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.
While walking through the Pride crowd, my 6-year-old son noticed a protester for the first time. This guy was on his own, shouting Bible verses. My son studied him seriously for a moment, then turned to me: "Mommy, why is he so angry?"
Being a good parent isn't about providing every experience in the world before your kids are off to college. Being a good parent is about recognizing your kids are kids... and letting them exercise those muscles, at much as possible.
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.
"People work the same amount of hours we were working before, but we're getting much more done," she says. "There aren't people there on the weekends. People have gotten a comfort level that face time is not what's necessary."
This memoir is the merging of two worlds: my 20-something gay life in New York City and my mom's empty nest back in a small Illinois town. People often ask if I'd describe this book as a coming-out memoir. The answer is no -- at least not in the traditional sense.
The moms and dads who are part of our Blogger Network are our first line of defense in the fight to protect children's environmental health. The amazing thing is that most of them are also business owners, community activists and professionals.
With new data revealing that both bullies and victims are at higher risk for suicide, our eyes are opening to the fact that we're faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. So what can we do to protect our children against the painful effects of bullying?
The winners of our 'Scary Playgrounds!' contest are committed to turning these decrepit playgrounds, pictured below, into vibrant community playspaces that encourage healthy, creative, unstructured outdoor play.
As everyone was getting settled into their separate conversations, I turned to Monica and asked about her kids, a daughter and a son. And that's when she told me her 18-year-old daughter was now her son, Dominic.