20 Things That Happen When You Go Grocery Shopping with Kids

As a parent, there are a lot of things we’re forced to learn the hard way. Like, how an exception quickly becomes a rule to a child, or how an injury can occur from the most benign source, or how grocery shopping with kids is a special brand of torture. And I’m bitter about it. […]

36 Things No One Tells You About Parenting an Almost-Teenage Boy

When my eldest son made me a mom, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d never diapered a baby before, or fed one, or really even held one for any notable length of time. Having a baby and not a clue was scary. I spent a lot of time researching and worrying, wondering and […]

How to Fight on a Family Vacation

Hi there, savvy travelers! Remember me? I’m the one who shared all those do’s and don’ts of family vacations just last week. The one who thought she had it allllllllll figured out. Well, I’m also the one who just got back from a 4-day 1,100 mile Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/Sedona road-trip adventure with my husband and two kids … […]

56 Thoughts Every Woman Has While Shopping for a Swimsuit

Remember how you couldn’t wait for summer and then it finally arrived and you remembered summer meant swimsuits … and swimsuits meant shopping … and shopping for swimsuits meant the following 56 thoughts? Good times. 1. You know what I need? A new swimsuit. 2. A cute one with support! Lots of support. 3. And […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Vacation

In two days we’ll be packing up the car and heading to the Grand Canyon for what I hope will be a memorable family adventure. With two active kids and miles and miles of road under my fanny pack, I can tell you that our family has done vacations right, done vacations very wrong, and done […]

I’ll Never Truly Be “Done” Having Babies

As a woman, I’ve spent as much of my fertile life trying to prevent pregnancy as I have trying to facilitate it. At 26, I gave birth to my first child. At 30, I suffered a miscarriage. At 31, I gave birth to my second child. At 35, I questioned another. At 36, I decided […]

Kids Guess the Prices of Milk, Gas, Eggs, and More

Like many kids, my 7-year-old wants for things — many, many expensive things I don’t necessarily have the budget or desire to purchase for him. Besides, that’s what allowances are for, right? Now if only we could reach an agreement regarding what his domestic efforts are worth … Our latest allowance negotiation went something like this: […]

12 Popular Clichés … According to Kids

“See? It’s a piece of cake!” I said to my 7-year-old son as he finished up his multiplication homework. “What cake?” he asked. “What?” “You said there was cake.” “No, I said it was piece of cake. As in, it’s easy.” “A piece of cake is easy? I don’t get it,” he said. Why would […]

8 Things I Never Understood About My Mother — Until Now

When it comes to motherhood, it’s hard to say who shapes who more — the mother or the child. And even though moms parent with varying moments of warmth, understanding, rigidity, and spontaneity, devotion remains at the heart of each and every one. But mom’s unconditional love doesn’t mean her methods are always easily understood. […]

A Good Mom is a Happy Mom

A little more than a month ago, I lost it. I really and truly lost it. I was struggling with work, my health, my husband, and my kids. Life had gotten busy (so very busy) and I began shutting down in nearly every way. Emotional and exhausted, my wellness became the furthest thing from my […]