• Mental health days
    Parenting

    Mental Health Days as a Mom

    You may have seen an uptick in news articles discussing the principle behind taking “mental health days” off from work and your rights at your place of employment to use a vacation or sick day if you’re not physically sick (such as this article or this one or this one). But what about taking mental health days as a mother? There is no “Paid Time Off” when you’re a mom. In fact, there’s no pay at all and I’m not sure who came up with that shit system. Am I the only one that feels that I should receive some sort of stipend from the government in exchange for raising…

  • Green bean casserole
    Life,  Marriage

    Green Bean Casserole Almost Ruined My Marriage

    Well, not really. But y’all. Some folks take their green bean casserole making seriously. Including my husband. After the family dysfunction that I wrote about last week, we ended up being invited over to the home of a family friend to spend Thanksgiving with them. I was mainly excited to partake in an amazing Thanksgiving spread without having to deal with hosting one myself or family drama. We still wanted to contribute though so we offered to bring green bean casserole as one of our sides. Disclaimer: I am not a fan of green bean casserole. How a dish made up of canned green beans, cream of mushroom, and fried…

  • Dysfunctional family during the holidays
    Life

    Dysfunctional Family During the Holidays

    This week, I’ve had a lot of things on my mind. For one thing, I’m failing miserably at convincing my son that the potty should be used for peeing in and not stuffing whole rolls of toilet paper inside. I’m also currently exercising my penchant for strongly worded letter campaigns against my home warranty company for refusing to cover some plumbing repairs. Oh, and then there is the toxic, irritating, dysfunctional familial mess that I was involuntarily brought into which has exploded into something that may tear my family-of-origin apart. Heavy, right?   I know how much it sucks dealing with family drama, especially around the holidays. It’s an exhausting…

  • Parenting

    Five Stages of Grief: Money After Kids

    Managing your finances following the birth of your children can be a bitch. Most people probably aren’t surprised to learn that there tends to be an inverse correlation between the amount of children you have and the disposable income you have left at the end of the month. But did you know that many parents also go through the five stages of grief following the loss of their cash coinciding with the birth of their money pits children? Denial Surely this can’t be right. I sit in shock as I anxiously and repeatedly refresh the website page, thinking that maybe the numbers will suddenly change. Someone must have stolen my credit…

  • Working Parents
    Career and Home,  Parenting

    Letter to the Working Parents

    Dear Working Parents, I’d ask you how you were doing but I already know. Tired. Busy. Grumpy. Surviving on leftover Halloween candy and cocaine caffeine. The usual. I’m with you. Over the past couple of weeks at work, I’ve: prepared and presented a training seminar, start preparing for another training seminar I will be facilitating next week, traveled out of town to attend a court ordered mediation on a litigated insurance claim I’m handling, attended two additional mediations virtually, and had days packed with back-to-back meetings and teleconferences. Then there’s what happened at outside of the 9-to-5 which included filing insurance and home warranty claims for a plumbing leak in…