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Maggie Lamond Simone

With Our Children, the Past Gets Fuzzy So the Present Can Stay Clear

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Our children's journey to adulthood is like childbirth, in a way; you don't forget the idea of the pain, but you do forget, to an extent, the actual, physical pain.

Teens, You're Not as Alone as You Think

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

I know this may come as a shock to you, but I was once a teenager. Don't roll your eyes. I was. And I survived. It was a time of profound and sustained unhappiness for me, although I never truly understood why.

Why I Want To Become My Mother

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 07.08.2013 | Women
Maggie Lamond Simone

I now look forward to the day when someone tells me I'm just like my mother. And I'm really hoping it will be her.

Valentine to a Gay Brother

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Maybe not in my lifetime, but maybe in my children's lifetime, homosexuality will be like red hair or brown skin or a preference for cheese: not a good thing or a bad thing, just a thing that people won't have to be afraid to share.

Thankful for it All -- Including Alcoholism and Depression

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

I've always tried to teach my children to be grateful for the good in their lives, and while we try to appreciate it every day, Thanksgiving is the one time of year when we don't need reminding. A recent conversation with my son, though, has made me rethink the "good" part of the equation.

'What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?' Is The Wrong Question

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty
Maggie Lamond Simone

I don't know what I enjoy anymore. I hadn't anticipated that it would ever come up, apparently, because in the grand plan of my life, I didn't plan for this. I knew I wanted to have kids, and I knew I wanted to be a writer. I've done both, yet suddenly they're not enough.

What I Could Never Give my Father

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 08.17.2012 | Women
Maggie Lamond Simone

There is only film where my father should be.

Becoming Our Parents, or 'Nice to Meet You! I'm My Mother!'

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 06.20.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

"I can't quite reconcile that I'm now the mom saying the things I used to hate to hear as a child."

Parents, Kids and OCD

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 06.04.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

"You'd think they would know it's not a disease," my daughter said as we watched Emma's parents on Glee discuss her OCD. "Jeesh. I'm a kid and I know that."

Resolving to Be a Great -- Well, Better -- Mother

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 02.29.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

The fact that I'm a parent does not obviate my need to reassess, re-evaluate and continue to craft my goals and resolutions, and while I can't say with 100 percent certainty, I am pretty sure they involve more than getting dressed.

Merry Birthday! Is Your Birthday During the Holidays?

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.28.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Let's face it; where your birthday falls can be directly proportional to how much attention you get, and things like that are darn important. They affect self-esteem. They affect sibling relations. And, of course, they affect presents.

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.16.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Traditional romance can get watered down once there are kids in the picture. With light-sleeping children, the vision of years of potential therapy bills surrounds us every time my husband and I try to remember how we made them in the first place.

Some Traditions Should Be Changed

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education
Maggie Lamond Simone

Bullying, some would argue, is also a tradition. It's been happening for generations, and is often even passed down within families. The weapons change through the years, but the victims tend to remain constant, kids who are different.

October Is WHAT Month?!

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 12.02.2011 | Comedy
Maggie Lamond Simone

We're lifting the lid on "Toilet Repair Month." I know, I know, I'm sort of down in the dumps about it too; just when you think you could overflow with excitement about summer, there it goes, swirling away. May it rust -- er, rest -- in peace.

Menopause: Not Just For Moms Anymore!

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.27.2011 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

I'm not too young for menopause -- my children are too young for it. Or, rather, for me to be in it. I just finished telling them how a woman's body makes babies, and now I have to tell them how it stops.

What Happens When You Assume

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.16.2011 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

I assume I know my children pretty well. I know their likes, dislikes, fears and dreams. I used to know these things, anyway. Now, I'm not so sure.

Why Mommy Doesn't Drink

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.11.2011 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

He came home from school a few days later, put down his backpack, and said, "Hi, Mom! Um . . . you were drunk, weren't you?"

When Should Kids Get Cell Phones?

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.08.2011 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Someone told me once that your child needs a cell phone when you need your child to have a cell phone. That makes sense to me.

Musically, The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

I couldn't help wondering what the heck my daughter is listening to these days and why it is even allowed on the radio. Things have changed so much since I was a kid, it seems.

6 Going on 16

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

I'd heard of the phenomenon, six-years-old going on 16, but assumed my parenting skills were such that I'd be exempt. She couldn't be more excited about school and I couldn't be more afraid.

Vacation Planning for Mommies

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

The purpose of a vacation, they say, is to make us feel better. It is an opportunity to escape from real life for awhile, to pamper ourselves, to do things we ordinarily don't do.

Tweeting for Teenagers: Practicing Safe Text

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

The problem with tweeting, it would seem, even if one is able to keep the tweets on the level of the mundane, is a lack of editor. A lack of filter. It's like unprotected sex.

Could A Dirty House Equal Healthy Kids?

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

I do not clean. I do not cook. My house may be a mess, but scientists discovered that a certain amount of dirt and dust may actually be helpful in building kids' immune systems.

In Defense of Wrinkles

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

Men's wrinkled faces are "craggy" and "rugged." Women's are "lined" and "worn." Men get theirs through a lifetime of adventures, while ours come from being old and tired.

Does Hurting My Child Make Me A Bad Mother?

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

I'm not a perfect mom, but I always thought I was a good one. Then one day I broke my daughter's leg.