Parenting is challenging. Not finding the solution to world peace challenging, but more like…it’s actually near impossible to explain unless you’ve experienced it. I read a quote that said, "Having a baby is like losing your leg and winning the lottery.” I immediately understood. more
In the poem Harlem, Langston Hughes speculated about what happens to a dream deferred. Hint: It’s not pretty. I imagine the same concept applies to New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten, delayed or swept to the side.
I had grand plans for 2015.
I recently started reading Mom & Me & Mom, one of the last books written by the late, great Maya Angelou. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a preteen. So much so that I named my daughter after her. more
Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family. more
My daughter Maya will be turning the big o-n-e next month and the pressure is mounting to plan her birthday party. I’m finding myself getting caught up in the details because I want the day to go perfectly. But let's be honest for a second, first birthday parties are really for the adults! more
I have spent pretty much every moment of my daughter’s life with her since she made her debut a little over 10 months ago. Outside of the few afternoons and evenings with her dad and grandma, we’ve been joined at the hip. After almost a year of trying to be supermom, something has become crystal clear. It’s not her, it’s me—but we need to have some time apart. I need to find a babysitter. more
Another day, another thing you’re not doing right as a parent. In this week’s news, you’re probably giving your kid too many baths. I came across this blog entry on the Washington Post that proclaims a bath everyday is too much. more
A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I had a friend over who brought her teenage daughter and one of her classmates. The girls sat on the couch, headphones on and eyes glued to their smart phones. They weren’t talking to us or each other. When asked what their favorite subject was in school, one replied, “None of them."
I’m not going to get on my high horse and write an essay about how technology is ruining our kids and how things were so much better “back in my day." But I would be lying if I said I didn’t find the encounter troubling. My experience with these teens may have been an extreme example, but the way kids today interact with each other and the world is…different. more
I knew this day would come. It wasn't a matter of if, but when. It was my first time getting sick as mom. Really sick. A sinus infection with a side of bronchitis, to be exact. To make matters worse, the baby girl was sick too. A high fever, congestion, runny nose, the whole nine yards. And the cherry on top, her dad was out of town on a business trip. more
Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear it. “Are you having more kids? Maya needs a brother or sister!” I don’t have a problem with getting that question. I have siblings and my daughter has older step-siblings. However, I did begin to wonder why many people believe children need siblings. more