Thoughts From The Bus Stop

It’s difficult to explain how I felt sending my kids off to school today,  just 3 days after the tragedy in that elementary school in Newtown. I felt anxiety and fear for their safety. I felt heartache for the parents who would never get another chance to tell their little ones “have a good day”… [Read More]

I Survived “The Talk” With My Son

Well, the time finally came. I had to have the “S-word” talk  with our 8 year old. No, not the sex talk…The Santa talk. It became painfully obvious to me last year that he didn’t believe anymore. But I thought if we could just make it through the holiday without him blurting it out to his younger… [Read More]

Worst Mom Ever

This all began a week or so ago when the flu started going around the house. First my daughter, then me. Then yesterday my middle son woke up saying he didn’t feel good. My gut instinct was, “Hmmm…this seems like a bit of good old fashioned drama to me.” But since it had been going… [Read More]

Thanks For the Memories, Mr. Bear

Recently a Facebook friend posted this uh-mazing video about a boy reuniting with his lost lovey in the most unbelievable way…trust me, you’ll want tissues handy when you watch. Lump in your throat? Me too. But not completely because of that video. Mostly because of what happened a few weeks ago while I was putting… [Read More]

The Song That Saved My Sanity

Picture it: We’re driving to the cabin in the trusted family mini-van. It’s a few hours in and the kids are getting antsy and restless…and frankly, on my last nerve. We’ve played every car game I can think of. I’ve doled out every threat and bribe imaginable. And I’ve uttered the words, “Hands and feet… [Read More]

The Many Mysteries of Motherhood

There are a few things about my family that leave me shaking my head in astonishment and wonder on a daily basis. Allow me to share: *  How is it possible that “there’s nothing to do” at this house. We have three kids’ bedrooms AND a    playroom filled to the brim with toys and activities…. [Read More]

Um, I Thought Parenting Was Supposed To Get Easier At Some Point.

There’s this shift happening in my family dynamic…no matter how hard I try to deny it. Sadly, I am no longer the parent of babies. I have BIG kids! Which means I’m wading into unfamiliar parenting waters just trying to keep from going under. Having all three of my kids home full-time for the summer… [Read More]

I Declare This Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Attitude…Officially defeated!

Confession time: The past week on the home front has not been one of my proudest. I’ve been feeling tired, stressed out and overwhelmed. I’ve been letting myself get lost in worry and anxiety (again). And unfortunately I’ve been taking it out on my family. My kids have seen me losing my cool more times than I care to… [Read More]

When Bad Family Photos Happen To Good People

That perfect family photo…I’ve been chasing it for years. But I’m starting to realize that it probably doesn’t exist. Sometimes the most perfect family photos are the obnoxious outtakes. Those are the photos that tell the true story of this family. They make me laugh, cringe, roll my eyes, and remember. Yup, that was how it… [Read More]

Do You Worry About Bullying?

One of the things that scares me the most about parenting school-aged kids is bullying. Because even though we’re all positive that we’re raising the most intelligent, kind and responsible kids….the truth is we send them off on that school bus every morning and we have no control over their social interactions with other kids. I cross… [Read More]