Category Archives: General Parenting

Being Literal

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Usually a locked door means, “you’re not getting in”, but not at my house. Here it means, “knock obnoxiously and say ‘mommy’ repeatedly until mommy can’t stand it”. And if unsuccessful, wail loudly. It’s almost impossible for a couple with kids to sneak away for a "nap" without locking the door. Unlocked, it’s bound to […]

You Can’t Take It With You

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Photo: Jaimie D. Travis “Can I take this to school today?” Nathan has a purple beach bucket loaded with a flashlight, a Sponge Bob wallet, stuffed with fake money and old credit cards, three rocks and some crackers. This is how it started. First it was crying at school. Now he wants to take everything […]

My Super *Bleep* Sixteen

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I am watching MTV’s "My Super Sweet Sixteen", as a girl sneers and gripes her way through a rack of dresses. She can’t decide which would make her look less sneery and gripey, so she informs her mother, "I’m taking all of them." The seemingly lobotomized mother near-silently agrees, offering up her credit card like […]

Kid Sense

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Raising kids would be a lot easier if adults weren’t involved. Sure, kids whine, beg, tend to be messy and basically act their age most of the time. But so many grown-ups, with enough years spent on this planet to know better, are more confused and annoying than the children. There are the moms who […]

Dating the Preschool Parents

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Photo: Stephanie Phillips I wanted my son Nathan to have friends. Whom he likes, I must like. Nathan would do anything to have Michael play with him. His version of trying to play with Michael is to stand next to me and hold my leg. But I know how desperate he is. If it’s Michael’s […]

Mommy Material? Not Me!

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Photo: Sharon Dominick Animated movies frighten me. Amusement parks nauseate me. Zoos bore me. These facts alone were enough to convince me that I should never have kids. But there was more. I couldn’t draw. I couldn’t sing. I couldn’t catch a ball without wincing. Candy, I liked. Halloween, not so much. Presents? Delightful. Party […]

Blood Trolls

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In our upstairs family room/loft, the band is tuning up. Justin picks out riffs on his guitar, twanging them over and over. Next, Ryan kicks in––thwunk-thwunking and snarling out a litany of complaints on bass, soon joined by Blake’s crashing of cymbals. Before long, Drew has launched into song, although I use the term loosely, […]