Lice: Letters from the war

My dearest Agatha,I miss you terribly, but I assure you that all continues to be well here on the battlefront. Thus far, skirmishes have been limited to soldiers in camp whom I am not familiar with, having never once had them to my side of the camp for a pre-arranged hour of rambunctiousness (with snacks). Almost weekly I receive anonymous notes that someone, somewhere in our camp, has been afflicted, and I am warned that I must remain vigilant. Happily, I continue to be pest-free....more

10 Surprises About the First Few Days After You Have a Baby

Childbirth classes were something I didn’t consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my Type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a pleasant lie, you’d better believe I was in that class with pen in hand, taking notes. Plus I was pregnant with twins, so I was already at Terror Alert Level Orange. ...more
Spot. On. I've had to have 3 of these god awful c-sect experiences. No choice in the matter. ...more

These Are a Few Things You'll Find in My Car

(Sung to the tune of "Raindrops on Roses" from The Sound of Music)...more
Wait a second--did you steal my car?! Loved this post, and included it in my Joyful Reads for ...more

It's Time to Learn the Truth: Things My Kids Need to Learn

My twins turn six in February. To me, that still isn’t “big kid” time. For some reason, I consider seven to be “holy shit, who are these big rotten kids in my house” time. ...more
OMG Yes!!!! My almost 5 year old boys are here, doing exactly this. I think it's a twin thing, ...more

Jimmy Kimmel's kid pranks: Why I hate hate hate them

Jimmy Kimmel, the late night talk show host and comedian whom I usually love and adore, does this thing every year that makes me sad and confused. It’s just a big ol’ weird bummer all around....more

The Birds and The Bees...And That Fishing Pole Goes Where??

When I was a kid, I remember being given a book that described how two large round cartoon people made a baby. I also remember that somewhere in the middle of the book it suggested that you ask your mom and dad to stand next to each other naked so that you could observe the differences in their bodies. Fortunately for me and for my parents, I had enough common sense to know that this was a terrible, terrible idea....more

Can a Feminist Mama Let Her Daughter Wear a Pink, Frilly Costume?

It’s almost Halloween, the time of year when ladies dress up as “Sexy SpongeBob,” and little girls have costume options that are in no way weather appropriate. (It’s OCTOBER, you guys. You know what’s not sexy? Frostbite.) But I have decided to let my daughter be whatever she wants this year, even if it’s pink and frilly and makes me gag. ...more
I think your daughter will be a-ok with a strong mama like you! And at some point, she'll grow ...more

Hello, kale...if that is your real name.

Hey everybody! Let’s talk about kale. Why? Because I’ve been sick in bed for three days doped up on Ny-Quil, so kale it is!...more
My mother has a degree in human nutrition and will eat all sorts of vegetables but she won't eat ...more

Which magical lies should I tell my kids?

The tooth fairy made her first visit to our home this week.My daughter’s tooth came out at bedtime the other night and caught me unawares. She’s had a couple of loose teeth for a while, but I thought I had more time to get ready. I was going to make these tiny little fairy-sized notes which would, in my less-than-crafty hands, undoubtedly turn out looking like post-it notes from a nightmare. But I had a plan until that tooth popped out during story time.Dang....more

Worried you might get fired? Check this list first.

I was searching the internet last weekend, reading the news, when I came across an article on BBC.com that made me so, so happy. The article was titled, "Five Signs You Might Be Sacked." I jumped right in, because I've never been fired before....more