I’ve Gotta New Vagitude!

It wasn’t until I had my third child that I realized how truly important it is to have the right “birth plan.” As I prepared for the birth of our first child, I was adorably enthusiastic and undoubtedly obnoxious to all who encountered me as I set about learning-no memorizing- the myriad of tips and [...]

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Forgive Me Others, For I Have Sinned

Forgive me others for I have sinned. Perhaps you wonder why I am choosing to confess my sins to you. After all, you’re not my priest, my mother, my teacher, my hairdresser, or even an overpaid and only vaguely qualified “life coach.” You might be my friend, but if that’s the case these “confessions” are [...]

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I’m A Mother, Not A Hugger

I love hearing questions from other parents especially when something resonates with my own experience. It’s always a huge relief to discover that a secret fear or struggle is shared by others. The fact that I haven’t always been a hugger will surprise a lot of people because I have become a bit of a [...]

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Hot Seat

I am sharing this supersized mortification at the request of two delightful, intelligent and far classier-than-I lunch companions, Mrs. C.L. and Mrs. W.M. May I suggest you consider this a cautionary tale (or tail!) because it can definitely happen to you. As parents we are accustomed to the small, medium, and large humiliations that occur [...]

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First Up, Throw Up!

I am so excited to be answering viewer questions! You’ll find some answers here on my blog and a lot more in the O Mom section of Oprah.com. Do you need to vent? Maybe you have a mommyrant or an evil (genius!) parenting tip you’d like to share if only to find out you are [...]

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Happy Mother’s Day! Please send help!

Help! I am being held hostage…in my bed. No, this is not one of my recurring dreams, this is actually happening, on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately my captor is not Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman or Seth MacFarlane. But my keeper does have some serious tattoos, lots of them. This morning I woke up at 6am to [...]

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You May Want To Bring A Blog

The nice people at Harpo Studios may well have saved my life when they invited me to blog here at Oprah.com. Without their wise intervention it is quite possible that my husband would have killed me. While it’s true that he has never spoken the words “I will kill you if you don’t start a [...]

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No Poop For You!

I lost my new media virginity less than two months ago. I went from only having an email account to having a live website, a blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts and a whole new vocabulary in less time than it usually takes me to commit to a new pair of shoes. My scramble to create [...]

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Does This Poop Make Me Look Fat?

There was a day a few months ago when I dared to make my harshest critic mad. I don’t even remember exactly what I said or did, but I do recall that my parenting sin sucked my husband into the vortex of drama and resulted in one very angry ten year old boy, known as [...]

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The Mother Of All Garage Sales

My little girl has a penis. I closed my eyes and looked into the future thinking of all the awkward conversations I was going to have. There would be confused looks, followed immediately by fake smiles and squeaks of consolation. Crap. Medical science has come a very long way and yet there I lay bulbous [...]

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