Why You Should Never Make Assumptions Based on Appearances

These three stories illustrate why you should never make assumptions about people—especially parents—based on what you see or hear.1) "The SuperSized Coke and a Pack of Smokes"When the kids were younger, I took them to morning swim lessons at our local pool. One morning, while getting out of the car, I noticed a large McDonald’s soda cup and an empty cigarette pack that someone had left next to our parking space....more

Embracing 40

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary OliverI called my grandmother ten years ago to wish her a Happy Birthday—her 80th. She laughed and said, “Oh, Annie. I don’t FEEL 80.” I had recently turned 30, and I was just beginning to see how this whole time thing works. Still, I understood her sentiment: We’re all 24 in our own heads....more

Are These Things Caused By a Bad Parent or Normal Kid?

I used to think kids who misbehaved or who seemed rude or who did gross things must have something "off" at home. Obviously their parents didn't know how to teach proper behavior. (Can I please go back in time and smack myself?) ...more
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20 Unmistakable Smells of Motherhood

It's said that the olfactory sense is the one most closely associated with memory recall. Perhaps that’s why I can still remember each of these smells distinctly, fourteen years into motherhood.1. Newborn Baby Head – Solid proof that there’s a heaven.2. Clean Diapers – Mmmmm…that fresh combination of optimism and denial....more

10 Reasons I Breastfed My Toddlers

Twelve years ago, when our first kid was a toddler, we had a childless couple over for dinner. We were chatting in the living room when our adorable almost-3-year-old walked up, leaned her elbow on the arm of my chair, and dropped a verbal bomb. Just two little words (well, three, technically), and she said them so nonchalantly—as if she were casually offering me a cookie—that I almost spat my water across the room."Wanna nurse?"...more

What I Want My Children to Know About Being White in America

My husband and I recently took our kids to see Mount Rushmore. While browsing the gift shop, our five-year-old son picked up a bookmark with pictures of all 44 presidents on it. As we scanned the faces and found the four presidents from the monument, he asked who was president now. I pointed to President Obama.Then my boy—my sweet, innocent, blue-eyed boy—furrowed his brow and said, “Hmm. He doesn’t LOOK like a president.” ...more
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My Morning Shower: A True Story

I take off my jammies, turn on the shower, and step into the warm water. Ahhhhh, heavenly. While I wet my hair, I start thinking about blog post ideas. Hmmm What do I want to write about next  KNOCK KNOCK."Mama, can I make some orange juice?""Sure. Just use the pitcher that's on the counter.""Okay, thanks."...more

Your Brain on Motherhood

I used to be smart, I think. I graduated from college with honors, so I’m pretty sure my brain used to function fairly well. I vaguely remember being able to do things that required focus and attention. Vaguely.You know that amusement park ride where you sit in a car that spins around, and that car is part of a group of cars that also spins around, and then the whole contraption that houses the groups of cars also spins around, so you feel like you’re spinning in three different directions at once? When I was a kid, we called it The Scrambler....more

Mom's M & M Jar: A Tool for More Mindful and Motivated Motherhood

I've been giving some thought to how I want to improve my mothering in 2014. A worthy exercise, I figure. After mulling it over for a while, I came to the conclusion that my mommyhood could really use more of two things:1) MINDFULNESS2) MOTIVATIONWho's with me?...more

A Friendly Vocab Refresher for Our Children

To Our Beloved Children: As your parents and first educators, it is our job to make sure you understand the meaning of things. Lately, we've noticed that there are some terms you seem to be confused about, so we wanted to help clear things up. We've gone over these definitions at least several billion dozen times, but since repetition doesn't seem to be doing the trick, we thought some visual aids might help. Ready? Okay. ...more
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