Someday They Will Tell Their Therapists This Story

I walked into the room in the middle of “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”. Now, I am not entirely sure this movie is age appropriate for eight year olds, but there they were watching it. “Who is that guy, Mom?” “I don’t know.” I said. “I’ve never seen this movie.” “But who is he supposed […]

Playing Hooky

Education was always a big deal in my family. My parents rarely took us out of school for vacations and we didn’t take sick days unless we were really sick – or, I suppose, if we could convince my mom we were really sick. That is the kind of parenting skill you learn by example. […]

Upon Seeing an Amish Horse and Buggy Rolling Down the Highway

We were driving from DC to central Ohio to visit some childhood friends when we saw an Amish gentleman driving his horse and cart down highway 30. “Hey guys, look! It is an Amish guy.” I said. “Why doesn’t he just buy a car?” one of them asked. “Well, the Amish don’t drive cars or […]

Me and Mrs. Jones

You know how it is when you get a real Talking Heads moment? When you think How did I get here? This is not my beautiful house. Well, I had one of those moments two weeks ago when I found myself interviewing Lori Jones, mother of Olympic hurdler, Lolo Jones. Honestly, my education is in […]

Why Youth Sports Are Vital

Somedays I cannot believe how busy we are around here. Between scouts, choir, soccer, birthday parties, piano lessons, family commitments and homework I feel like half of the time I am just diving my kids around from place to place. I know this isn’t news to any suburban parent. I was warned about this. The […]

Why You Shouldn’t Listen to The Bloggess’ Audio Book With Your Kids in the Car

I was so excited when my copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened arrived in the mail. I was psyched because I had preordered it eons ago and people that bought the paper version of the book got theirs earlier. I ordered the audio book because 1) How cool is it that Jenny got to […]

The Halloween Debacle – Part 2

To get the whole story you have to first read “The Halloween Debacle – Part 1.” * * * When I left the parade I was really hoping that Claudia would find her costume on the school bus on the ride home, but when she came off of the bus empty handed I knew we […]

The Halloween Costume Debacle – Part 1

I am not a terribly prepared or organized human being, but I know from experience that if you wait until mid-October to buy children’s Halloween costumes they will be picked over and you will never get what you want. Halloween is the one holiday I have down, when school starts in September we order our […]

The Silver Lining

I am looking forward to winter because in the winter there a no mosquitoes to ravage my poor itchy ankles. I told this to my children this afternoon. I told them this one, because it is true and two, because I was trying to think of something positive to say. The kids didn’t have school […]

With the Lights Out It’s Less Dangerous

Claudia has decided what she wants to be for Halloween. She is seven years old. What on earth have I created? I will take partial credit. The Goon Squad’s birth announcement featured a picture of the twins wearing Misfit’s onesies. Then there was this. Then I praised her when she wanted these. But none of […]

I Was Standing in the Shower

I am standing in the shower and I can hear the shrieking coming down the hall. I have been in the shower almost long enough so that my hair is wet enough to put in the shampoo. I wonder what he could have done to make her so angry in such a short period of […]

Words Yes, Title No

There is a long story behind this, but the short version is that the tv that lives in front of my elliptical machine is not hooked up and my kids are on summer vacation so there was a mandatory dance party this afternoon. This is how I happened to see a person Irish dancing a […]