IN OTHER WORDS | Guest Post on The Good Men Project

Here is an essay from The Good Men Project: Are You Raising Compassionate Boys? JANUARY 8, 2015 BY JENNY KANEVSKY When Jenny Kanevsky’s sons offered her comfort during an illness, she realized she and her husband had instilled compassion. Here’s how they did it. To say I was a reluctant mother is an understatement, and […]

IN OTHER WORDS | I Ruined Christmas

I’m a little off my game this week, so when, without fanfare, I announced, that there is no Santa, I was not of right mind. I apologize to my children, my husband, and to elves everywhere. Here’s how it went tonight: We sit down to pizza. It’s been a week, husband away, kids pissed off […]

IN OTHER WORDS | When Our Parents Need More

A care package came for me today. I knew it was coming: a box of old letters, photos, and poetry. When she asked if I wanted it, I was tempted to pass, but I have a little of her save everything gene, and I was curious. She and my stepfather are moving into a retirement […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Reflections on My Kids

 This post was originally written in 2009. I came across it while doing #NaBloPoMo, reflecting, remembering, and yes, recycling. It’s a great reminder of how far I have come as a mom. And, yes, it made me cry. In a good way. It no longer feels endless, it feels exciting.  One of the toughest things […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Why I Love Family Dinners

1. I don’t care anymore if they eat it. I just put it on the table. Don’t get me wrong, I try to make food my family will enjoy. I just don’t stress anymore. I used to make something adult-ish that my husband would like, and when my kids were young, I made the mistake […]

IN OTHER WORDS | White Rabbit

Growing up, I listened to a lot of Jefferson Airplane. My favorite song was White Rabbit played at full blast—some might say “eleven”—as I sang along fantasizing that I was Grace Slick, a sexy, hippie rock star rather than a chubby, lonely child living amid dysfunction that would make the dormouse shudder. I also spun […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Kauai Christmas

One Christmas, while living in Seattle, my husband and I made a promise to each other. The next year, we were going to Hawaii. Yes, the most expensive Christmas destination. But we were miserable. The weather was terrible, dark and dreary. I had the flu on Christmas Eve and couldn’t join in extended family events. […]

IN OTHER WORDS | I Love Halloween

As a kid, I loved Halloween because, candy. Not gonna lie. I love candy. I love chocolate, Twizzlers, Dots (OMG Dots), Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Not a huge fan of Snickers or Milky Way anymore but as a kid, aw yea. Any and all candy. My husband has the same affliction. We have passed along […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Five Random Things About Me

This is a fun post. Thank you Alexandra Rosas of Good Day Regular People for tagging me. She calls it Blogging “Old School” 2009 Style. I was a baby blogger then. I’m happy to be in the big kids’ sandbox now, or at least to sit on the edge. Enjoy! 1. Sometimes I run off at […]

IN OTHER WORDS | “Mommy, I Can’t Sleep”

“Mommy, I Can’t Sleep” It jolts me awake at 1 a.m. and I turn to see my nine year old, holding his blanket, sweat plastering his hair to his forehead. This is an almost nightly occurrence. It has waxed and waned since the concussion in April, but he is suffering from such horrible insomnia, I […]