Category Archive for 'Raising Kids'

I’m coming up for air after sending all of the kids off to school today. We’ve just finished round two of our battle with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease and are waiting with bated breath for the third child to go down. (In related news, coxsackievirus, you can suck it.) As often happens when school […]

Taking To the Trees

I’ve mentioned a few times that I am reluctant to bid summer farewell. I love the heat, I love the freedom, I love the long days. But, as it does every year, fall arrives and when it does I am reminded that Atlanta is at her finest in autumn. We got a little taste of […]

I’ve waited a few weeks, or maybe months, to share the news that at long – very long – last, we have three children who consistently sleep through the night. Little A turned 3 in June and with her newfound “big kid” status she has developed quite a competitive nature. In sum, the girl likes to […]

Little A turned 3 recently, and a neighbor gave her a precious Melissa & Doug fairy princess coloring pad and some markers. She’s been obsessed. She comes in from her activities and immediately sets to coloring. She’ll stay there for an hour or so and invite the rest of us to come color with her. […]

I was talking to some moms at the playground a few weeks ago. We all have rising second grade girls and we were saying how much we dreaded the onslaught of “girl drama.” Having been involved in a disproportionate share of “girl drama” in middle and high school – ohmygod, high school – this is a […]

Someone on a mom’s internet group I’m in once said that the most challenging part of being a parent for her was no longer having control over how she spends her time and energy. While the day-to-day is filled with many micro-challenges, on the macro-level, I don’t think truer words have ever been spoken. Each […]

Remembering B

My friend C lost her dad yesterday morning. C was one of the first girls I met when I moved to the town where I grew up. I met her in kindergarten and we lived in the same neighborhood. We spent a lot of time at each other’s houses. We were friends all the way […]

Last night the second of the two nurses infected with Ebola in Dallas arrived at Emory University Hospital which is within a few blocks of my house. I send Amber Vinson healing thoughts and wish her caregivers strength and resilience, as I thank them all for their sacrifice and service. When we drove home from school […]

Have you noticed, I’m not blogging as much as I used to blog? In June, Little A stopped napping. Mind you, she’s still waking up at night more nights than not and she takes anywhere from an hour to ninety minutes to go down at night. And, she’s waking at 5:15 a.m. ready to start […]

This isn’t going to be one of those posts where I tell you to put down your cellphone because “they’re only little once.” I have three kids, and sometimes the first eight minutes on the playground represent the only chunk of the day that I have to return phone calls, emails and texts without someone screaming, […]