Seventeen Thoughts I Have While Shopping For Swimsuits

I live in Southern Arizona and it is already starting to warm up and during the summer months we can reach upwards of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. So this means, that very soon we will be scheduling as many water centered activities as we possibly can. This week when I went to pull out last summer’s swimsuit, I realized it was looking bad. Like really bad. Unfortunately, this meant it was time to go swimsuit shopping....more

10 Things Parents Never Want to Hear

At some point, every parent comes up with a laundry list of things that we just do not want to hear, see or have to deal with. Unfortunately, because we are parents we do not usually get to decide if we ultimately can adhere to that laundry list. So today in an effort to promote parenting solidarity here are 10 things you do not want to hear, but because you are a parent more than likely will. You do not want to have your child's teacher ask if they can have a word alone with you. Like ever. ...more

How To Stop Caring What People Think About You

Recently I wrote a post about 5 things you can do right now to be more happy. It seemed to really resonate with quite a few readers. One of the points I included in the post that would help each of us to be more happy was to stop caring what other people think about us. Quite a few of you shared that doing that is quite a challenge. I hear you. I have a big heart and really care about people and sometimes that has morphed into the ugly beast of worrying too much about what others think about me....more

How Texting Brought Me Closer to My Daughter

There are many horror stories about the damage that can come from poorly timed and inappropriately made cell phone texts. Especially by teenagers. I admit that all of these stories affected me and were a big motivator in the reason for why I waited quite a while to get my own teenage daughter her first cell phone. This past Christmas however my husband and I decided it was time. I did not expect that her getting a cell phone and being able to text would bring us closer together. ...more
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Ten Rookie Parenting Mistakes To Avoid

Dumb Teens, Racism & Social Media

Something happened in my home state of Arizona this week. You may have already seen the viral photo of six High School seniors with a racial slur. Image Credit: Yolanda Sun, In case you missed it, here it is:...more
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How The Expectation Of Trying To “Have It All” Is Hurting Us All

I am almost 40 years old, and with my age comes at least a little wisdom; wisdom I wish I had possessed many years before this point in order to save myself much needless heartache....more

The Christmas List

When my husband and I were first married we lived far away from family and that first Christmas I still wanted to connect with all of our loved ones even though we couldn’t be together. So I decided to send out Christmas cards. Because Microsoft Outlook wasn’t available back then, I went out and purchased an inexpensive softcover address book and began adding names to my Christmas list....more

The Young Sandwich Generation: Tips For Coping

I am a member of the sandwich generation. This is someone who is sandwiched in between two generations. They are busily raising their own children while at the same time caring for elderly parents....more