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Raising the Difficult Child

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Moms, do have a difficult child? Not “bad” or “mean” necessarily, but just difficult? I do. He’s adorable and smart, so smart, and funny. But he’s my hardest child to parent. And it makes...

Someone You Love Has Been Diagnosed ADD – 3 Things You Need To Know

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How many times have you heard someone say "I am so ADD" or so-and-so is "so ADD"? Perhaps you know a mom who has struggled with a young child who is suspected of having...

The Paycheck to Paycheck Struggle

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It's day 12 of 14. There is currently $29.66 in the account. Two more days until pay day. Two more days of trying to make it stretch. Is there gas in my car? Is...

It’s Time To “Sit At The Table”

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"Sit at the table".  Four words that resonated with me when I heard them some years ago. This is certainly not a new concept, but only now am I pushing myself to live by...
I survived my first day as an autism spectrum parent

I survived my first day as an autism spectrum parent

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Today started as any other Monday. I made the dark roast coffee. I packed the lunches full of tiny human favorites. I passed out pairs of brightly colored socks. That’s about where the similarities...

All the Questions You’ve Wanted to Ask About Bedsharing

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  I open my eyes, careful not to move the rest of my body an inch. Curled on my side, my bottom arm bent elbow up towards the headboard, I create a little nest for...

I Bought Two Menstrual Cups and Took One for the Team

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I’ve been a tampon girl forever. Pads are for postpartum use only, as far as I’m concerned. So when my daughter started her period, I floundered a little on what to do. Starting with...

I’m a Hypocritical Mother

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Having a daughter enter the wonderful world of womanhood gave me a front row seat to the jarring reality of how poorly our society had prepared me to prepare her. I think my husband...

My Guide to Surviving Your Child’s First Breakup

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As my 8th grade daughter and I hastily made our way from one school night activity to another, she announces from the passenger seat that her boyfriend just broke up with her. In a...
Puberty

A Dragon Ate My Princess: 7 Scary Tales of Mothering Girls Through Puberty

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You've heard of the 7 year itch in marriage? Well, there's a 7 year twitch in parenting. Ages 11 - 18. I'm halfway through death valley, seasoned in dodging the eye roll but still...

Tips on Dealing with an Absent Grandparent

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We were sitting at the dining room table and discussing how thankful we were for our family and my five year old daughter was naming all of her cousins and telling us "who they...

Befriending an Autism Parent

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I have this amazing friend who just gets it. She invites us to sensory-safe places, schedules mom dates when our husbands are free to watch the kids, and doesn't expect anything from me or my...

A Mother’s Intuition

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Mother’s intuition is a real thing. For me, it’s that strange moment of clarity out of the blue where you just know something. Particularly when you know something is just not right. And you...

Shave and a Haircut, Two Pits

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When raising humans, inevitably the body hair will come. Although I wanted my daughter to wait as long as possible to start shaving her legs, I thought it was rather progressive of me to...

Are you still nursing?

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Are you still nursing? I get this question a lot.  Depending on the speaker, the tone, inflection and/or accompanying look can vary widely. The reason I get this question regularly is because my boys, who...