Compassion Is In the Details: #1000Speak

If you were to ever secretly record me watching television, you’d see a lot of this:...more

Be a Beck: Parenting Advice from the Grammys

Perhaps the hardest part of parenting is figuring out how to ensure your children don’t grow up to be a-holes. Finding a hiding place to scarf down a bag of Cheetos before they sniff you out and ask you to share is a close second, but I digress. In our house, we follow the very simple yet effective motto of “don’t be a jackleg,” born from my father’s term for various plagues on society....more

I Have Become Dora the Explorer: Help Me Please

There are many people in this world I have tried to emulate, but I never thought Dora the Explorer would be one of them. Yet, that is exactly who I am about to channel, at the risk of sending half of my readers running from their computers (because, duh, kids shows are annoying)....more

5 Reasons You Should Hug a Preschool Teacher

Currently, I am doing some part-time substitute teaching in a preschool classroom, which is a fairly new experience for me. Though I was a teacher once upon a time, I worked with high school and middle school students. So we are talking about pretty much the entire opposite end of the spectrum here. I always used to think I didn't I have the special kind of patience required to be a preschool teacher. Older kids don't need the same type of refined discipline and meticulously crafted rules as the little guys. I mean, that attention to detail is exhausting....more

The Guilty Conscience: I Work Therefore I Am Neglectful

“It’s fine. You have to work…again. Maybe we’ll snuggle tomorrow.”My daughter said it in a way that let me know it most certainly was not fine. For being only nine years old, she sure has mastered how to lay on the guilt in a flawlessly passive-aggressive way, without knowing what passive-aggressive even means....more

I Am a Liar. And It's All Santa's Fault.

It can be stressful to have a seven-year-old at Christmastime. Why? Because there is questioning. A lot of questioning. You know, about that plump guy in the red suit....more

A Cute Rhyme Takes the Guesswork Out of Gift-Giving

I don't know about you, but I am woefully behind on my Christmas shopping. See, there's this thing called Life, and right now it really seems to have an issue with letting me wander aimlessly down the aisles of Toys 'R' Us, looking for things least likely to end up being donated next year during our annual pre-Christmas toy purge....more

Do You Worry That Friends Will Blog About You?

I laughed along with everyone else about the idea of me using the situation for blog fodder, because that's what I do. Use my life for blog fodder. But the phrase, "and then you're going to blog about it," is much more loaded than anyone who heard it probably realized. ...more
allison.arnone Absolutely. I think as long as you check with them and they give the okay, you ...more

The Mayhem is Here: The Official Release of Absolute Mayhem

I am vibrating just a bit. Finally, here is the blog post four years in the making. If we want to be technical, it has really been more like twenty-five years in the making. But twenty-one of those years were just spent dreaming...the last four were the ones to see the actual work that made this dream a reality. So let's stop putting this off any long and get right to it then:...more

Silence and Kindness in the Wake of #Ferguson

The snow came on Wednesday and brought with it a bit of welcomed quiet on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Yet the very constant and often charged chatter in my newsfeeds remained as loud as ever.At times like these, social media seems anything but social....more