Parenting

Redefining Perfect: What I Want My Daughter to Know About Her Body

April 24, 2012

My family is perfect. Really, we are. I have a perfect husband who is 6’4” and built like a linebacker. He is cranky and ornery and a perfectionist, but I love him. I am the momma. I am 5 feet and 11 glorious inches tall. I am not a size 8 or 10. Twelve is […]

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The Importance of Non-Mom Friends

April 19, 2012

We’re just two girls, kicked back, watching reality television, eating nachos, and drinking shameful amounts of a quality boxed wine.  We’re laughing about men, discussing trips we want to take, and then my pretty, glamorous, single friend stops mid-sip and says “Oh my God.  Did he just poop on your chair?”  She’s disgusted and laughing […]

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How to Survive Road Trips with Kids

April 4, 2012

Spring break and travel season is upon us, and this week on the lifestyle show, Rebecca Regnier’s Full Plate, Curvy Girl Brittany Gibbons shares her traveling with kids survival tips,  while I advocate lying and not allowing anyone to converse en route because it leads to fights, duh! What can I say, silence can be […]

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10 Tasty and Safe Snacks for the Classroom

April 3, 2012

Growing up, I honestly don’t remember knowing anyone who had a food allergy. I had plenty of super picky friends who refused to eat the majority of what was prepared for them, but they were not allergic, just particular. And sure, I had a couple friends who were vegetarians, which back in the 1980′s was […]

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She Speaks: Why I Won’t Be Like Dara-Lynn Weiss

March 30, 2012

Have you heard about Dara-Lynn Weiss, the woman who recently told her tale in Vogue of getting her seven year old to lose weight? In short, her 4 foot 4 inch daughter was weighing in at 93 pounds and declared by her doctor clinically obese. Weiss goes on to describe her erratic approach toward her […]

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My Daughter Moved Out

March 21, 2012

This is a hard post for me to write, because I have spent the last 24 hours in various states of anger, disbelief, utter sadness, on the verge of a breakdown and just plain numb. My daughter, who is 16, moved out. When I was 16, I was no picnic. It makes me shudder now […]

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Finding Friends For The Sake of My Children

March 14, 2012

These days, I feel like I’m letting my son down by not having many friends with kids his age that he can play with. I feel that my asinine fear of the phone and making small talk is keeping him from days spent playing with other children.

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Who Did I Lose? The Grief of Miscarriage

March 8, 2012

By August 1 of last year, (less than three months after my first miscarriage), I wasn’t late, but I kind of  knew. My husband kind of knew. Which is why I texted him eight times, asking him to get one, and why, even though he left his phone at home and didn’t get my texts, […]

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Co-Parenting With Your Ex

February 27, 2012
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As a disclaimer to this post and my own advice, such as it is, let me first say that while my son’s father and I don’t see eye to eye on most things, I don’t worry for his safety when he’s with his father. My son was just over a year old when his father […]

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True Gender Neutrality?

February 20, 2012
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Recently, a story I remember hearing a few years back was pushed back into the media spotlight  - British couple Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper had a child whose sex they refused to reveal publicly, in order to avoid pressuring him (her?) into any kind of gender stereotype. For five years, the public knew nothing but the […]

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