Dear Mom Who Is Totally Screwing Up

Dear mom who is totally screwing up, Today my five-year-old daughter screamed the whole way home because I would not buy her a pottery wheel. Today I lost my patience. I will lose my patience again tomorrow. I sometimes clean up her messes, because I can’t deal with the potential meltdown, or the calm presence it would take to walk her through how to clean it on her own. I let her watch kids’ shows with obnoxious characters who whine a lot and lack depth. I tune her out after…

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7 Ways I’m Preparing for an Empty Nest

Does it feel like yesterday the kids were heading off to kindergarten even though they’re almost adults? I swear yesterday we were playing with LEGOs, and I was cutting the crusts of their PB and J sandwiches. It wasn’t, though, and logically I know that. In my “mom brain,” they’ve grown up overnight, and I’m faced with an almost empty nest. Before the kids have moved out completely, I’ve decided to start preparing for an empty nest – when it’s just my husband and me. 7 Ways I’m Preparing for…

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Can We Just Let Carrie Fisher Rest Already?

Carrie Fisher was never a name in my life that stuck out to me.  In fact, until The Force Awakens truth be told I had no idea who she was.  I had never heard of her for some weird reason.  Maybe because I wasn’t a Star Wars fan (gasp).  However, I do remember Princess Leia.  I do remember the name, face and the accolades. I do remember googling her and falling in complete love with a woman I had no idea was so cool.  Her honest interview with Oprah filled…

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Why My Facebook Posts are All Sweetness and Sunshine

I love Facebook. I do. It allows for community building with like-minded people, provides entertainment, shares helpful information and is a way to stay connected with old friends. I enjoy reading articles that discuss life hacks and reminisce about trends from my childhood, watching cooking videos of tasty recipes I’ll never make and keeping up with the latest news in my friends’ lives. Facebook is a lot like how I imagine quicksand to be. If you tread lightly and quickly you are fine, but the minute you linger a little…

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No Underwater Piano for My Kid

When I finally arrive at my daughter’s after school program each evening I hear other parents admonishing their kids to hurry up because they have to get to swimnastics practice. T-ballet? Underwater piano? I honestly can’t keep track of the widely varied activities that her peers seem to be rotating through each season. It exhausts me to even hear them discussing their extracurriculars. Back when my daughter was my only child and I was a better parent, we did try signing her up for ballet through our local rec center….

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