Author Archives: Elizabeth Thompson


Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth is a stay-at-home Mom (an oxymoron, really, since she is found in her minivan running errands more than she's at home) and enjoys writing about the trials and tribulations of raising 4 children, an rambunctious lab and killer dust bunnies. She has essays published with Nurturing Magazine, waxes poetic on her blog, This Full House, and newly launched family blog project, This Full House Kids, where the kids are given permission to "talk back." Liz enjoys writing about the stuff she likes, or hasn't managed to break, yet.

Motor CYCLE mama.

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“Damn thing’s leaking oil again!” I threw the wrench back into my tool box and squatted down closer to the engine for a better look. The wind began to pick up and the latest gust blew my short flowered skirt up over my hips. I jumped and quickly looked down both sides of our street. […]

Me and my Mother-tounge.

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I grew up speaking Hungarian with my parents and learned to read and write the language, thanks to my maternal grandmother who insisted that at least one of her 18 grandchildren learn the "mother-tongue".   Even more so today, as a Mom to four beautiful growing little minds, I appreciate the advantages of being afforded […]

Breathless in the saddle.

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You’ve seen this — haven’t you? MENtal illness. MENstrual cramps. MENtal breakdown. MENopause. GUYnecologist. HISterectomy. Ever notice how all women’s problems start with men?   Surly sentiments (typically about men) printed on t-shirts, bumper stickers and anything else quoting women, about being a woman, for a reason.   If only men knew half of what […]

Wanna-hocka-loogie?

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Ask me how old I am…go ahead…ask me! **smiling in gratitude and turning towards husband** "Um…what is it…this year?" No lie! I stopped counting a long time ago, but — I don’t mean to sound flippant – I really have to stop (and think) about “exactly” how old I am. Truth be told, I too […]

What’s a señor citizen?

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“How old do you hafta be to be a señor citizen?” The funny thing about having kids — well, besides the crack about having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain — is that they really do say the funniest things, sometimes. “It’s not señor…that’s mister, like in Spanish…it’s senior, […]

Sort of like the DIY Channel, but for Imperfect Parents.

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My addiction started about a month before the birth of my oldest daughter – heavy with child and achy with sciatica – I was obsessed with do-it-yourself-type television, especially anything that had to do with everything…baby. For me — nearly twelve years ago and before internet parenting community boards — it was television that closely […]

Flirtations in the meat aisle.

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It was bound to happen – sooner rather than later, I suppose – when I swear, on all things sacred in the parenting world, “That is never going to happen to me,” and it does leaving me to wonder once again, “WTF?” Have I actually turn into one of those mothers that I swore I […]

The year I fed my husband chicken.

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My twin brother and I grew up in an ethnic neighborhood; a tapestry of cultures intersecting east of Roosevelt Avenue and as far away from Main Street as one can get. It had its advantages. Everyone knew each other and – even though our families and traditions were as different as the color of our […]

‘Tis the season to be S.A.D.

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It starts somewhere around mid- September, when the weather starts to cool and mums begin to appear on the neighbors’ front stoop. Just about the same time when the playgrounds are packed with fresh pine mulch and are filled with drunken honeybees. It takes place soon after the first soccer game and before the first […]

What if… A Spoonful of Sugar Doesn’t Help!?!

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Growing up in an age of modern and advanced medical technology — together with a medicine cabinet crammed full of prescriptions — causes me to question when, in the name of all things therapeutic, are my children going to start feeling better?!? Winter isn’t even here yet, and we’ve gone through a bottle each of […]