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Pot Calls Kettle Black: When The Pot is Your Parent Criticizing Your Parenting

imageMy Dad was visiting us this week to spend time with my sons – one is almost-5 years old and the other is 2 years old. After a few days, my Dad sat me down to have a talk about how out of control dinner time had become. Let me step back and set up the scenario. Both boys are rowdy. They are loud, full of energy and opinionated. When it comes to food, they can be picky. After too many meals juggling different options, I have since laid down the law and everyone eats the same meal. If it is something completely new, the boys just have to try one bite. Sometimes even getting them to take one bite is a battle. Sometimes it is even a battle when I know they like the food! This was the scene that played out in front of my Dad. (more…)

On Becoming an Empty Nester

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I have empty nest syndrome. My step-son just moved out of the home I share with my husband this June. Between the two of us we have four children, ages 29 through 22. My son is in the Army and lives in Hawaii and my husband’s three are scattered throughout our area. (more…)

The Slippery Slope of Internet Snarkiness

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I can appreciate sarcastic humor as much as the next girl. But Internet snarkiness is making us mean and stupid. Yes, that’s a bold statement. But more and more experts are coming out with information that supports my bold statement. I think it’s time for a Manifesto of Internet Niceness. Here are my Five Rules for Creating a Nicer Internet. (more…)

That Would Never Fly Today: Scenes from the 70s and 80s

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One of my more vivid memories of grade school is watching a boy get paddled in front of the entire cafeteria. I can’t remember what he’d done but he’d certainly been in trouble a lot. In retrospect, I’m pretty sure he had Attention Deficit Disorder but in the late 70s, he was just considered a troublemaker. (more…)

The Easter Watering Can

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So, it’s Easter time again.  And my understanding is that it isn’t just a time for a bell from Rome to bring chocolate eggs to a bunny in the United States who hangs out in malls and hides things that will go bad throughout the house and the yard causing children and pets to get sick. (more…)

How to Stick Up for Your Kids

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As a parent of two young children, I’ve learned to stand up for my children. This has brought up lots of memories of times when my parents stood up for me as a child and even as an adult. They were just moments that reminded me that my parents are funny, great and badassed. (more…)

Are Stay-at-Home Parents Too Dumb for the Workforce?

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Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a Harvard Business Professor, so yay for her. That is really a stunning accomplishment and she’s no small potatoes in the academic world. She wrote some stuff in a recent essay that I probably do not 100% understand because I don’t do much complex thinking, but here are some excerpts from a recent essay: (more…)

Alternative Uses for Breastmilk

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I thought this was a crazypants thing that was just in this particular magazine that shall not be named (It was Mothering) but it turns out it was not. If you Google “alternative uses for breastmilk”, you will get all kinds of results. (more…)

An Open Letter to that Bigot Diana Medley

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A school in Indiana is considering a petition lead by this nut job to setup segregated proms for gay kids. Story by Dan Savage. Diana’s email. provided by Dan in his column, is rejecting letters so I’d like to post my reply to her here. (more…)

Valentine’s Day: A Pesky Holiday

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My husband and I do not give a hoot about Valentine’s Day. It’s not just because the restaurants suck almost as much as they do on Mother’s Day. It’s because it is really a kid’s holiday. This point has been driven home to me this weekend as I am preparing for hell week, otherwise known as “Valentine’s Day party at the kids’ school” week. (more…)