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A popular tabloid runs a feature each week called “What’s in My Bag?” where a celebrity supposedly pours out her “tote” (that’s what celebs carry – totes) and highlights her favorite things from a mix of perfectly curated and organized items.  They’ve always got things like a chic lip gloss, a trendy moisturizer, yummy whole grain treats and pedicure socks, etc. And every week I feel pretty bad about myself, because the inside of my bag looks nothing like that....

You may be sporting a few car seats in your ride now, but not long ago you were chillin’ to Tribe on your parents couch and jumping around at your senior prom. And sometimes you hear a word or a name and you’re triggered. You blurt out a lyric and drop some knowledge. So how do you know if you’re a little bit gangsta? 1. Everyone you meet named Doug gets nicknamed Doug E. Fresh. 2. When someone says they’re from Englewood, you ask if they’re up to no good. 3. If someone...

I hate being “that mom” – the one whose kid destroys other people’s peaceful day with his tantrums or exuberance. So I’ll dutifully grab an arm and bark a threat when I feel like my kid is out of line. But sometimes I won’t. Sometimes you just aren’t entitled to peace and quiet. Because there are times when you’re in my safe space, and you’re assuming the risk of my kid being really damn annoying.  So here’s 7 times us moms shouldn’t have to apologize for...

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed on a recent morning, mindlessly taking in photos of people out to dinner and friends wishing friends a happy birthday, when I came upon a post that made me stop. A parent was griping about something, but it was something I never imagined anyone could really gripe about.  Here’s what she said: “I can NOT stand the term ‘playdate’. Can’t kids just come over and play? Can’t you just say ‘let’s get the kids together?’ What’s...

Most moms frantically prepare to welcome their first born, spending several months in a haze of fear and excitement, trying to do everything right. But if you could go back to that time, and bring your years of experience to meet face to face with your “about to be a mom” self, what advice would you give? I’d tell myself to kick back in that brand-spankin’-new glider and listen up… those first few years will teach you a lot. And here’s 20 things you’re about to learn: You...

                                                                                8 Thoughts I Have During Dinner Time with my Kids  I know I’m lucky I can put food on the table for my children every night.  But sometimes when I’m feeding my children, I don’t feel lucky. Instead, I sometimes feel like getting up, discreetly grabbing my car keys and gunning it to a secret location where no one...

Winter is finally bearing down, and pretty soon a lot of moms will wake up to a cruel reality: a cancelled school day, a foot of snow outside and a house full of kids who expect to be entertained and fed all day.  And you know those little stinkers will want to play in the snow.  So if you have to play outside, you might as well know how to build a good sturdy snowman with your kids.  Here’s my guide to how to build a snowman with your children in 30 simple steps: Tell everyone...

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Sometimes I feel like all my kids do is fight. And I think that’s because all my kids do is fight. I know they love each other and it’s not malicious, but if I don’t hear someone screaming “No” or “that’s mine” or “he’s gonna hit me” in over 3 minutes, I have to run and check that the roof didn’t cave in. Even if I try to keep the peace, these fights are largely unavoidable since they’re often absolutely ridiculous. For example, recent fights have included:...

I recently read an interview with a police officer who urged parents not to teach kids to fear the police by telling them they’ll go to jail if they’re bad. “We want kids to run to us when they’re scared, not run from us because they’re scared,” he said.  And I totally agree – in theory.  But the truth is, when I’m out with my kids and they’re misbehaving and a policeman walks in, I’m like “Score!”  I open my mouth, cough out a big ol’ “uh-oh”...

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