Category: sanity

Parenting Sins We All Commit

photo by april (rottnapples) via flickr

There’s pressure to be a perfect parent. We have to pack the perfect bento box, plan the perfect fundraiser, pin perfect boards full of links about sensory play and birthday parties. `Dirt and doubt are not allowed; A’s are expected,…

The Babysitters Club is Dead

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Childhood nostalgia is in. And back then, we all wished we could be as awesome as Kristi, Mary Ann (and especially) Claudia, and Stacey, the 1980s fab four who started the eponymously-named Babysitters Club. Three times a week, they –…

I Would Fire the Babysitters Club

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90s nostalgia is in. 1980s nostalgia never really left. Clickbait likes to remind us of these things every time we open Facebook: Ten Toys From Your MisBegotten Childhood! Thirty Theme Songs Best Forgotten and Now Doomed to Earworm Status! Twenty-Five…

Motherhood is in the Dead Things

So cute, yet so allergic.

From a distance, it looked like an fluffy gray pipe cleaner. Or maybe a big wet feather, fibers spiked into points, the leavings of some overly big bird. My five-year-old waved it at me. “Mama, what’s this?” he yelled from…

Mundane Mama Problems

Photo by Kim MyoungSung,

I stared at the pile of dirt I’d swept off my living room floor. My dirt piles are always way too big and way too varied to be respectable: we’re not talking about some stray mud, a decaying leaf, and…

Girl Things I Buy (For My Boys)

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I bought my toddler an awesome cardigan today: a perfect hipster button-down he’ll wear with skinny jeans and Doc Martins. Of course, I didn’t buy it in the boys’ department. This sweater was definitely made to go over some pink…