Lessons in Joy (as taught by a toddler)

If you’re a parent, it’s no mystery that you can learn a LOT from your children.   If you’re a parent and you are confused by this statement… You’re not paying close enough attention.  My children have taught me more in their short, little lives than I have learned in decades of living.  So here […]

Nighttime Achievement Awards

Currently (11:24 pm) I am lying awake in my bed, marveling (like all mothers do) at how magnificent, talented and better my kids are, than your kids….  Wonder if I’d get honks or gun shots for THAT bumper sticker! Maybe just vehicular vandalism.  We (as a proud race of stumbleparents) must learn to embrace and […]

Super Mom or Pirate? Hmmmmm…

   Ignore this post if you don’t want to hear me whine… Who doesn’t feel like a failure from time to time?  Today is my time.  I’m too old, I’m too fat, I’m too dumb, I’m too impatient, I’m too bitchy, I’m too selfish, and I am feeling like a failure in every area of […]

Rules for Reason

   Just a quick analogy story for your tired parent eyes! If you have a limit pusher, a rule breaker, a wild child, a deviant, or a general inquisitive, intelligent imp… This story might be relevant.  I’ve learned with my spirited 6-year-old, that saying, “The rule is…” Before stating anything I want her to comply […]

Silent Treatment Update!

Typing with my thumbs from the Las Vegas Airport!    And many of you were interested in the silent treatment I was trying with my eldest wild child!  Well, I’m pleased to report continuing success BUT in the interest of science and whatever… I do have some notes: 1. It’s hard for me to always […]


Every parent dreads that phone call, that email, that conference…. the one where it starts out with another adult saying Mr. or Mrs. in front of your last name, followed by, “we need to talk about little (insert child’s name here)” and that sinking, heavy oatmeal feeling in your gut.