I Went to Buy a Car and Had a Baby Instead

Twenty-two years ago today, I bought a car. Or at least, I started the day buying a car and ending up having a baby instead. It all happened so fast. My husband at the time and I, babies ourselves, had just moved to the suburbs and were in the market for a second car as weRead more…

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The Beginning of the End

Sometimes, the moments strike when you least expect them. Right when you’re sitting there, in the third row of the high school auditorium chatting with another mom while both your daughters, now seniors, sit onstage and wait to be inducted into some honor society that will look good on their college resumes. You’re sitting andRead more…

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Insulting Things Said to Me Over Dinner

“Hey Mom, quick question,” said my 11-year old son last night as we were sitting down to a late dinner, “but, can you still have babies?” I paused shoveling the forkful of quinoa-stuffed pepper into my mouth, looked at him and said, “Uh, yes.” “WHAT?????!!!!!” he responded, apparently amazed that such a miracle could occur toRead more…

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Who’s a Scary Mommy?

The other night, I clicked on the Scary Mommy website and was greeted with this: Yup, that weeping woman clinging to her child is yours truly. If you’re not in-the-know, Scary Mommy is an insanely popular mom blog that’s become a community for parents to celebrate imperfect parenting. So obviously, as my parenting over the lastRead more…

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What’s in the Fifth Grader’s Laundry Basket?

I feel like I spend an inordinate amount of time doing my 11-year-old son’s laundry. Every time I turn around, the hamper in his room is full or he’s just returned from a weekend at his father’s with an overnight bag brimming with dirty socks. Luckily, his is the only other pile of dirty clothesRead more…

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Give Us Dirty Laundry

I feel sorry for the Cannings. You know who they are. They’re the New Jersey family that made international headlines last week when their teenage daughter, Rachel, took her parents to court in an effort to get them to pay her school tuition, even though she moved out of their house in October. Rachel accusesRead more…

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