At 39, I found myself the mother of a 14-year-old. My husband and I had finally given up after years of trying for a second child, and I was scheduled for a hysterectomy. However, since the timing of these...
Act 1, Scene 1: 4-Year-Old, shouting (or his regular voice since they’re the same): I don’t want to put my shoes on! 2019 Mom, calmly with cheer and understanding: I see that you’re frustrated and aren’t feeling happy about getting your...
When kids are young, it’s easy to tell when they are too old for a toy. They stop playing with it and move on to something else or their bodies quite literally will no longer fit. But what about...
I admit it, I’m tired of birthday party favors!!! I think they are unnecessary and redundant and have gotten completely out of control. There, I said it. Out loud (sort of). Gifts for birthday party attendees are frivolous, and I...
This new year, I asked my family if we could set a group resolution to bicker less. With the kids out of school over the holidays, and the holidays in general, that time of year is always a little...
Growing up, I knew I wanted kids. Lots of kids. I had visions of Girl Scouts and basketball, a minivan, and filled bedrooms with halls that rang with giggles. As an adult, filling those bedrooms was a lot harder...
I know I’m not the only one. At a volunteer event a couple weeks ago, three of the four moms confided that their child has a learning disability or developmental difference. I was one of the three. I don’t have...
When I found out my oldest child was going to be a girl, I had visions of ballet class and glitter dancing in my head. I am a very "girlie" girl, and I couldn't wait to share these things...
My husband and I recently decided to take our kids on a fun family day downtown. We took the kids to MOSH, let them run around the Friendship Fountain before walking over to River City Brewing Company, and then...
I remember being 10 years old. I was sassy, bossy, and had a boy I called my “boyfriend” (cringe) — I thought I was hot stuff for the fourth grade. Fast forward a few decades, and my 10-year-old fourth...
We live in the age of technology and social media — it's simply time to accept it. And while both streams of communication aid in connection to other humans, we all know the opposite can be true for these streams...
If I had a dollar for every time a parent of young kids asked me what it's like to parent teenagers, I'd be rich. The questions range from mildly curious to positively terrified. "Are they always moody?" "Do they stop wanting...

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