Everything I Want to Teach My Daughter About Life, She Can Learn From Maleficent

If those of us who have girls plan to continue perpetuating the idea of the fairytale, we should do our daughters a favor and require them to watch Disney's Maleficent around age 11. My husband and I took our 'tween daughter to see it last week and I'm glad we did. Not only was it free popcorn Thursday, but Angelina Jolie's wonderfully wicked character taught my daughter a few things about life...  in 3D. Any kid knows that 3D is cooler than a parent's rambling talk about life....more
Home truths!!more

Confession of a Bad Mom: Another Graphic Tee Picture Day

When you're a backsliding blogger, it takes something big -- something powerfully momentous -- to draw you back to the dashboard. For a while, life and Girl Scout cookies have gotten in the way of my blogging. But today I reached a new low, and I turn to the only place I know I can find help -- the blogosphere. So, here it goes:Hello. My name is Ronna, and I sent my kid to school in a graphic tee on picture day. Again....more

Where's a Brat Kid When You Need One?

Home schooling an only child creates extra concerns. Like, "What brat kid will tell my angel the truth about Santa?" Sydney is in third grade this year. By the time I was her age, I knew because the neighborhood brat kid told me. I was in kindergarten when she burst my bubble. Knowing she was probably just being mean to me, I figured I'd better ask my mom for the truth. So I did. I.Was....more

Things My 8 Year Old Daughter Said this Summer

"It's too bad you can't get paid for sitting around, belching, and pootying." "I've made this check list of Build-a-Bears that I want. Will you help me calculate the tax so I know how much money you need to give me?" "Will YOU pay the tax on my Build-a-Bears? After all, a kid shouldn't have to pay taxes. I don't even have an accountant." "You mean there are lots of different kinds of taxes? I've got to ask Mamaw if the Republicans caused that." ...more

I Fired My Kid Today

If my 8 year old kid tells you she's going to juvey, she's not. She's just on probation. Let me explain. I fired my kid this morning. Let's get something straight. I didn't fire her from being my kid. That's a job, sure enough, one that she'd probably resign from if she knew all about resignations. But she's 8 and doesn't even like writing her school work so a strongly worded resignation letter is years away. ...more

I may have learned more :)more

Getting a Head in Yard Work

Bonfire -- excellent!!! Plus, it would keep the mosquitoes away. Great tribute to Bernie, too.more

The Redemption Bag

If you've ever been an 8 year old girl, you know this is true: you are only as cool as your sleeping bag. My 8 year old daughter is at her first sleepover tonight. She's never spent the night away from home. I was just like her 36 years ago. The first sleepover didn't warrant a bag. Most of us made a pallet out of quilts because, honestly, our moms didn't see investing in a sleeping bag if we weren't going to use it for several years. But after the first successful sleepover, I got my sleeping bag. ...more

That's awesome that you have a New Kids bag! I hear they're on tour with the Backstreet Boys and ...more

Prince Penguin

"Will and Kate pen" That's the second most popular thing trending on Yahoo as I write. Before I could even click on the link embedded, my mind was racing.... Will and Kate pen...itentiary sentence? Will and Kate pen...one-hit wonder? Will and Kate pen...cil dates on calendar? Will and Kate pen...dulum hangs at Big Ben? Will and Kate pen...sion is cut? Will and Kate pen...ny minted in UK? Will and Kate pen...tagon guests? Will and Kate pen...sacola honeymoon? Will and Kate pen...tagram? ...more

Our first trip to Build-an-Addict Workshop

We took our 8 year old daughter to Build-an-Addict Workshop. You know the place, you pick a limp-bodied critter, fill it with the perfect amount of stuffing then dress it. I didn't think Syd would have fun there. She hates to shop and try on clothes. I figured she'd hate the whole outfit approach and just leave with a naked animal. Wro-ong. ...more

The butt biting ways of karma

We were watching cartoons when my 8 year old asked me about karma. A talking dog had just told a boy not to do something because "karma would bite him in the butt." "Is that true, Mama?" she asked. "What?" "Will karma bite you in the butt?" "Not only will karma bite you in the butt, it can also bite the butts of those you love," I said. Her eyes widened. "Is karma gonna bite my butt because of something you've done?" she asked. "Nah, not you. Daddy." "Oh." And she continued watching. ...more

Why does karma have to kick/bite butts anyway? I wish I could work out a deal with karma to ...more