True Love

Her hands wrap around my calves as she pushes her head past my knees, peeking out in play as I pour my morning coffee. It’s 5:30am and she surrounds me with obligations I feel I can’t uphold. The weight of motherhood is in my mouth, my eyes, my shoulders. How can I drink my coffee AND play with you AND…

The Quiet Hat

I like to talk. So not surprisingly, I’m currently raising three very opinionated little girls who talk constantly! And my poor husband, the introvert that he is, can’t quite escape the chatter. Ever. Until we discovered the “Quiet Hat”. The #QuietHat was given to me on Paddy’s Day 2012, but because of its offensive size and ridiculousness, it never made it…

Potty Train your child in just 66 Days!

You mean I can wait for over two months to have my child successfully pee on the potty!? Said no parent EVER. We don’t want to wait 66 days to train our children to use the toilet effectively…or sleep through the night…or stop hitting a brother. We want immediate results! We live in the United States of America…

The 10-day Word Fast

Anyone who knows me *may* describe me as verbose. Ok…they definitely would describe me that way. I literally haven’t stopped talking since I was two. I love words! I love how they’re put together. I love their etymology and their cultural implications. I love learning new ones so I can dominate at Scrabble  … You get the point. I go beyond WordsWithFriends….

Are we there yet?

I remember being a kid let out of school for summer and feeling like the grains of sand at the beach would warm my toes forever and set me free. I can do whatever I want! I would exclaim to my friends on the bus as we high-fived our way into summer vacation. Then it…

Batman Returns (to the dinner table)

DISCLAIMER: Wearing a superhero cape at mealtime is sure to create laughter and enjoyment, but it will not guarantee your child will eat his vegetables.   I think all parents should wear a superhero cape at mealtime. For real. We deserve it. No matter how well your child eats, mealtime is almost always a battle. Sweet…

White Parents: have “the talk”

White parents. This is for you. It’s time you had “the talk”. And not that talk, but the Race Talk. In light of what has been happening in our country lately (#PhilandoCastile, #AltonSterling), I believe that we, as white parents, have an obligation to explicitly talk to our children about race and racism. This isn’t easy and it usually…

Granola Bar Kindness

It’s never easy to talk to your kids about the harsh realities of life. I remember the first time I thought about telling my oldest about strangers I got sweaty pits: She’s already shy enough, I thought. What’s she going to do now, not talk to anyone?! Luckily my husband handled it with the ease…