My Dearest Smarty Pants

My Dearest Smarty Pants
I have been asked one solitary question a lot over the course of my child’s rearing. This question is not so easily answered, it’s complicated. A part of me wants to tell the world that every child has the capacity to learn and absorb the same way as my child, but I have to wonder if I truly believe that myself. Still, this question constantly rings in my ears, like a tribal drum pounding out its cries, beseeching answers in the distance. How does your kid do it? The answer is... Continue reading

Worst Day of My Life

Worst Day of My Life
The worst day of my life. If asked, what would you say constitutes the worst day of your life? The day you got fired? The day a pet or loved one died? For me, it’s the day my son was born. I know most of you will assume that he didn't survive or something like that, but he did. It’s so much more than that. Continue reading

10 Must-Do Activities From Your Childhood

10 Must-Do Activities From Your Childhood
Summer is finally here! It’s that time of the year when kids want to go outside and play-play-play! There seems to be a few childhood favorites that seem to be lost in the past and forgotten. This summer is the perfect time to introduce these old time favorites, while spending quality time with your children. Continue reading

To the Aunts, Thank You.

To the Aunts, Thank You.

Growing up I was surrounded by incredible women. My parents had an amazing group of friends that were family to us. I always referred to them as aunts and uncles, not even realizing that we weren’t related at all. As a child, DNA meant nothing when it came to who family was. Family consisted of the people that loved me and made me feel safe. These Aunts of mine were instrumental in raising me, even though they didn’t have to be.

My Aunts were there for my mom when I was an unruly toddler. They were there for me when Continue reading

Blame & Shame – A Teen Pregnancy Story

Blame & Shame – A Teen Pregnancy Story

This is a taboo subject, one that is difficult to discuss. We frown down on the teen who gets herself “in trouble”. It feels as though we have become a society that values judgement, more than support. We do not seem to advocate, just allocate blame and shame. If you are a mom who has a daughter who is in this situation, how should you feel? Here is the question dangling on the finality of decisions that rule the future. Do you feel significantly more mortal as you hang onto that vile word, Grandma? How do you process this information? Continue reading

6 Ways To Keep The Relationship Alive After Baby

6 Ways To Keep The Relationship Alive After Baby
Can you recall that beautifully impressive moment when the two of you heard your baby cry for the first time? I remember it implicitly. When our baby cried it was the most unified we had ever felt. Our baby, the little human that we created together, was here. We were now bonded together forever through this tiny person, who would forever depend on us. A true dependent. Let that sink in. We just went from unified, to dependency in seconds. This is the instant that you go from euphoria to pure unadulterated responsibility. How long did it take for your buzz kill to kick in? Hours? Days? Weeks? If it has not happened yet, it will. Here are six significant tips that will help you and your partner keep the love alive. Continue reading