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How my misguided mom became my hero

Abusive mother turns into hero

I had a pretty contentious relationship with my mother growing up. She was a child of the 60s and found her identity in the feminist movement… to a fault. She never missed a chance to take a jab at men for suppressing women and ravaging the world in testosterone-filled wars. She’d even told me at a […]

I raised a MONSTER!

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I have two daughters eight years apart. My oldest recently graduated college and is, unfortunately, back home living with me and my youngest again. HELP!!! She’s driving us crazy!! I’ll admit that Lisa has always been a little temperamental and emotional (takes after her &%$#! father), but we were always able to resolve the conflicts […]

Holiday Sanity Savers: 3 Great Ideas to Implement When Your Kids Are Pulling on your Apron Strings

kid-cooking can be your sanity saver

Here it is, holiday season. To many, the thoughts of the happy family gathering ’round the perfectly set dinner table, perfectly coiffed kids, and relatives patiently awaiting the well-timed (and perfectly browned) turkey is a far-fetched vision of a hoped-for realty. For the rest of us–well, likely all of us, and definitely those of us […]

Visitation: One of the Biggest Single Parent Stressors

How to be a better mom

The water cooler conversations took a new theme this week and we ended up chatting about single parent stressors. As single parents, there were many situational considerations; as parents, we shared a lot of common concerns. We whittled our gripes and groans to what we call the 7 Single Parent Stressors, with much inspirational humor […]