Over the years, I have learned one thing that I hope I remember when I am older and my kids are older and have kids of their own: to keep my mouth shut. Don't foist my opinion on them about how or what they are doing as a parent. Don't make comments under my breath… Continue reading The Best Way To Support Your Adult Kids That Are Parents, Is To Keep Your Mouth Shut
I had a blow out panic attack in my doctor's office today. He knew I had anxiety, but I don't think to the extent that it is there. Likely because I've done an extremely good job of concealing it for a long time. Or maybe he did know and was just taking it one step at… Continue reading The Worst/Best Part Of Having a Panic Disorder Is You Can’t Hide It Forever
Or is it? I grapple with this myself on the regular. My philosophy as a parent in theory is really, and truly, very simple: don't raise assholes. As I said, in theory this is easy. Raise good people. People that are kind. That care for others. That experience empathy. That know how to set healthy… Continue reading My Child-Rearing Philosophy Is Simple.
My mother used to tell me that "they say once you have kids, your maternal instinct never goes away." I suppose this could help to explain why a lot of mothers experience that Empty Nest Syndrome after their kids grow up and move away from home, or why many women mother their husbands. But then… Continue reading My Maternal Instinct Has No Kill Switch
Sometimes I get the impression that my friends that are moms are not really my mom friends. I don't know if that makes any sense, but people I have known and called friends for years don't seem to really identify with me as a mother. We don't really talk about our kids with each other.… Continue reading Can We Just All Agree To Abolish The Term ‘Tween’ Already?
We all have these days. Days that are so insurmountably horrible that it's all we can do to curl up in our pajamas, head buried under the covers - hoping and praying that tomorrow will be even the slightest bit better. If only one thing goes right tomorrow, I may survive. It's really rough being… Continue reading Today, I Wave My Surrender Flag
I am a believer in a lot of things. They range from really stupid things, like what color nail polish is appropriate to wear to a funeral (the answer is: clear); to very big and grandiose things, like whether or not God exists. If I learned one thing in graduate school, it's that we all… Continue reading Yes, I Judged A Kid Today. I’ll Do It Again Tomorrow.