News Flash: Women Are More Than Just Body Types and Sex Positions

After seven years of blogging about maternal mental health, I suppose it shouldn't surprise me that I ended up on a media list. Some public relations...What are the top health concerns of women? Will waistline be in the top five? Bust size? Skin tone? Waxed upper lips? NO!

Do You Ever Regret Leaving Your Children? Mid-Air Storm Makes This Mom Rethink Travel

There's a sudden storm over the Atlanta airport, so our plane is patiently circling. The pilot says it shouldn't be more than an extra 15 or 20...There's a terror that builds up inside me when I think about leaving my children prematurely, no matter the reason.

Learning to Let Your Children Grow Up - Eye Rolls and All

I was just getting the hang of this how to parent young children thing, and now my son has decided to grow up. I think it's a plot to take me off my...What happened to my sweet little boy who always does what I say?

Why Summer Break Scares Me

Summer break has begun. Some moms are thrilled about this. They can't wait to go on adventures and hang out all day long for weeks at a time with...Planning 10 weeks of activities for the kids has this mom freaked out before summer has even begun.

It's Time to Start a 'No Mean Girls' Coalition

When I was in high school, I definitely was not considered one of the "cool" girls. Apparently, if your senior year resume includes show choir and the...Is it really an inevitable part of our nature to gather in cliques and be spiteful to each other?

Botox for 8-Year-Old Reminds Us of Beauty Messages Moms Send Their Daughters

My beloved grandmother Mary was a model in her youth, even doing a stint as the Lucky Strikes girl, appearing on the back cover of Life magazines in...Who brings up the idea of giving her 8-year-old Botox? I realize -- or at least, I hope -- this isn't a common occurrence.

A Compendium of Mother Warning Phrases

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I'd take a look at one of the most important and oft-used tools in any mom's arsenal: the warning phrase. Don't...What's your mom warning style? Don't make me ask you again!

Why I Quit Using the Word 'Retarded'

I'm a child of the '80s. We had our own lexicon back then. Words we used the way people now use "holla" and "unfriend." One of the words was...If using the "R-word" hurts, why use it?

Does Parenting Make Being Healthy - and Thin - Too Hard?

They say nothing really changes when you turn 40. It's true. It's 41 that's the kicker. I turned 41 last December and have since experienced all...Are you happy in the skin you are in?

How I Barely Survived When My Hard Drive Died

Hard drives can die, apparently. Mine did this week, without any warning. It's not like it had been suffering a cough for a while, or experiencing...When my hard drive died, I cried. I ran scans. I called my mom.

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