My Dog Filled the Baby Void

IMG_1116Not long ago, I wrote that my heart will never be done having babies because the truth is, with every inch grown and skill mastered that brings my kids one step closer to independence, I ache a little.

Or actually, a lot.

I suppose it’s to be expected. Motherhood is, after all, a front-loaded gig. From the moment I brought my precious babies home, I was in awe of how much of myself was required to do the job right. I gave every ounce of my heart to these perfect humans until they became as necessary to my survival as the air I breathe.

And it worked.

All that hard work and caring, worked. And it was good. It was good for a good long while until my kids reached a certain age, and it just wasn’t anymore. Without warning or instruction, I, like every mom, found myself towing the blurred line between being there and standing back.

And it felt pretty empty. How does one go from Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! to I got this, Mom without feeling any other way?

I found myself wondering what I was supposed to do with all this untapped love and energy. Should I have another baby? I’ve heard that works, but I ended up with a dog. And I don’t even really like dogs. [Read more…]

Tween Speaks: 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Go to a School Dance

shutterstock_217902904Hey everyone, it’s me, Boy Wonder.

You might not know this, but this is my second year in junior high. I’m an 8th grader now, which means this is my last chance to join school clubs and participate in events at my school, like school dances.

My mom is pushing me really hard to go to at least one school dance this year. She forces a lot of stuff on me, but this is one thing I really don’t want to do.

When she asked me why, I told her: Because I just don’t want to.

She said that if I could come up with actual reasons, she’d consider not making me go, which would be really great because there’s a dance next week.

So Mom, I’ve been thinking, and here are 7 reasons why I (and no other junior high student) should have to go to a school dance if they don’t want to.

So I’m Thinking About Placing a Personal Ad for Mommy Friends


I may go by “Mommyfriend” online, but in real life I’m just Lori, a mom who struggles with making mom friends. It’s not that I’m unapproachable or only wear pink on Wednesdays, but connecting with like-minded moms has proven challenging for me. Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I haven’t put myself out there enough, but when […]

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I Shared ‘The Breakfast Club’ with My Teen 30 Years Later

The Breakfast Club

I recently sat down to watch The Breakfast Club with my son in celebration of the iconic film’s 30th anniversary. To say it was a real moment for me would be an understatement. The movie was, without a doubt, the defining film of my adolescence. Not only did it offer a sneak peek into the […]

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100 Perfect Things to Love About Parenthood


Aww, parenting. When it’s good it’s so good, and when it’s bad it’s still pretty amazing. For all the itty-bitty buggy things that make our job harder than it needs to be, there are about a bazillion more to love as Mom and Dad. Let’s take a look at 100 of the absolute greatest joys […]

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The 8 Very Real Stages of Back to School (for Parents)


Last week, my kids returned to school for what I hoped would be the chillest back-to-school season yet. With Boy Wonder ruling the school as a hot shot 8th grader and BooBoo nestling into the middleness that is 3rd grade, I just assumed we’d ninja our way back into academia with ease. And it seemed […]

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My Son Doesn’t Know What’s Best for Him, I Do


A few weeks ago I dropped my son off at camp for a week of recreational adventure. Believe me when I tell you he wasn’t happy about it. For the last two months — from the initial camp deposit to the final payment — he’s gone on and on (and on) about how much he didn’t want […]

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100 Things That Drive Parents Crazy


While no one ever said parenting was easy, someone should have at least told us how unnecessarily hard it would be sometimes. I know I would have appreciated knowing just how challenging infinitesimal inconveniences would make everyday parenting. How all the drama would indeed be saved for Mama and just how often I’d find myself […]

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40 Thoughts Every Wife Has Before a Romantic Weekend

Las Vegas

Last weekend my husband and I took a mini vacation from parenthood to hit the open road like a couple of lovesick honeymooners. To say I’ve been looking forward to this grown-up getaway would be an understatement. 49 days into summer with kid sidekicks had me seriously jonesing for 48 hours of glorious silence, undisturbed slumber, […]

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12 Woes of Being a Little Brother


There are times when I look at my sons and can’t help but think how lucky they are. As each other’s first and best friends, they share a history and biology so special, my heart bursts wide open for the beautiful bond that is their brotherhood. But that’s not to suggest my boys view their […]

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