I’m Not Sad That My Kids Are Growing Up

It’s that time of the year again … when parents take over social media with sentimental posts of their kids heading back to school. Now a whole grade level higher and a few inches taller, we see proud kids smiling for the camera while their parents lament the passage of time. Among the many cry-face […]

Mom Starts Thoughtful Gift Box Service to Help Others Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

On August 26, 2006, one day after my 30th birthday, I survived a miscarriage — and I use the word “survive” rather loosely. Without an ounce of grace or decorum, I did little but continue breathing in between fits of anger, sadness, and self-loathing throughout most of my 30th year. I remember saying to my […]

All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Not to Care About Mother’s Day

“When we consider just how personal the motherhood experience is, it’s easy to see all the many ways Mother’s Day can miss the mark.”

14 Women Share the First Time They Were Shamed as a Mother

The moment my pregnancy test came back positive, I felt uncharacteristically ready. Joining the ranks of strong women who’d brought new life into the world had been a dream of mine. Sharing in the responsibility of raising the next generation felt significant. So when it came to learning everything I could about motherhood, I was […]

40 Things 40 Is (and One Thing That It Isn’t)

I’m turning 40 next month. I suppose the idea of bidding final farewell to my thirties ought to furrow my brow a little, but it doesn’t. Maybe it’s because I’ve had 39 years and 11 months to prepare for it. Maybe it’s because I survived my husband’s 40th freak-out earlier this year. Or maybe it’s […]

Mothers Need Mothering, Too

When I was in high school, pagers were the ultimate status symbol. Clipped to your hip, a beeper told the world you were in demand. And everyone wanted one. Well, everyone except me. Because as cool as the Motorola Bravo ever was, the idea of my mom blowing up my beeper would never be. And […]

The Hardest Part of Parenting a Teen Is All the Not Knowing

Driving home from freshman orientation, my teenage son says nothing. Sprawled out in the passenger seat, bangs covering his eyes, he fidgets with the automatic window. “So, high school … it seems pretty cool, right?” I insist. “I guess,” he shrugs, as he stares out the open window. “High school’s going to be a lot […]

Our Children Were Never Ours to Keep

Life as the mom of a teenager isn’t easy. There are days when my son barely speaks; days when his laziness knows no bounds. But then there are days when he really steps up, reaches out, and gives back. While I may never understand the hows and whys of his fickle ways, I’m keenly aware […]

10 Things I Do That My Children Never Will

Last week a weird thing happened, so I did what I do with all weird things — I took it to Facebook: I made three errands this morning resulting in three purchases on my debit card. For each of these purchases, I did what I’ve done since I was 16 years old — I recorded […]

Christmas Falls Entirely On Me

If ever there was a season I loved as much as I loathed, it would have to be Christmas. Is any other holiday as naughty as it is nice? Ho-ho-no. While some might argue Christmas is what you make of it, for those doing the making, the holidays are hard. I, alone, am the not-so-merry […]