Posts tagged "humor"

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor
I like to think I’m a pretty bang-up detective when I need to be. In fact, I’m convinced one day I’ll rent space in a brownish/grayish/oldish-looking building somewhere and hang out a worn wooden sign: Intini, P.I. The only thing keeping me from this dream of mine is not knowing the difference  between a private... Read more »

A Peculiar Way to Know Your Kids Are Happy

It is my ultimate desire as a parent to provide an environment of peace in my home. One might think it would be the intense way my children are engaged in play that would clue me in to their contentment or the quiet way they focus on a project. But truthfully, I have complete confirmation... Read more »

From Sprout to Blossom: When Kids Grow Up

He continues to grow, despite the fact that I tell him not to. I try to swaddle him up in a blanket but his long lanky legs and bony knees stick out the end of the fabric that once tucked around his entire body. He tells me he is a big boy now; that he... Read more »
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Teen Driving: Driver's Ed is Nothing like Kindergarten

Teen Driving: Driver's Ed is Nothing like Kindergarten
My teen is driving. Well, she is not technically driving at this moment nor has she actually driven a real motorized vehicle. However, she will be driving. Soon. She turned 15 last October, and I stopped sleeping anticipating her request: Mama, can I take Driver’s Ed? But she never asked. I never offered. I started sleeping once... Read more »

10 Field Trip Survival Tips to Read Before You Volunteer

10 Field Trip Survival Tips to Read Before You Volunteer
I’ll admit it: I’m the queen of volunteering for things I would rather avoid, including field trips. This morning when all normal stay-at-home parents kiss their children good-bye, close the door and go back to bed, I grabbed an armload of mostly unnecessary items (umbrella, purse-sized first aid kit, 2 water-bottles,  bag of grapes, granola bars,... Read more »

Celebrating Mother's Day: Forget the Gifts, Let's Hear the Stories!

I couldn’t help but share the essay I read at the Listen To Your Mother Show at The Athenaeum Theatre this past Sunday. An amazing experience which only confirms that everyone has a story to tell. I thought for sure my mundane silly story would just amuse but found many women approaching me after the show... Read more »
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Bottling Up the Day to Day: Beyond Lifestyle Photography

“It’s time to start letting go,” I decided a few months ago, but this time with a whole heart and not a half-assed attempt to convince myself by making a fake declaration out loud. The laundry in piles, dishes in the sink and the back yard strangely reminiscent of a junkyard, yet I had never... Read more »

It IS fun to dress a little boy, so there! (Mom of son sticks out tongue at naysayers)

I find it really annoying when people say, “It’s no fun to dress boys.” OR “Boy’s clothes are so boring.” Because it’s border line criminal how much fun it can be to dress your little guy. Vests and khakis, casual suits and hats! I love retailers like Tea, which tout bright colors and tops for... Read more »

Life Outside of the Baby Aisle: Living My Middle

by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor Do you remember being pregnant? Did you sign up for the newsletter that would email you a weekly estimate of the size of your baby?  As the weeks went by, your baby would be a compared to a grape, a fig, an avocado, a spaghetti squash, a pineapple.... Read more »
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Faux Farms

I want a faux farm. I dream of skipping about with Midwest wildflowers in one hand and feeding chickens with the other. I long to pause and reflect about life while leaning by a rusted silo or a red paint chipped barn. This song from Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird plays on repeat in the... Read more »