Parenting advice I'll actually listen to...

Recently, I was given a delightful lecture on all that I was doing wrong with my children.  This person told me that my children "acted spoiled" and "aren't disciplined" and if I don't do something about it very soon I'm going to have "a real problem on my hands."  This advice was unsolicited by me, of course.  This advice came out of nowhere as heddy warning of my horrible future fate as a parent who has obliviously screwed up big time.  I mean, really.  Who would ever want to hear anything like that?...more

My Fear of Summer Vacation

It happens every year.   I’m at some end of the school year party and someone will ask me, “So, what are you doing this summer?”I smile and try to sound excited about the fact that we have nothing planned and we’re just going to relax and take it easy all summer long, but secretly I’m thinking, “OMG, what am I going to do with them all summer?  I’m suddenly in charge again?  All day?  No set place to go?  No time to be anywhere?  The “Fun plans” begin and end with me?"  Noooooooo!!!!...more

How I got my kids to eat spirulina...

Okay, I know what you're thinking.  I can hardly get my kids to eat a carrot and here she is bragging that her kids eat spirulina.  Show-off.Well, it's not like that at all.  I, too,  can hardly get my kids to eat vegetables, but I can get them to eat spirulina... thanks to this recipe.And it all started with Woody Harrelson....more

How to survive a school field trip...

It’s been over two weeks since my last post.  This marks the longest time between posts I’ve ever had since the beginning of my blog.  I had a very good reason for this and it wasn’t that I was sick or on vacation or pregnant or moving.  Those events are nothing compared to what I had to do.I was on a school field trip....more

5 Reasons It's Great for Kids to Grow Up in a Messy House

On a daily basis, our messy house really depresses me. I mean, before I had kids, I was a clean person. How did I let this happen? I just can't seem to keep up with the mess—and my kids (and husband, let's be honest) are like the worst, most disgruntled maid service you would ever want to have. I knew something had to change, but what? Teach our dogs to take out the garbage? Buy a fleet of Roombas and have them constantly bumping into our ankles? As it turns out, the only thing I had to change was my perspective. ...more
Ha Ha. I'm going to save this and share it with my adult children. I need my own documentation ...more

Ten Awesome things about a Mom body...

I have a mom body.  It makes sense, right?  Football players have football player bodies, ballet dancers have ballet dancer bodies and moms have mom bodies.   We each have own our specialty and in my opinion, creating life kind of trumps catching a ball for a touchdown or twirling in the air with an eating disorder....more

The Five Stages of Grief at Legoland

1. DENIAL. It can’t be this crowded. Why is it so crowded? It’s a Monday morning at 10am and it’s supposed to rain today. Didn’t anybody check the forecast and think to themselves, "Today is not a good day to go to Legoland." I know I checked the forecast and thought to myself, “Hey, it’s a Monday, it's supposed to rain today and lightning. That ought to scare the tourists off. ...more
JasStanford Yeah, it's a point. I'm reading about women in the Sudan; & just renewed ...more

The song from Frozen I wish my kids didn't listen to...

My kids listen to the Frozen soundtrack all the time… It’s in our car, it’s in our house -- at this point it’s in our very souls.  I find myself singing it even without my kids around, which is sad, really, but I’ve definitely had worse kids songs trapped in my head.  (“Elmo raps the alphabet” probably tops that list.)...more
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