Anything Can Be: Pour Your Heart Out

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It seems no matter what choices you make, whether they are about your kids, your marriage, your job, something you are doing for you, there’s always, always, always someone out there who tells you should be doing something different. That it’s not the choice they would make and they list their reasons. That you should [...]

What I’ll Do with Myself: Pour Your Heart Out

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My youngest is starting kindergarten this fall. It will be the first year when all of my kids will be in school full day, 5 days a week. Go ahead. Say it.  Ask me what I’m going to do with myself, with all this free time, ask if I’ll be bored, if it’s time for [...]

We Don’t Have a Right to Know

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Robin Williams’ name has been all over social media since his death on Monday. He was such a beloved actor: everyone seems to have their favorite Robin Williams movie. To find out that he committed suicide is tragic and heartbreaking. Many friends are sharing stories of loved ones they’ve lost or about their own struggles, [...]

Rethinking Innocent Kisses

No smooches, please.

“Mom, I do not want to go back to camp tomorrow. All the girls kiss me and I do NOT like it!” We giggle at something like that, right? I know I choked back a laugh when one of my boys said this to me earlier this summer. Isn’t it cute that all the girls [...]

I’m Not Ready

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Because he was just born, you see. My first baby, the one who hated sleep and turned me into a zombie mom but was so sweet, he also made me fall madly in love with him. I’m not ready for him to stop being a little boy. Yet, he’s nine. Nine and a half… more [...]

Do Your “It”

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There will be people who tell you you can’t do it. Who say that it’s too hard, that you aren’t equipped, that others do it better than you, that it’s not worth your time. The worst are those who call themselves friends and, out of concern, pat you on the head and tell you that [...]

This Is Our Autism: Pour Your Heart Out

the middle boy

Our autism is a huge collection of Angry Birds stuffed animals, carried around and slept with, even though they’re too numerous to be carried in one trip. It’s eyes that flicker to mine, but don’t linger. It’s lots and lots of peanut butter sandwiches. Sometimes it’s stares and questioning glances. Our autism is two brothers [...]

Saying No: Pour Your Heart Out

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I have a hard time saying no. I want to be able to help someone out, I really do. I like to help. But there comes a point when I should be saying no. When I really don’t have time to do what is being asked. When I’m being taken advantage of. When the person [...]

Better Than a New College Grad: Pour Your Heart Out

College Senior Pic and This Year

Five years ago… no, wait, 10 years… no, somehow it’s been 15 years since I graduated from college. And the day after graduation, I wrote this in my journal: 5/19/1999 If  had college to do all over again: I’d be less afraid. I’d be more involved. I’d study less. I wouldn’t procrastinate. I’d realize that [...]

Meds Aren’t Given Out Like Candy

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Maybe your second cousin’s neighbor’s grandson went to the doctor and was given medication for ADHD after a five minute office visit. And you scoff that medication is given out like candy. That there’s no thought put into it and ADHD is overdiagnosed when really, that kid just needs to learn to calm down. And [...]