Dear Me at Age 50, Hi there, it’s me, your 37-year-old self, circa 2016. Right about now, it’s 2029 and you’ve crossed the threshold of 50. If you’re still alive, that is (as you know I’m terribly neurotic and I’m knocking on wood like crazy right now). Here’s hoping my writing of this letter hasn’t […]
I ran into a friend today, one whom I hadn’t seen in several months. The last time I saw her, she had a sick toddler—a brand new two-year-old— and a newborn baby who didn’t sleep. The baby had been hospitalized with croup, and shortly after arriving home from the hospital with him, her older child […]
Here is a non-news flash for you: Marriage is hard. Some newbies may be a bit bewildered when they realize that committed relationships are not the magic elixir for all that ails you, but long-term couples have likely already come to this sobering realization. Some may shrug with resignation, others fight the urge to inflict bodily harm […]
The Mommy-and-Me class is like the airport of people-watching for parents. I happen to know most of the families that are here today pretty well, and I alternately engage with the moms and remain on the periphery, observing. The kids here are all under two, still in the wild animal stage of life, forces of nature. […]
One week ago I read Jenny Studenroth Gerson’s lovely viral article, “They Should’ve Warned Me,” and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I drove to the grocery store, mulling over exactly why the post rubbed me the wrong way, and thinking about what I would say to balance out the idyllic image of motherhood the […]
It was New Year’s Day, and I stumbled down the stairs at 9:45 am, a highly irregular time for me—a 36-year-old mother of two young girls—to wake up for the day. However, the previous night had been a little bit more festive than usual, and I was grateful for the extra sleep. As I sat […]
Finding empathy for moms doesn’t always happen in a society where we are quick to judge parents. We should look closer.
Do you think stay at home moms complain too much? I don’t.
Are you tired of being called selfish? Do you think it’s possible to be a “selfist” instead? Find out what I think the difference is.
I read a fascinating new book about motherhood– Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype by Dr. Patti Ashley. Find out what we can learn by exploring the darker aspects of motherhood.