Day after day, I see fluffy inspirational quotes and images of what motherhood and family life are supposed to be. The images and quotes typically have an airy and serene feel to them, with their pastel colors and bleached smiles. The quotes wax poetic about how being a parent is the single most important part of…Read More
I feel like my babies hear me say “I’m getting up at 6am to work on the yard and get things done around here” and they begin to plot on me: “No, mom should sleep in and get some rest.” “I got it! Let’s keep her up all night long so when 6am comes she’s…Read More
Letter to My Future Self
Dear Me, Hey girl, hey! Today I thought I should write you a letter. It’s for later. Much later. It’s for when you really need me.Read More
Perkins Family Circus
I am a mother to an incredibly busy toddler. When I had my first child over ten years ago, she was so well-behaved that I thought I was a great parent and other children were only monsters because their parents suck. Now I have Avery…Read More
Killing Santa Claus
Welcome to another holiday season. The Christmas trees are up at the mall. Beautifully tacky lights are up everywhere. We’re all spending too much money and stressed out. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year! But this time there’s something a bit troubling lurking beneath my festive mirth. Is this the year Santa Claus…Read More
My Mother’s Day Meltdown
This year was my worst Mother’s Day yet. While many people were getting breakfast in bed or snuggling up to their children or, my personal favorite, taking the day off from the business of motherhood and the kids, my day was significantly different. First, I made the mistake of not realizing that I had booked…Read More
Parenting: New and… Improved?
I oftentimes find myself comparing my parenting to that of the generations before me. I tend to assume they got it right and that my generation is the one struggling with this whole raising-a-person thing. I assume because my peers and I are alive and pretty much thriving that our parents did a good job. …Read More
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Approval!
“Your policy can kindly f*ck off.”Read More