Roller Coaster Rides

leaf pile

I stood in the middle of my kids’ room, unsure of what was happening. There were Legos everywhere and a broken microphone on the floor. My older son stood, clenching his fists and stomping his feet while his face turned a deeper and deeper shade of red. My 4-year old son sat on the floor, […]

Life Jacket Required

flippers

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re watching a family and you can’t help but think, “What is the world are they thinking? Why would you do something like that?” Your reaction isn’t because they did something silly or absorb but because you truly questioned the judgement of the responsible party. And […]

Like Mother, Like Son

reading bedtime stories

  He padded into the bedroom, freshly bathed and dressed in his favorite pajamas. Fishy pajamas, slightly droopy in the bottom and snug around his belly. He walked over to the bookshelf and sorted through the latest batch of library books to choose his bedtime story. Except he choose a book about oceans and sea […]

The Haircut

The haircut

  When I was a baby, my hair stood straight up, kind of like when you touch those static electricity balls at science museums. When I was a toddler, I had a bowl cut – the better to accentuate my chubby baby cheeks. When I was about 7 years old, I had a perm. I […]

6 signs that Mommy needs a time-out

I child-proofed my house

I can usually spot it a mile away. The slightly crazed look. The ping-ponging emotions – super duper happy and giggly to whiney whiney whiney. The swirling ball of energy building up inside their little bodies threatening to erupt and cause a lava flow of emotions and tantrums. As a parent, you become acutely aware […]

Dear Body

Dear Body

I’ve hated you. I’ve hated you so much over the years. Never good enough, thin enough, fast enough or strong enough. Stomach that was too round. Arms too flabby. Calves that were too thick. Shoulders too broad. Hips too wide.   I would punish you and run you into the ground. Hours at the gym […]

Not Fair

California Academy of Sciences

“Mommy, why does he get more than me? “It’s not fair. He gets an extra turn.” “Everyone else is going to get to be a helper more than me because I’m not in school this week. Not fair.” “Not fair! He got more Valentine’s Day cards than me!” “Why do they always get to go first? […]

Am I a hypocrite?

tracks in the sand nosara

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I think that I’m a hypocrite. Here on this blog, I talk about treasuring the small things in life, trying to be mindful, trying to be grateful, trying to live my life with intention. But the thing is, I don’t always do that. Actually, I haven’t done any […]