I haven’t been writing lately. There have been a million excuses, including sickness and LTYM and, you know, laundry. Oh and maybe a parasitic invasion but you’ll have to wait for my Listen To Your Mother talk to hear all about that. I’m sure you can hardly wait. When I don’t write, I start to …

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   Despite my son being generally soft-hearted and sweet, he is still a boy. And boys are…gross. They do gross things and they also put their bodies into perilous situations. And my boy has a little sister who is watching all of the gross and sometimes terrifying things that he does and worshipping his every …

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This was G’s Christmas in 2012 (Up on Scary Mommy today!) First off, I made sure that my son was SUPER excited to fly from snowy Colorado to sunny California on the day before Christmas to visit his grandparents with his Dad and me and his baby sister. See: SUPER EXCITED I noticed on the …

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This year, the stress I have created for myself over the holidays has made me want to hide in a pile of laundry, guaranteeing that no one will ever find me. I don’t know why I wait until the last minute to do it all, but I do. Something in me must like the drama. But I do …

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I find myself at the zoo once a year.   This is usually when a friend from out-of-town with children is coming to Denver and it has been a year since I have been to the zoo so I have forgotten what the zoo is actually like.   Here are some reasons why the zoo …

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Like many parents, I am entering into Summer feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand I’m like, “Yay, we get to sleep in!” But then, “Holy crap what am I going to do with these children for 82 days.” Yes. I counted. So, I had my 7-year-old sit down and make …

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Hiking with children, Your children, other children, Starts out as a wonderful idea. Their faces excited. Their shoes are laced tight. The collar is placed on the dog. Outside, Our pale faces, Unused to the warmth, Gaze up at the strange ball of light. We start up the hill, And that’s when they realize, That hiking, …

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1. Wake them up in the morning. 2. Wipe their face off with your own spit. 3. Accidentally put their current homework in the recycling bin because you thought it was their old homework. 4. Say you are going to limit their screen time. And then actually do it. 5. Not pick them up immediately …

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A friend of mine told me recently about a study that she had read that suggested that people with kids are generally less happy than those without kids, but that they have more overall joy. Higher highs but more frequent lows, so to speak. I looked up the study and found that, statistically, they didn’t actually …

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1. Your snow boots are the most expensive pair of shoes that you own. And this is totally fine with you because they are super cute with fur-lining at the top. 2. You have ever pulled your groceries up your driveway on a sled. 3. Your toddler is afraid to go on a hike because …

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