I’m not home eating bonbons

I’m not home eating bonbons

I wasn’t always a stay-at-home mom. I had a great career once, but after juggling both jobs – mother and professional — I was fortunate to be able to choose one as my full-time occupation. I expected the cut in our family income, the occasional drudgery of the less glamorous aspects of that decision (like … Continue reading

I almost forgot

I almost forgot

I almost forgot. Today is like every other morning. Almost. I make a cup of coffee. Wake my kids. Pack the lunches. I turn on the TV and suddenly I know the date. Today is 9/11. Now that familiar pit in my stomach is back. Not the same as the gut-wrenching horror I felt that … Continue reading

Rock on Miley

Rock on Miley

I’m a mom of two boys, ages 10 and 14. In our house, we watch a lot of Cartoon Network, SciFi and Comedy Central, so we missed the MTV VMAs and the much-talked-about Miley Cyrus performance. It was hard to ignore the public outrage and my curiosity got the best of me, so I searched … Continue reading

Playground lessons for parents

Playground lessons for parents

My youngest son is finishing fourth grade. Next year, he’ll go to the big, bad middle school across town and I’ll say goodbye to my role as an elementary school mom. For my parent friends with many more years of elementary school ahead of them, here are a few lessons I learned on the playground: … Continue reading

A year of milestones, and cicadas

A year of milestones, and cicadas

Here in my New Jersey town, the cicadas are hatching. Every 17 years, thousands of these strange-looking, googly-eyed insect creatures dig themselves out of the ground and transform into even stranger looking winged bugs that find their way to the tops of trees to mate, reproduce and die. They make a strange noise magnified to … Continue reading

In awe of Mom

In awe of Mom

This Mother’s Day, I am in awe… I am in awe of my Mom Mary who taught me that before I can love others, I need to be able to take care of myself, to be an independent thinker, to be able to make the hard calls on my own, if needed. My Mom learned … Continue reading

Spring clean those trophies

Spring clean those trophies

Spring is almost here and I’ve got that bug to clean up and clean out in my house. As I look around my sons’ rooms, I can’t help but notice the plethora of trophies and ribbons both have cluttering their shelves, closets, drawers and bookcases. I’m not bragging. I’m just making an observation. Of course … Continue reading

He still looks for Mom in the bleachers

He still looks for Mom in the bleachers

Last weekend, I took my son to a three-day swim competition. Because of the distance, we stayed in a hotel. He’s been swimming competitively since he was eight, so we’ve done this type of trip many times before. But this time is different. Now he is taller than me. He has five armpit hairs, and … Continue reading