On Overmedication for ADHD


I have a button that’s really easy to push. Go ahead and say that kids are overmedicated these days and if parents would only (insert quick fix here), their kids would be just fine. Are there kids who don’t need to be medicated who are? Sure, I’ll buy it. Though I guess I assume those […]

Do Overs, Butterflies, and Rabbit Holes


I’m a firm believer in the butterfly effect. That one choice made years ago can be the reason we have the life we have now, that sent us down the path we currently walk. That it doesn’t even have to be some big, monumental moment we can point to and say THAT, that’s it, that’s […]

Lost and Found


I used to roll my eyes at those people, years ago. The ones who said their pet was a member of their family and who would get all weepy over the thought of something happening to their pet. I wasn’t heartless… I liked dogs and cats and all manner of pets (except maybe snakes or […]

Be Careful

pour your heart out

I’d left my house in plenty of time to get to my appointment. Though I hadn’t counted on driving behind someone going 15 miles under the speed limit down the back road I take to avoid the traffic in town. I tapped my nails on my steering wheel and looked around that car, trying to […]

Those Slow Days


Time flies by. We all say it, we all hear it, we all feel it. This time of year is especially bittersweet as the kids head off to a new school year. I know I looked back at first day of preschool pictures, wondering how those tiny little peanuts are now suddenly first, third, and […]

Why I’ll Always Be a Beach Girl


I take a deep breath and breathe in the smells of the sea. I close my eyes and listen to the waves crashing. It’s peaceful. The ocean calms me, centers me. Puts life in perspective. When I was a teenager, I always wanted to escape to the beach. Not to party or flirt with boys. […]

What Doesn’t Fit

At the end of every summer, I sort through my boys’ closets, weeding out what they won’t wear during the upcoming school year. Some things they’ve outgrown and those get passed down to one of their brothers or to another family. Others are not even good enough to be used for rags and get tossed […]

The Last Year


I feel like a walking stereotype right now. That lady who says to a child, “I can’t believe how big you are, you were just this big.” But yet, I feel like I was just attending my oldest’s kindergarten orientation, with the stacks of paperwork and the parents asking the teacher questions like “Will my […]

How Did We Get Here Already?

There he went, off in a plane. I'm happy to say that by the time you're reading this, he's most likely back home.

That feeling that my boys don’t really need me: I don’t like it. This past week has been an interesting experiment since my oldest was away visiting relatives. His first unaccompanied flight, first time away from me for so long. And though I really haven’t ever doubted our decision to get him a phone a […]

Be Respectful, But…

Those angel wings don't quite fit. And that's okay.

Follow the rules. Listen. Be polite. Yes, ma’am and no, sir.  And occasionally a sharp MANNERS! as if I’m Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. These are the things I tell my boys, the things I remind them of because I want them to be respectful young men. And yet… Sometimes, they don’t have to […]