Back to School (Part 4): Get a Grip

A general low-lying buzz of anxiety plagues me this time of year, so I asked therapist Katharine Barnhill to share some words of wisdom.

Back to School (Part 3): Save Your Dollars

The back-to-school season can be EX-PEN-SIVE, so I offer my favorite tips on how to get ready for school without breaking the bank.

Back to School (Part 2): Plan It Out

A little planning and organization can make a world of difference during this hectic back-to-school season.

Back to School (Part 1): Start With the Basics

Six tips for de-stressing the basics of eating, sleeping, and catching your breath during back-to-school time.

Back to School Survival Guide

Heading back to school is stressful—for kids AND their parents. But if you work to avoid five common pitfalls, your life will go a lot more smoothly during this stressful time.

Nature’s Way Preschool

For the past three years, Nature's Way Preschool at the Austin Nature and Science Center has been a huge part of our lives. But now my kids (sniff) are all big (sniff) and it's time to say good-bye.

A Rare Visit From the Wise Mommy

Parenting is a difficult job because we are supposed to mold our children (to be polite, to be considerate, to not pee on the wall). But at the same time, we are supposed to let them develop into their own unique selves. These two contradictory ideas leave me confused a good chunk of the time.

New School Year, Why Are You Trying to Kill Me?

Last month it seemed as though our entire house were hitched to the back of an old John Deere, being jostled along a rutted-out gravel road, hay and sticky kids poking out the sides, with everyone thinking the ride was great fun until we got off and realized that our backs were sore from the… Continue reading New School Year, Why Are You Trying to Kill Me?

Rewriting the Questions

This article, published in Hip Mama, tells the story of the day my oldest child asked me the BIG question, and what I realized in my attempt to answer it.

A Sac, A Baby, A Spark

I am officially late. My for-the-record position is that I don't want any more kids. With my youngest recently out of the toddler stage, I am still relishing my hard-earned bits of freedom. A month ago, I triumphantly declared I had changed my last poopy diaper. My three kids can all buckle their own seat… Continue reading A Sac, A Baby, A Spark

Back to School Worrying and Other Acts of Frenzy

'Tis is the season of MUCH ACTIVITY, second only in craziness to the nightmare known as December. School has started, a milestone of which I'm sure you're aware, even if you don't have kids. (My husband dubbed last Monday "Housewives of America Day" on Facebook.) In addition to all the Back to School Shopping, there… Continue reading Back to School Worrying and Other Acts of Frenzy

My Son, the Vegetarian Who Hates Vegetables

Tonight at bedtime, my youngest son, who is three, looked up at me with big saucer eyes over his Chick fil-A Kids Meal book and said, "Why us eat chickens?" "Why do we eat chickens?" I repeated, stalling for time. This was going to be difficult. The truth is, I have been struggling with this… Continue reading My Son, the Vegetarian Who Hates Vegetables

A Tea Par-TEE Makes Me Cra-ZEE

I'm working on about five different posts at the moment, but I can't seem to get a single one to completion. My brain is definitely elsewhere, and I'll tell you where it's gone: to Crazy Tea Party Land. This weekend, we (I) will be hosting a birthday party for my daughter, who is turning five,… Continue reading A Tea Par-TEE Makes Me Cra-ZEE

Each of These, My Three Babies

A while ago an old friend from college, who was then pregnant with her third child, asked me if I had any words of advice on the subject of going from two kids to three. I thought about it for a bit, and then I told her that with my first child, his first birthday… Continue reading Each of These, My Three Babies

Ode to Ovulation

The monthly call to fertility is exhilarating, but in our house, we've come to eye it with suspicion. My husband was kind enough to print out this article from the New York Times for me yesterday. The author, John Tierney, discusses one of my favorite topics, the invisible powers possessed by ovulating women, and highlights… Continue reading Ode to Ovulation