Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes “Mom?” asked Emilia. “Yes?” “You know how sometimes when people die, someone plants a tree for them?” I knew where this was going. My daughters have no trepidation about referencing my death. I might play a role in this behavior. Captain Fantastic is one of our...

Big News for Little Piggy

Big News for Little Piggy In 2012, I self-published a little humor book called This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store. I had no idea if anyone would read it. And if they did, would they even like it? People did read it. The title and cover caught attention. Readers would then tell their...

On Bullying

On Bullying Bullying isn’t just for kids. We like to think that it takes place on school playgrounds (which it does) and that it’s an unfortunate part of adolescence (which it is). But there’s more to it. I had my own experiences with bullying as a child. There were times when I...

Please Don’t Make Me Go to an Adult Chuck E. Cheese

Please Don’t Make Me Go to an Adult Chuck E. Cheese My children have thankfully grown beyond Chuck E. Cheese. We went a handful of times when they were younger. They’d still be excited if I took them there, but they long ago stopped asking, as I did little to mask the fact that I am not a fan. Why? Not ONLY because...

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic It’s rare that my husband and I have the opportunity to watch an “adult” movie. (Not that kind of movie; get your mind out of the gutter.) Like many parents, we can recite lines from Mary Poppins and Brave and Ice Age. “Oh, George, you didn’t jump in the river. How...

Destination: Puberty

Destination: Puberty Not all of our journeys lead us to foreign lands. My daughters are currently one week into a four-week course on puberty. My eldest was dreading the first class, claiming that she didn’t need it since she’d sat through her 5th grade health class. I ignored the eye...