Why I Am Afraid Of My Neighbors

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland are back in the news this week. You might remember their names from back in December, when their parenting practices first fell under the harsh microscope of media scrutiny....more

What Did You Make This Year?

We finally received all of the forms and documentation we need to file our taxes. (Fun times!) I work a part-time job with a local business that allows me the privilege to stay home with my kids during the day. It's not a bad arrangement. I get time away from my offspring (which helps me maintain my frail grasp on sanity), and I get money in exchange for the favor....more

8 Things I Want My Sons To Know About Women

I am the mother of two teenage sons. What that means is 1) my laundry room usually smells like sweaty cotton t-shirts and dirty socks, 2) they think a lot about girls, and 3) they have everything figured out.I recently overheard my oldest son tossing some pearls of wisdom about women  his younger brother's way. While there was definitely some good stuff being discussed (especially that tip about girls appreciating men who regularly shower. I hope that one sinks in), the whole discussion made me keenly aware of the gaps I've left in their education....more

Behind Every Great Kid Is A Mom Who's Pretty Sure She's Screwing Them Up

This past week I received some pretty amazing compliments about my older teenage children. It means a bit more because... well, I'm closer to the finished product with them. It's almost time for me to unleash those boogers out into society (God help us all!), and it's nice to know that maybe, just maybe, I haven't completely effed up this mothering gig. (Although right now I have major doubts as I listen to the two boys practically screaming at each other because someone isn't cooking biscuits the right way. Ugh.) ...more
nikonMom Oh the mood swings of childhood. They love us. They hate us. It's enough to make your ...more

I Wish I'd Never Told Her To Hurry

She turned sixteen yesterday. She's no longer the sweet chubby-faced baby I knew so well. I knew every inch of her, in the knowing way of mothers, from the curls that swooped around her curving ears to her fat little toes I kissed each morning. I knew her quirks and her desires, how she liked her oatmeal and how her brother made her squeal. She made me beam with just her existence. And her face would light up like a mirror of mine when she saw me. ...more
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The Day I Heard Her Dad Tell Her, "Not Bad for a Girl"

"Not bad for a girl." It made me cringe from the top of my head down the tips of my blue-painted toenails. Words spoken by a father to his little girl about her belt promotion in karate. It wasn't meant to be mean. He was just kidding. It was their little inside joke. He couldn't be prouder, actually. But he still said the words. And she still heard them. ...more
Absolutely one of my pet peeves.   I know people mean nothing by it, but if people actually ...more

Medically Sanctioned Rape in the Labor and Delivery Room

*Trigger Warning* (May be difficult for some readers who have experienced sexual assault or trauma in childbirth.) When women get together (especially at baby showers) they share war stories. It's impossible not to hear about preeclampsia or emergency c-sections or epidurals that didn't work.  Telling expecting mothers about all of the horrors and dangers of childbirth seems to make women almost giddy.  But like soldiers from real-world battlefields, it's a way women bond and attempt to validate their often nightmarish experiences. ...more

Why the Italian Domestic Violence PSA is Stupid

"What happens when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her?"Italian website, Fanpage.it attempts to answer this question in their "stirring" PSA-gone-viral against domestic violence.You can watch the video here, but if you're lazy (like me) here's the Cliff's Notes version:...more

8 Perks To Not Having A Smart Phone

I don't have a cell phone.  Not because they are expensive or I can't afford one or anything like that. I'm a conscientious objector.Even though it drives my friends and family and co-workers bonkers because I can't always be easily reached or respond to messages in 2.8 seconds or instantly post pictures of what I ate for lunch (a chicken salad sandwich... in case you were wondering), I still refuse to have one. ...more

Don't Make Me Come In There

I hear you in there, sweet children of mine.  It started out as goofy giggling and escalated from there.  The tone has turned from one of amusement to irritation.  I sometimes wonder if you can get along with one another for ten minutes straight. ...more