parenting

Seasonal Affective Disorder (Toddler-Style)

I feel pretty confident that most of you have at least heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  (Just in case, the Mayo Clinic defines it as follows:  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.)  I don’t personally suffer from SAD (unless you count my burning rage for temperatures over(…)

Taking Children to the ER: Part II

Yep, my friends, we had to go to the ER again… Sunday evening, Gabbie decided to descend the stairs carrying a fairly enormous stuffed polar bear, and somehow or other she and the seconds-before-named “Gina” fell.  Jon and I did not, in fact, see this happen, we just heard that sickening “boom, boom, boomboomboom” that(…)

Mom Confessions: Am I Holding My Kid Back?

Sometimes, I feel like the world’s least supportive mom.  No, really.  It’s time for another of my Mom Confessions. Okay, so here’s the deal:  Yesterday, Maddie and I are walking home from school, and she’s all excited because there’s going to be an all-school talent show, and she’s going to try out and play the(…)

Momentous Moment (or Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth)

Part of me (a really, really large part of me) can’t even believe that I’m about to write this post.  But… Normally, I hate “Spring Forward!”  I mean, Spring Forward?  Barf.  Even the name is awful.  The actual day itself wasn’t that bad until we had kids.  Pre-kids, I could basically live in denial of(…)