic (aka normal) five year old. But sometimes I do not feel like an adult....more

Keeping a digital tab on your teen

I know that I am going to stalk my son on his mobile device. It will not matter to me how responsible he is, or what agreement we will have around his device or how old he is. I will be stalking him. Mostly because I love him....more

No one is paying attention to you

This time it happened before breakfast. My son woke up and started asking questions about how babies fit in the womb. So, of course, we looked at cross-sectional drawings of pregnant women and discussed how a baby was born....more
But I thought siblings teach socialization: helping each other, sharing things, tolerating other ...more

You seem angry

Yesterday, we talked about what makes people (ok - white men) happy...more
This is really interesting. I wonder what we can poll about to focus on the positive side of ...more