shots & hurt

For the second July in a row, I have a kiddo with strep. She goes the entire school year without catching anything and gets strep in the summer. The doctor offered us a one-time shot as an alternative to 10 days of antibiotics, to which I immediately answered, “YAAAASSSS!” The object of the shot — […]

Will It Ever Stop?

Yo. I don’t know. (I should tell you that the song “Ice, Ice Baby” was nominated for a Grammy. In 1991. A fact that is both educational and sobering.) I’m not rocking a mic like a vandal but I am mothering to the extreme. I am parenting in a world with which I am unfamiliar. […]

the burdens of her mother

“When is your birthday?” asked the volunteer behind the library counter. “May 18th,” my daughter answered, incorrectly. Perhaps we should have skipped this event. The night before, my soon-to-be 9¬†year-old had been concerned about attending Birthday Book Club as she does not like “rushing around” in the morning. I assured her that attending would not […]

Lipstick and Earrings

I’m going to share a little secret with you: some days I don’t want to get out of bed. The alarm goes off and I just want to pull the covers over my head and not start the mom-hustle that is my day. So maybe that’s not really a secret given I’ve already written about […]

Managing Your Child’s Expectations During the Holidays

This time of year can be overwhelming, what with presents to wrap and meals to prepare and guests to attend to and all. It’s a lot for a grown up to keep up with. Now imagine you are an 8 year-old who literally can’t wait until Christmas morning — what does that feel like? As […]