Dear A**holes That Abuse Children

I am so tired of seeing the constant headlines of children being abused. My pulse races, and I get that feeling in the pit of my stomach. If turning a blind eye to all of the news reports would be effective, I would just ignore all of it. But that doesn’t help. And it seems … Read more

Repeating First Grade

I usually look forward to the whole back-to-school routine, but this year it has a different ring to it. My son is repeating first grade, and I think it’s my fault. In the big picture, it’s probably not as big as it feels right now. But there is no worse feeling than knowing that your … Read more

No More Travel Until Everyone Walks, Talks and Pees in the Potty

Traveling with kids is not for the weak. Here is my adventure flying with two kids alone.

The kids are back in school! Did you go on vacation anywhere over the break? In my opinion, there is no such thing as a vacation when you are traveling with little people. I define a vacation as a relaxing trip, and having kids in tow is anything but. My friend Val recently took a long … Read more

Why I Never Take the Advice “Just Be Yourself”

I’ve heard it said a million times. Everything will be okay if you “just be yourself.” But will it? What if, underneath it all, you have an angry, vengeful heart? What if you have to work hard every day to be a nice person? What if you are embattled in choosing your response to everyday … Read more

Do Not Touch Mommy’s Chocolate

Ah yes, holiday break from school. All that togetherness. Constant togetherness. The social media statuses have changed from warm fuzzy Christmas blessings to “Are these kids ever going to go back to school???” I am no exception, though I have managed to hold it together pretty well thus far. We don’t have family here, and my husband … Read more

Precious Vandalism

When our kids are quiet we always have to investigate why don’t we? Yesterday afternoon, my six year old son Timothy went to his room to “take a nap” (which has yet to actually turn into taking a nap) while I was putting the baby down for a nap in the crib. I stepped into … Read more

Let Them Fail

Someone has to have the kid that’s the best at something, and someone has to have the kid that’s the worst at something. It is a competitive world and we are pushing kids harder than ever before to succeed at absolutely everything. Of course we want our kids to have ambition and get ahead in … Read more

Things I Wish I Knew Before Kids

Expecting a baby is such an exciting time.  It’s common to buy top-of-the-line everything and to prepare that perfect nursery.  For your first baby, anyway.  While it is fun to shop for your little bundle, after your first time around the block things tend to relax a bit as your prepare for your second.  It … Read more

Little Smiles, Big Trials

We tend to share our happiest times in life online.  But what about the other ones? This is a recent picture that I uploaded to social media.  Two happy boys.  You almost don’t even notice the messy house in the background.  They are the loves of my life, my greatest joys, my babies. I don’t … Read more

I’m Running Away and Never Coming Back

The thought seared through my head.  It was not my finest day as a mom.  The never-ending snack requests, toys littering the living room floor and clingy baby cries piled up on me. It was soon after a trip back home, and I was really missing my family.  The air conditioner in the car conked … Read more

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