Like Madeline’s youngest daughter in Big Little Lies, our threenager, Tillie, is the unofficial family DJ. On our recent getaway she honed her skills and played a mix of “mommy,” “daddy,” and “kid music” during our car ride. We drove through the winding and narrowing mountain roads, climbing further away from the hustle and bustle … Continue reading Our Getaway in a Dead Zone
There's No Place Like Home...for Sex Education: A Guidebook for Parents By Mary Gossart 141pp. Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. $9.99 Are you dreading having “the talk” with your kids? If you’re wondering when’s the right time, and how you’re going to talk about sex education, then you’re not alone. A lot of parents … Continue reading Sex Education Needs to Start in the Home
For weeks my husband has been working at his new job in New York. Back home in Texas, the kids and I waited for the relocation company to start the process so that we could make our big move to New York. But, as it turns out, we were waiting for an imminent hurricane too, … Continue reading Welcome to New York
My curves are an outward symbol of my inner-stress. Contrary to how the Dove ads would like me to feel—I’m not in love with them, and I certainly don’t want to show them off this summer. I know that in this enlightened, feminist-rising era, curves are symbolic of powerful women who aren’t ashamed of their … Continue reading This Is Why I’m Not Showing Off My Body This Summer
My 7-year-old daughter is already discussing gay marriage rights on her bus ride to school. She’s surrounded by elementary-school-aged kids telling her that men shouldn’t marry men and women shouldn’t marry women. She told them that if two people love each other why shouldn’t they marry? When my daughter first said that this was the … Continue reading Kids Are Talking About LGBTQ Rights—And It’s Powerful
On Sunday, I mustered the energy to drive almost an hour out of suburban boredom to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. We were quickly growing weary of the long, hot days, and it was time to inject some culture and structured activities into our carefree summer. There was a special interactive exhibit that I … Continue reading Musings After a Day at the Museum
Please take a moment to read my latest piece featured on The Mighty. It's about motherhood and drinking. I'd be honored if you shared it with your friends, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.
My love of writing first started with my blog Molly’s Journey—documenting the emotional process of finding my biological father. The overwhelming encouragement and support I received inspired me to write professionally. Today you can listen to my guest spot on Inside Voice where I share my story.
There's so much (almost too much) information on the Internet. Here's a collection of the best articles to educate and guide you during pregnancy:
As we head back into the school year there’s a sense of new beginnings and achievable aspirations. It’s easy to be swept away by high pressure, busy communities and enroll our children in any and every after-school activity. However, there’s a fine line between enriching extracurricular activities and distracting obligations.