Why kids listen to anyone but their parents

Why won’t my kids listen to me? Because I birthed them! I’m disqualified! Three children is sometimes a lot of children. You delude yourself that they become easier to handle when they can understand words and can physically do things, like take out the trash. Somehow your offspring being able to pitch in doing chores seems like progress when they Keep reading!

Good Times In Bad Parenting

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I Have Great Bad Parenting Skills You wouldn’t think you could forget your child has autism, but I sort of did the other day. I suspect every parent with a special needs child fantasizes about what it would feel like to parent only neuro-typical children. Because typical children practically raise themselves and are never exasperating. I am only speaking to Keep reading!

Problem Solved: Scream At Picky Eaters

Picky Eaters Are Extremely Annoying I understand when my child turns up her nose at completely foreign food (foreign to her, that is.) I’d probably balk at someone serving me a fruit bat or some such. Even if it was covered in chocolate. I have standards, people. I even empathize with the little fussy punks. I was a ridiculously finicky eater Keep reading!

Parents On Smartphones: (Don’t) Put Down The iPhone

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Parents on Smartphones NPR recently aired a segment entitled “For The Children’s Sake, Put Down That Smartphone”. It sounds like a philosophy every parent could embrace. That is, every parent but me…and a handful of my fellow rebel parents. Hear me out. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that I love my children. I do, in fact, love the Keep reading!

Newsflash: I’m Embarrassing my Teen

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Well, it has begun. I’m embarrassing my teen. Everyone told me it would happen eventually, but I thought I might be immune, like when genes skip a generation. I arrogantly thought my hip facade and brutal honesty would insulate me from the inevitability of tweener skulking and irritability. I am Fun Mom, dammit, not oh-my-god-will-you-please-stop-doing-that Mom. I keep up with Keep reading!

Parents Who Curse

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When Even Cursing In Pig Latin Isn’t An Option When your children are babies, you do all sorts of things around them that you wouldn’t do in front of toddlers, like drink milk straight from the jug. Also, cursing, because your baby can’t even talk yet, right? I admit I am one of those parents who curse. Not that I Keep reading!

Worrywart Parents Are Irksome

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Worrywart parents that obsess about their children annoy me. Hear me out. You are probably thinking, “What parent doesn’t fret over their children?” We are all prone to obsess about one thing or another with respect to our kids. I mean, kids are insane a lot of the time. Bonkers. I’m talking about those nervous, judgey parents who believe that Keep reading!

Blogging With a Purpose

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Blogging with a purpose, I hope

I’ve thought a lot about what this blog is about and why the hell I’m writing it. Everyone tells an aspiring blogger to just put it out there. So out there I put it. The blog started out as a series of text messages I sent to friends in an effort to buoy my sanity when I drove my three children 3,500 miles to 9 states in 9 days by myself. The blog sort of ebbed and flowed since then, with hopefully some funny bits in between.

All Things to All People

What is blogging with a purpose? Mostly, the blog is supposed to entertain, humor and occasionally make you think about your world from a different perspective. When you go to a blog, it has to give you something for you to want to come back. It’s been difficult to pinpoint my interests because I have difficulty being pinned down. I want to be all things to all people, and that’s just not realistic. I’m the person that walks into a shoe store and tells the salesperson “I need a good walking shoe that I can also look stylish dancing in at a wedding.” I am many things: mother, friend, wife, lawyer, employee, writer, sister, daughter, human being. But you want to know what to expect when you visit my blog, and I get that. So I’m refining my focus, because I’m nothing if not refined. I will still talk about cancer when the occasion presents itself, and I still have 7 states left to drag my kids to, but I’m going to talk much more about parenting and relationships. It’s a lot of the same stuff, but with more of an objective. I want to start a dialogue. I want you to comment. I want you to love me. I need affirmation, people!

Updated Blog Bio

I updated my bio in “Who Is She?” consistent with my new stated purpose. Check it out and let me know what you think. Really! Tell me what you think! If you want me to blog on certain topics, I will if I can figure out how to do it. I already blogged about my husband’s vasectomy, though, so that topic seems covered. But perhaps not…

Great Parenting Moments: Teen Loses Cell Phone

The Scenario: Teen Loses Cell Phone Eleven year old Rowan would lose her head if it weren’t attached. She has had a rough time transitioning to Middle School. She’s a bright girl who is outgoing and well-balanced. The teachers demand a lot more responsibility and organization in Middle School. Just when I think we are making progress, she loses her Keep reading!

Surviving Middle School: a Parent’s Guide

Surviving Middle School I think I would have flunked Middle School if I were going through it now. These 6th Grade Teachers are INTENSE! The emails they send, the hours of homework they assign, the sheer number of details the tweeners are expected to remember is both awesome and daunting. I genuinely cannot read their school schedules because they are Keep reading!