Every year at Christmas time, we moms really feel the pressure. Sure, we feel it during back-to-school season and in June when school is wrapping up but there is something unique about Christmas that moves us in the direction of trying to be someone that we’re not. In my case, this attempt to be someone… Continue reading Gingerbread Houses Aren’t my Jam. And That’s Ok.
I just signed up for Weight Watchers. It will be my second time using their app to track my daily points. It worked last time—and then, as with most things, I grew bored of it and stopped doing it. This is not a character trait I recommend, by the way. It certainly would have been… Continue reading I’m Back on Weight Watchers — Because of School Choice?
After wrapping up a busy week that included 4 evening school events in six nights, I had some thoughts and decided to share them:
No, I’m not doing this. That was my response to the social media pressure to post photos of my three sons in honor of the new made-up holiday—National Sons Day— that had Facebook and Instagram ablaze over the weekend. I can admit that I was tempted—but I decided to take a stand against all these… Continue reading Saying No to All These Made Up Days
It was the first week of August when the email arrived to my already overflowing inbox to alert me that “picture day is just around the corner.” Liars! I don’t know about you moms but “right around the corner” is not synonymous with “a full month away.” And in my world—which is admittedly less organized… Continue reading Of Course My Head Is About to Explode—It’s Back-to School Season
I can remember like it was yesterday. A mom friend and I were chatting by the concession stand at an evening baseball game and she began to describe to me how common it had become for girls her daughter’s age—9th grade— to send sexually suggestive and even nude pictures to boys via text, Instagram, and… Continue reading British Police Officer Shares a Story and Calls on Parents to Help Buck the Dangerous—and Often Illegal—Trend of Kids Sharing Nude Photos
Cheryl Kirk is a mom from Indianapolis who knows a lot about access—and lack of access—to quality education. She knows that the playing field isn’t level and her two older children, who attended school through a voucher program, know it too. Her son is in his first year of college and was given the assignment… Continue reading Her Son’s Professor Says that Access to Quality Education is No Longer a Problem in Her City…Say What?
Sometimes we are forced to take a break from our normal routine because our bodies say so and that was the case for me this past week when I had to pop into Women and Infants Hospital in Providence for a quick fix-me-up from having all those babies a decade ago and, well, gravity. As… Continue reading Farewell Uterus, Hello Domestic Diva-man, and Thanks to Good Friends and Kind Nurses
Oh joy, the school supply lists arrived by email this week. Of course, as many of you know, this is only the first round of supply lists, the one that we learned a long time ago doesn’t always jibe with what the teachers actually require the kids to have. This is the supply list that… Continue reading School Supply Lists Can Make a Girl Crazy
Happy Friday everyone! I celebrated my 45th birthday this week which explains my sudden appreciation for anti-aging products and my newfound commitment to Weight Watchers. Yup. For the very first time, I am a Weight Watchers member and I must say that even I am surprised at the discipline I’ve shown…for the past 13 days.… Continue reading Smart Moms on Roseanne, Mental Health, School Justice, Black Excellence and Celebration