I've told my adult children that for their own good - for their own, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic good, they are not to call me. No contact I said, until I can find a way to finally wrangle this malady to the mat.
Kevin and I recently met up for a drink, and the subject of those torturous skits came up. What amazes us as adults is how the boys involved never even got a mild talking to, much less disciplined for their outrageously homophobic behavior.
Melissa Sweet's new children's book, Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, uses brilliant illustrations to help tell the story of character balloon inventor Tony Sarg, the man behind the iconic Thanksgiving parade.
I am a fan of technology for my children, and I love their iTouches and that they can FaceTime with grandparents in England, discover new music, do educational games, and yes, even entertain themselves sometimes. But KIKing. Kiking is killing me.
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.
If the biological parent is the "real" parent then what is the term for the parent who raised the child? The parent-in-practice? Parent-in-life? Bed-sheet-changer? At some point, it seems like 18 years of lunch-packing should earn a parent the title of "real," no?
I stopped being the woman who whines about her childhood, but now that I understand at the core of my being the sort of attachment you feel for your own baby, I am incredulous all over again at all the slights I had put behind me.
It's not Disney's job to teach my child that there is more to life than marrying a prince, despite how aggressively all major media outlets promoted that notion during the Royal Wedding. It's my job to be aware of what she is watching.
"Taking a long view" is difficult for young people who, by their very nature, live in the here and now. Teaching kids to think about the future is a critical factor in helping them move past the torturous moments of the present.
When we're lonely, it's natural to think about reaching back into the past to resurrect relationships with old school chums -- but be cautious. You may realize that you have even less in common with these friends -- except for your shared history.
It is because I have vowed not to be the best, and began employing numerous parenting short-cuts (my two year old will often arrive at preschool still in her pajamas) that I am able to be the fun, loving, patient, and honest mother I am.