Tag: kids

One Mom, Two Moms, Young Moms, Blue Moms

One Mom, Two Moms, Young Moms, Blue Moms

When you’re a mom, you don’t really think about what demographic you fall into until you suddenly find yourself surrounded by younger moms. That moment came for me during my youngest child’s last year of grade school. To avoid the usual minivan congestion, I had gotten into the routine of dropping off and picking up my daughter at the on…

Career Counseling for Kids

Career Counseling for Kids

One of the most amusing things when you’re a parent is hearing your kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up. Like most little boys, when my son was 3 he decided he wanted to be a fireman one day. But soon after he turned 4, someone asked him the question and he announced a dramatic…

Hide and Go Tampon

Hide and Go Tampon

I recently discovered that I have NoKotex-aphobia. In case you are not familiar with this little known disorder, it is “The fear of not having a tampon when you need one” (Wikipedia; little known imaginary disorders). Although I am so regular you could set the World Clock by my cycle, I still have always been plagued by the concern that…

Losing the Aging Game by a Hair

Losing the Aging Game by a Hair

I’m one of those really, really lucky women who is fortunate enough to be blessed with both pimples and wrinkles at the same time. One would think that if my skin was oily enough to generate pimples, it would keep me from getting wrinkles. But, no … That would only make sense in a universe where women did not get…

Interrogation by The Bathroom Police

Interrogation by The Bathroom Police

There is this thing that I do that annoys the heck out of my family. Well, to be honest, there are a lot of things, but I am thinking of one thing in particular. Whenever someone is in the bathroom for what I determine to be an abnormally long period of time, I stand outside the bathroom door and yell,…

Let's Just Agree to Disagree

Let's Just Agree to Disagree

It never ceases to amaze me how my husband’s DNA and mine could combine to create two totally different children. They are yin and yang; the sun and the moon; summer and winter; well, you get the idea. She likes chocolate ice cream. He likes vanilla. She’s a Coca-cola girl. He drinks Sprite. He loves peanut butter and jelly. She’d…

When Your Do is a Don't

When Your Do is a Don't

When you have short hair, it is inevitable that you will spend an inordinate amount of time growing your hair out, and then getting fed up and cutting it again. I have been down this hair-brained road several dozen times before, complaining for months until I am convinced my husband is going to cut it all off while I sleep…

A Post-Apocalyptic House Cleaning

A Post-Apocalyptic House Cleaning

Every summer when the kids go away to camp, two things immediately happen. First, I cry. Then I clean. Whether or not the cleaning is an emotional response to being a temporary empty nester, I don’t know. But regardless of the catalyst, there is no doubt that after ten months of solid kid abuse, the house is in dire need…

My Most Embarrassing Mom Moments

My Most Embarrassing Mom Moments

When I went down to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit The Balancing Act on their road tour, host Danielle Knox made the critical mistake of handing me a microphone and letting me roam the aisles to harass, I mean interview moms who were at the Southern Women’s Road Show. The burning question I had for them was, “What was your…

Slugfest

Slugfest

One morning I went out back to let out the dog and I nearly stepped on a slug. It actually would have been hard not to step on a slug. Our back deck was covered in slugs. At least half a dozen. And while some people routinely have slugs in their yard, around our house we are typically slug-free. I…