• Toddler disclipine
    Parenting

    Parenting Methods in a Judgment Free Zone

    Terrible Twos. Threenagers. F*cked Up Fours. It’s all fun and games until you’re going through it with your own children. I’m an adult with three decades of life experience, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Conflict Management. Yet I consistently lose arguments to a barely literate 2-year-old with a love of the word “no” and a healthy set of lungs. So discipline is something that my husband and I have had to try to figure out and get on the same page more now that our son has discovered the joys of pissing us off. The problem is that there’s no real firm, helpful guidebook on raising children.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Life

    Thinking About Having A Baby?

    Alternative title: Before Thinking About Having A Baby, Think About Your Vagina. I can’t be the only one here with a severe case of baby fever. No? Still nothing? Yeah, I thought so. Josh and I have had several discussions regarding if/when to have the next child. It seems as if every conversation we have directly or indirectly relates to the topic of another kid. Some examples: James closing in on having outgrown his stroller: Do we invest in another single one now or go ahead and opt for a double? Open enrollment for our health insurance plans at work: do we try to all get on one family plan?…