Insightful piece about sending your kids to a school that is not regarded as “great” or even “good”. This is an issue I have been thinking about constantly as my son will be attending a high school that scores low academically, but seems to offer more teacher involvement and caring, and smaller class sizes. I […]


Yesterday was not the first Mother’s Day that I didn’t spend with my kids.  But it was the first year that I decided it wasn’t going to be a big deal. The joint custody court arrangement that I share with my kids’ dad usually leaves me without my kids on Christmas and Mother’s Day.  In […]

My son is back. The one I understand. The one who wants to be around me, wants me to know about everything going on in his life. I know he might not walk through the door tomorrow, but I’ll spend as much time with him as I can, today.

As wistful as I sometimes am for my early days of motherhood, when my adorable little toddler and I watched all his favorite shows together (Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer), there is one memory of that time that I’d like to forget. His name is Caillou. I can still hear his voice…crying out to his baby […]

If you are a parent, you should read this book.  If you are an educator, you should read this book.  If you are a child, you should definitely read this book.  Generally, if you are a person, you should read this book. Wonder may be the best book I have read in years.  Its a […]

I actually never heard of National Sibling Day until today, has this always been a thing?  Or, more likely, I had heard of it and I blocked it out, because I am a jealous little B who always wanted siblings and never had any. I’ve mentioned this before, but growing up I really ached for […]

The holidays. I’m probably not alone that as a kid, the holidays were my favorite time of the year. It didn’t really matter what holiday it was; my family was Catholic, but we were not particularly religious, and so whether it was Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving, it all meant the same thing to me – […]

The ‘hate’ is always temporary, anyway. The parenting is forever.

Thirteen. I feel him starting to slip away. He’s been 13 now for almost a year. I naively thought that somehow, we were going to gracefully pass right through that transition unaffected by the change that comes when a kid becomes a teenager. When they assert their individuality. When they don’t want their mom around […]