Category Archives: parenting

Scary Funny Things Kid’s Say: A 7 Year Old’s View of Abortion

My first grader, Birk, was in her booster. I was driving the good old mini van and we were heading home from school . “Mommy, do you know about abortions?” Whoosh, almost hit a tree. I had to focus my eyes back on my little baby cupcake and try to figure out where all of […]

Funny Things Kids Say: What Your Kids Might Be Saying At School

I picked up K3 after school and took her corrected work out of her cubby.  I quickly scanned her first grade papers.   There was a cute exercise that was folded like a greeting card that said, “I like the taste of…”  Then your child put in what they liked.  K3 of course put her […]

There Will Be Time to Plant the Flowers…Just A Lot Later

Every year around mother’s day, I take the kids to the store to buy a flat of annuals.  They are excited to pick out plants and we all share the wonder and excitement of spring. Once we get the plants home, the kids usually plant one plant and that’s it for them.  I spend the […]

Pregnant Duck? Not Quite.

There is no place like the Humane Society on a Saturday morning during kitten season.  Kids are crying, parents are yelling at each other and at their kids, people are jockeying for position on the pets in cages, and there is a very long wait if you are interested in adopting a new family member. […]

Untethered In My Mini Empty Nest

This week my two older kids went to sleepaways with their school classes.  The way it worked out, they swapped equally in the middle of the week.  This left me with an entire week of two children.  Not always the same two children, mind you, but two children instead of three just the same.   […]

Frida Kahlo MOMA Update: If You Are A Fan, Don’t Miss It

The crowds were thick, but this was quite a wonderful exhibit of Kahlo’s work and life.  If you have never seen her work before, don’t miss it.  If you are a fan, get there right away.  If you are open about art and experiencing art, take your kids.  I tried to determine if it was […]

Mom’s Letter To Her Summer Camp Kid

K1 Son at sleep away camp, Day 9.  No letter home…yet: Dear K1 Son, Are you o-k? Are you having fun? Did a mountain lion carry you off?  Were you eaten by bears? I do think you actually did get on the right bus, because I saw you in a picture from camp that your […]

What My Parents Did To Me

*Cool as a cucumber *Vegetarian *Calm *Shy *Soft Spoken *Hot as a firecracker temper *Outgoing *Talk to anyone about anything for hours *Meat Eater These are qualities of my parents in no particular order.  Some qualities they share, such as the willingness to help anyone who needs them, strong sense of justice, generous, kind, thoughtful, […]

No More Teachers, No More Books, No More Peaceful Grocery Shopping

I don’t usually take my little sidekicks to the grocery store.  The normal routine is to eject them from the car at the school drop off, beeline it early to Trader Joe’s(before the crazy people get out of bed and get there) and then stroll blissfully up and down the aisles with no particular agenda […]

Yell Back to Blondeshell’s Volunteer Warning

Just read a really funny post over at Not Afraid to Use It.  Her post about volunteering made me think about Blondeshell’s post Warning.  We never learn, do we?  At least I don’t.   Maybe instead of SHOP BLOCKING me my friends could just walk around school and hold my arm down or slap me […]