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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

What Are Your Sanity Saving Tips?

While perusing the news yesterday morning, I read about a woman who had set her 6-year-old on fire. I read about a mother who delivered a fatal punch to the head of her 7-month-old baby. I read about a mother who suffocated her newborn because he wouldn’t stop crying and I read about a mother [...]

I Am Beautiful Like Me

How can I help children create a positive self image, to feel the strength of their voice, and to celebrate their mental and physical diversity? It’s a question I’ve been contemplating for the last few days.
Another blogger reached out and asked if I’d be interested in a project. She has two pre-teen daughters and helping [...]

You Can Call it Spanking…

If a man is upset with something his wife says or does and he hits her, we call it abuse. If a mother is upset with something her child says or does and she hits him, we call it spanking.
Whatever term we use to help make the act more digestible, the act is still the [...]

Pssst. Can I Tell You a Secret

My friends, I have a little secret. Maybe you’ve already figured it out and in addition to what I’m about to tell you, I’m also suffering from delusions to think you don’t already know this about me, and if that’s the case I apparently have a few more problems than I’d like to admit. You [...]

The Morning Happiness Gene

I didn’t inherit the happy-in-the-morning gene. When I wake up I’m grumpy, I’m mean and I have the social grace of solitary, carnivorous wild animal. I’ll bite your head off if I’ve not yet had at least one pot of coffee. My sister on the other hand — you can go jump on her [...]

How to Feed the Pig?

Should children receive an allowance for completing household chores? Vote here.

Father’s Value Minimized?

My husband (father of five) has a rather cynical view of whether or not our society values fathers. We had planned to write several articles together about parenting from a dad’s perspective, but it hasn’t happened. I’ve not had time to complete the research, and I think he’s lost his enthusiasm for the subject … [...]

Teachable Moments

The following is from my son’s school newsletter, and I wanted to share it with you because it highlights two things: why I love his preschool, and how I sometimes need to be reminded to tilt my head and look at the children in my life from a different angle…as most things, it’s all about perspective.

Daddy Guilt?

Do you know any men who have expressed a male version of “mommy guilt”? Not just wanting to spend more time with the kids, but feeling extremely torn between professional responsibilities and their family life?