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Life in the Faster Lane

mother and daughter using makeup

My oldest daughter had to fight for everything: getting to see a PG-13 movie before she was thirteen, going to the mall alone with friends, getting a Facebook account. My youngest daughter gets to reap the benefits of the battles her sister fought.


The Last Birthday (Party)

moms empty wallet at girls birthday party
There is a plot against you moms to drain your wallets, make you resent your friends, and remind you on a regular basis that you are no longer as young as you once were. I'm talking, of course, about the children's birthday party industry.


Hypochondriac Kid ... or Lazy Mother?

daughter having temperature taken by mother

I have repeated the story of the boy who cried wolf so many times that I have become the mother who cried the boy who cried wolf.


Cute Is a Four-Letter Word

little sister jealous of bigger sister

At almost a foot shorter than her sibling, it is more than just a metaphor to say that my youngest has grown up in her sister's shadow.


Mommy, the Potty Mouth

Mom yelling infront of kids

True Confession: I swear in front of my kids.


My Daughter the Slob

teen in messy room with annoyed mom

For the most part, I am pretty proud of my teenager's departures from the mommy mold. But there is one area in which we are so different that I'm about to tear my hair out.


Reading My Kids' Minds

woman reading book

Frustrated in my attempts to get my girls to open up, I have found a pretty good intermediary: books. That is why I have undertaken the tactic of reading what my children read.


I Don't Want To Be a Role Model

woman wondering

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one mother that I might consider a worthy role model for my children: Mother Teresa. And even then, I would suggest they question her fashion sense.