The Tooth Fairy

In which I try to explain the REAL magic of the Tooth Fairy to my too-young-to-know-it’s-just-his-parents kid… How’d I do?

Appreciation is Key – Don’t Forget to Say Thank You!

Let’s get real for a minute… Parenting is hard. Really hard. And here’s where I need to give a sincere shout-out to all of you who are doing this work solo. You deserve a standing ovation. Seriously. Single parenting is double, triple and on some days I’d imagine, quadruple harder than when you have a partner […]

Traveling WITHOUT Children

It’s 5:03 am Chicago O’Hare time and I’m trying to find some free Wi-Fi that actually works. I passed a Starbucks on my way to the gate and I can imagine my chai tea latte (extra hot!) in about an hour, when the place finally opens. I’m able to sit and write uninterrupted for the […]

Parenting On The Playground – Hits & Misses

Yesterday, I came upon my 10 year old daughter in deep discussion with two of her schoolmates about the upcoming sex ed discussion that would be starting next week. Now, if you’ve read any of my previous posts about this subject, you know that my kid is not going to hear anything new. Sex education […]

What Do I Do Right?

I’m taking part in Elly Taylor’s, Becoming Us Facilitator Training, and it’s fantastic! This training is based on her book, Becoming Us: 8 Steps to Grow a Family That Thrives. I love this book as it aims to prepare couples by presenting them with normal, realistic expectations for the transition to parenthood. Through this training, […]

My Belly Pooch

(Not my actual belly pooch… I’m brave people, but not that brave.) At my age, my body and I have come to a sort of reckoning. I go to Boot Camp 3x a week and push my competitive self to beat the twenty-somethings in class alongside me and this allows me to drink red wine, […]

Momma Empathy

Being in the baby-business, that is, working as a Childbirth Educator for the past 18+ years, this quote is a very familiar one. It’s often seen in literature and classes that are geared toward first-time expectant Mommas. And this makes sense, as they’re just beginning their mothering journey. At that time, I would imagine the […]

Class Is In Session

“Mom, do people have sex when they’re not wanting to have a baby?” And there it is. The opening for me to have a great conversation about sex with my 10 year old daughter. I know a lot of people who have a really, really hard time talking with their kids about all things sex-related, […]