How Kate Winslet Taught Me I'm Not Showing My Daughters the Right Things About Body Image

Recently, I’ve started to see my daughters’ bodies changing. Not quite puberty yet, but a little rounder here, a little curvier there. Yep, it’s almost time to have “the talks” in my house. I’ve done my best to protect their body images. I never talk about diet, although they rarely see me eat bread or pasta (seriously, goes right to my hips), try not to complain (to them) about the wrinkles and sags, and never complain when my jeans feel too tight. ...more
Great post. It's funny, but in the end our children are more likely to become who we are than to ...more

To The Guy Who Bought That Last Round of Shots

To the guy who bought that last round of shots at Planet Fred’s about 20 years ago, I want to say thank you. Because of you (and quite possibly the Lemon Drop), I asked a handsome young man to dance. He held his hands up in front of him and shook his head no, but pushed his friend towards me ....more

Letting Go of Special Needs Parenting

What is it like to raise a child with special needs? Emily Perl Kingsley equated it to planning a vacation but the destination gets changed suddenly. When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip—to Italy ....more

Does This Blog Make My Butt Look Big?

It was one year ago when I permanently shut the doors of my public relations business and started writing full time. I have gained so much in the process: a new set of supportive friends that get the agony and elation of birthing stories; a group of "followers" whom I have grown to love and admire; a better appreciation for both the time and dedication it takes to be a writer; and a realization that I am actually living my dream. I have also gained 6.8 pounds according to my scale ....more

The “Firsts” that Come with the Tween Years

As our kids grow, the "firsts" come less frequently and the time stretched between them lengthen. Instead of celebrating a new milestone, the goal becomes surviving another Monday shuttling your kids to piano, soccer, the library and Tae Kwan Do while serving something edible for dinner in a Tupperware container that is BPA-free, of course. #winning ....more

#1000 Speak: Practicing Compassion to the Cable Guy

This post is part of the #1000Speak movement, where more than 1,000 bloggers will attempt to change the world by writing about compassion. "Compassion is a verb." ...more

3 Ways We Bully on Facebook — And Don’t Even Know It

Everyone is somebody's daughter; everyone is somebody's son. My six-year Facebookaversary is coming up soon. Yep, I've been wasting time in the black hole of the Internet for nearly 2,000 days and loving every second of it ....more

Parenting with a Story

Always one to take on a double-dog dare, I sat down with my three girls (twins age 10 and my almost nine year old) separately and read them the piece. I received quite a few giggles, a few nods, and about 25 interruptions asking what certain words meant like trajectory and unfulfilling and diss. In the world of Common Core grading, they didn't even know what GPA was yet ....more

Guest Post: Grandma Buried My Barbies!

I was having lunch with a few close girlfriends the other day when the subject of Barbie surfaced. My friend shared the story of how her mom buried her daughter’s Barbies in the backyard. Yes, I just said that ....more

To My Daughter, at Halftime

Life is not measured in the amount of likes you get on Instagram, numbers on a scale, or even your GPA. And there isn't a "thing" you can buy in the world that can fill a void in your soul. Always remember that life is about the impact you have on others, so work on building your brain and growing your heart, and the rest will fall into place ....more