I recently spent time around a table with some older and wiser mothers. Conversation soon turned to teenagers. I envied my own budding members of this often maligned demographic, who sat on the hostess' matching recliners, lost in competition on their iPhones, while the battle-worn women told of children morphing into angry, emotionally unstable - even abusive - … [Read more...] about I Promise To Let You Have Ugly Hair
Whether as the room mom or the hapless volunteer, most moms of school-aged kids have at least one horror story. It’s easy to get caught in PTA politics and indulge petty differences. But wise moms know how to avoid the drama and encourage everyone to help out at school. Keep your cool and your place in the parent pecking order by following these simple guidelines as you … [Read more...] about Classroom Mom Horror Stories… And How To Avoid Them!
I had just finished writing the first draft of an essay when the Gunnar Challenge landed in my inbox. I had been writing about giving up my need to lose the "last five pounds," about accepting my body the way it was, about loving that little pooch in my mid-range. It's not like I'm in terrible shape, but no one would mistake me for an aging-well-Sports Illustrated bathing suit … [Read more...] about The Gunnar Challenge Could Be a Challenge
Okay, so maybe you don’t know Jessica Simpson. I don’t either. But I know plenty of women just like her. Yes, I’m talking about those disgustingly obese women who put on more than the recommended 25-35 pregnancy pounds. I also know women who gained nothing but the 8-10 pounds of pure baby and liquid that was absolutely necessary to create another human life. Of all the … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons why Jessica Simpson is the Smartest Blonde You Know
Increasingly my children characterize my husband and I as the supporting idiots in their lives. Intellectually, I get it. But it’s hard to transition from the gods they once thought us to be, into these obsolete fools they need us to become in order to fully become themselves. So senseless are we that we must be tolerated and - more often - corrected. Recently my husband … [Read more...] about Joining the Ranks of Stupid Parents Everywhere