My teenager’s bad habits are getting better. Sort of.

Mass shootings and cowardly deputy sheriffs at public schools. An uptick in violence in Syria resulting in hundreds of innocent dead people. Sexual predators in every corner office in corporate America. If you’ve read the news in the last few weeks, you’ve probably considered going on an anti-depressant. Or getting drunk. Forever. Me? Well, I … More My teenager’s bad habits are getting better. Sort of.

Help! My daughter has scary time-management skills!

I have a love/hate relationship with time management. On one hand, good time management skills make me productive and efficient. On the other hand, managing my time wisely requires a schedule. And I hate schedules because they are inherently boring. Over the years, my rational side has consistently won this battle. As a result, I … More Help! My daughter has scary time-management skills!

When gambling against mom doesn’t pay off. (Anymore.)

Two words that are easy for me to say but hard to do: follow through. If parents got periodic report cards, I would have received an “F” in this area every time. Until yesterday morning. I’ve aspired to practice “following through” on my (admittedly idle) threats for years. When Margaret was a toddler, I blew … More When gambling against mom doesn’t pay off. (Anymore.)

The Mommy Melt-Down

Today, Margaret and I had a “Freaky Friday” moment. It started when I had a major meltdown. It was completely out of the blue – or at least it appeared that way. But it really wasn’t an isolated incident. It’s been building. It’s kind of like the guy at work who runs every morning and … More The Mommy Melt-Down