Middle school: basically Dante’s 7th circle…

Recently, I overheard three teenage girls talking and their entire conversation was comprised of steadily putting down other girls in their peer group. One after another, I heard the negative comments: Her hair is too frizzy. Why doesn’t she stop blow drying it? I can’t stand being around her. She wears the weirdest clothes. I […]

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Five friends every mom needs

When I was less than four feet tall, I collected stickers and dolls that I would line up on a bookshelf and kiss every night–the dolls, not the stickers. Now that I am an impressive 5’ 4”, I collect friends that come to sit at my kitchen table.  In the last seventeen years while living in […]

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Who’s the teacher here?

Most days I forget how the world sees my daughter: a cute twelve-year-old who walks with a strange gait, who most-often is drooling and who uses a communication device to speak. I forget that she resembles a broken marionette that has snipped her strings and says so much with a smile. Yes, she is beautiful […]

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Skiing vs. Marriage

My husband’s dream ever since we started popping out babies was to have our entire family on the slopes. “A family that skis together stays together” was his burning mantra. Up until this year I had ample excuses to send him and our oldest up the hill together for some father-daughter bonding time: “I can’t […]

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Trailer parks and tears

For much of my adolescent years I resided in a trailer park with a “Dallas” theme—the soap opera, not the state. We lived on J.R. Drive and the streets surrounding ours were: Knot’s Landing, Ewing Drive and Cattleman’s Circle. The south embraces themes, y’all. Seriously though, I would give anything to have been at the […]

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Cleaning house

One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents (right after sleep deprivation) is “How do you clean a house when tornadic children are constantly undoing all your work?” I confess that even now with our youngest being eight, at times our house looks like a frat. party just exploded and had a baby. I […]

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For the newbies

Sixteen years ago, I consulted friends, family, pregnancy books and child development classes to help me prepare me for my impending motherhood. All sources regretted to inform me of four important items which I will share with you now. Today. Because I’m a giver. First off, in the hospital if you deliver non-cesarean (Fine, I’ll […]

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Lessons from Forty

This past year, I turned an age that rhymes with “borty” and I am not ashamed. At all. Some women (and men) struggle with revealing or looking their age and I want wear a t-shirt that shouts: “I earned it, man! See this somewhat squishy belly? It grew four children! See these malleable arms? They […]

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Ugly Love

Valentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day—whatever you call it—conjures up memories of miniature chalk-tasting hearts and Superman valentines speared with a lollipop. This holiday just around the corner is most likely the busiest one for florists and millions of roses are sold each year. That’s a lot of dried petals, folks. I call this romantic (and […]

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Poor Baby

The world is heading down a dark tunnel fast, y’all.  I’m not talking about divorces, gambling or drugs. I’m not even talking about how we just launched a reality TV show entitled “US Government: Amateur Hour”. No, the real problem lies in baby names. Yes, baby names. The problem is two-fold. Problemo numero uno: There […]

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