The Apology

Our life this month has coincided beautifully with the 4th of July… some change and some freedom. Physical and emotional change that has been wonderful and sweat-inducing and scream-ridden and terrifying. You’ll read about and see more of that in a few days. But first, a little bit of freedom, and what precipitates freedom more than […]

Elementary School. It’s not all limos and Happy Meals.

Little Brittany Adult Rules

Last week Gigi’s midterm report came home informing me she recognized no letters or letter sounds, and she was unable to write her name. Which is weird because she definitely knew all those things going into her second year of preschool. A preschool that apparently bases it’s curriculum on The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. […]

Earrings for Gigi?

Gigi Piercing

First of all, four year olds aren’t in charge of making life decisions. Logically, I know this to be true. I’m the parent. No means no. Because I said so. I walked up hill both ways in the snow to do whatever asinine thing you are trying to weasel out of to play XBox. I’ll […]

House Rule: In These Bodies We Dance

At Dawn We Dance

How do I teach my daughter to love her body? Good question, I don’t know. It’s actually terrifying. I have no experience liking my body before age 29. I failed in elementary school. I bombed in high school. College was a blurry mess. I can’t sit here and pretend to have any idea how to […]

Halloween 2013

Daria

La la laaaa la la.  We didn’t have our big Halloween bash this year. I’ve been injured and in a foul mood about it, plus we’re leaving for Florida tomorrow, so things just got a little too busy to properly plan a soiree. Unfortunately, that also means that I didn’t have anywhere to don a […]

The Comeback Kid

Parenting Sweet Spot

I went off to college wanting to be an elementary school teacher. That goal was lost somewhere along the line, but I had a very 1950′s daydream about me in cardigan sweater sets talking about conjugating verbs. After college, I spent my summers working at an all-girls summer camp, and my first week on the […]