IN OTHER WORDS | 7 Things to Know When You Bring Your Baby Home

  1. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Do not do housework! Are you insane woman? Your husband/partner/mother-in-law can do the laundry. You just made a person. You are the queen. 2. Take your stool softeners. This may be the best advice you’ll ever get. I am not shitting you. Take the entire bottle, (but not […]

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 | Most Wanted Carpool Lane Offenders

  In honor of back to school after Christmas break (can I get an “Amen?”), I’m sharing thoughts on the car-pool lane, a.k.a the drop-off lane, or simply the parking lot. If you have school age kids who don’t take the bus, you know all about slow moving vehicles, painted lines and safety patrol. Sounds […]

IN OTHER WORDS | When Does School Start?

I’m locked in my bedroom, laptop, iced beverage and cell phone, hiding from my children. I can hear them in the dining room playing poker with my husband. Yes, we are model parents. They’re using pretzels for money, but basically, gambling. And, that’s OK. We still have another seven days of Christmas break; ten down. […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Be My Guest

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for reading my blog. In August, I started submitting guest posts to other sites. I have gained followers, yes, but more importantly, community, support, and exposure. Thank you editors, fellow bloggers and readers! In honor of the success, I am sharing my top guest posts for 2014. Coming […]

From BLUNTmoms | Five Things Never to Say to a Mom

Have a read, have a laugh . . .”that baby needs a nap” is one of them. Five Things Never to Say to a Mom  

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 | The Days Feel Longer Now

Not yet a week into a two week stint with my husband gone for work. The days feel longer now. Yes, it’s getting dark at 5 p.m., yes, I haven’t been feeling well, but it’s his absence that makes it hard. Before he left, the kids had nine days off for Thanksgiving, which is insanity. […]

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 […]