Let’s Talk About What’s Not Talked About: Parenting in the Tween Years

When I started this blog, Sophie was a mere 2-years-old. I wrote about all those new milestone moments of motherhood,  like going from the crib to a toddler bed, saying goodbye to the baby monitors, birthday celebrations, first days of school, how I got her to stop sucking her thumb, struggles with shoe shopping, her […]

And in a Moment, a Volume Closes and a New Book Begins

Today is a bittersweet day. It’s Sophie’s last day of fifth grade; her last day of elementary school. She’s now officially a sixth grader, bound for middle school in August. Some days, it feels like just yesterday she started kindergarten. Or her first day of third grade, which was her first at a new school […]

My Adventures as a Generation X Parent Raising an iGeneration Kid

I am a proud member of Generation X. I was born in 1975, making me 43-years-old. My formative years were the late 1980s and early 90s. I graduated high school in 1993. At that time, technology in my house consisted of an Apple IIE computer and the Oregon Trail. The Internet was still years away […]

Painting Rocks and Creating Little Moments That Matter

There’s a line of dialogue from the movie “20th Century Women” that struck me when I first heard it, and continues to stay with me today. Annette Bening says to a friend of her teenage son: “You get to see him out in the world, as a person. I never will.” I think about this […]

Election Thoughts: Choosing Hope, Not Hate

I think we can ALL agree this week has been a whirlwind of emotion and chaos. It certainly has for me. I spent the better part of Wednesday and Thursday in tears, feeling as if I was mourning a loss. I had not been that upset about the state of our country since September 11. […]

Packing a House, Enjoying the Moments and Making New Memories

The last several weeks have been spent going through my entire house — deciding what stays and what goes — in preparation for our upcoming move to Indiana. I’ve been sorting, purging and filling the trash can with fervor each week. The recycle bin is overflowing, and I’m as excited for the weekly garbage day […]

How the Wrong Change Led to a Moment of Childhood Wonder

Every Friday, Sophie’s school sells cups of frozen yogurt for $2.50 when the afternoon bell rings. Last Friday (and like every week before), Sophie wanted to buy herself a frozen yogurt. She pulled $3 out of her backpack and ran off to purchase her cookies and cream treat. She returned from the purchase looking ecstatic […]

The Ways to Be Happy

Sophie and I have a bedtime tradition. Every night, after her teeth are brushed, pajamas on and she’s tucked in bed, I ask her the same question I’ve been asking since she was very little. What’s your favorite thing you did today? The only “rule” we have when answering the question is you can’t say, […]

Accepting the Body I Cannot Change

This is a sensitive topic for me and I hesitated even sharing it as a post. But I remembered this is my personal space, and the place I feel most comfortable sharing my thoughts. And further, it’s a post that I feel is important to talk about and will (hopefully) resonate with other women and […]