I received the back-to-school supply list email this week. My youngest child was quietly resigned at this first sign of the end of summer. My oldest child told me to delete the email. I was sorely tempted. It's been since March 2020 since my kids have been inside a school building. They're returning to school … Continue reading Back to School After a Pandemic
I intended to write this post two weeks ago, but January has been A LOT. Wasn't January 2021 supposed to be better? Weren't we supposed to get a fresh start? Spoilers: We didn't. I'm can't even get as far into the attack in the Capitol as I'd like. It was scary. It was horrible. It … Continue reading What the Hell January?
Well, here we are. It's the middle of August and school is threatening to start. Or is it? This time it's weird. My kids are going back to school, but at home, but they'll be in school. Plus, they are both moving up into new schools (omg I have a middle schooler and a high … Continue reading So this is Back to School
COVID-19 is here. We are in the thick of it in Maryland. Our governor has just announced we will be at home and schools will be closed until May 15th. I highly doubt that, come May 16th, we will be free to join crowds, hug strangers, and go back to our favorite restaurants. I think … Continue reading In the Midst of COVID
2019 was a pretty fantastic year, personally. For a lot of people 2019 was fraught with hardship and drama. My life was far from drama-free, but, overall, the good outweighed the bad. My brother and his came to visit for the first time, and it was brilliant! I flew to Denver to visit my BFF. … Continue reading Thanks a lot, 2019.
As we pass by Memorial Day and enter June I find we are living in a strange Purgatory. Summer is here, for all intents and purposes. The kids have summer swim team practice after school at the local pool. Baseball and soccer practices are ramping up and the minivan carpools are being sorted and finalized. … Continue reading Summer … Almost
This summer has sucked for writing. Absolutely sucked. I have gotten nothing done. I wanted to have a draft of my book finished by the end of this month, but I am miles away from that now. I'm trying to write today, but am finding it impossible. Why? The kids. The house. The garden. I … Continue reading Summer Writing
I was watching a re-run of the Foo Fighters singing on Carpool Karaoke and I started to get all nostalgic. Not because of the Nirvana connection. You see, Dave Grohl saved my marriage. It was eons ago. Probably 2BC. BC = Before Children. We didn't have kids, but I wanted them. I wanted it badly. … Continue reading Dave Grohl Saved My Marriage
Okay. Today I'm trying to be hands off, yet supportive with my kids. It's easier with one than the other and that has to do with how much confidence I have in their competence. And that is my fault. Backing up, I went to an incredible talk by Jessica Lahey, the amazing author of The … Continue reading Hands Off, Yet Supportive
So, usually I only post links to my own articles. When I link to someone else it's because I think their content is pretty darn excellent. Today I'm linking to the 2018 Positive Parenting Conference. I've been working on the fringes of it so you'll see my face if you scroll waaaaaaaayyyy down to the … Continue reading Need a Parenting Expert?? How about 20!