I am struggling to let you grow up. I am struggling to get you go. But I'm also so proud of the boy you are growing up to be.

Dear 6-year old son,

Something is happening, between you and me. The winds are changing. I can feel it—this inevitable, this impending thing called growing up that you appear committed to. I see it in your face at night, when I check on you while you are asleep. You look so much older all of a sudden. And your long legs take up so much more of your bed now. You’ve taken to talking back here and there. I think I saw an eye-roll the other day in response to a lecture from me.

You’ve been a bit down-trodden lately. You are missing your daddy who has been out of town for work. Another kid picked on you the other day and it upset you. You sat in tears at the dinner table telling me how your feelings were hurt, and I didn’t know what to say. So last night, after you and your siblings went to bed, I decided I’d surprise you. After I brought your sister and brother to preschool today, I arrived at your school to have a special lunch next to you in the cafeteria. I know there are only a few years where moms are allowed (by their kids) to sit on those benches, amidst rows of lunch trays full of Continue Reading

In a sea of parenting books, this is THE ONE for a new mom in the trenches with babies and toddlers who desperately needs a laugh and a lifeline.The market is saturated with parenting books—we all know that. So when a new book about the woes of motherhood debuts, you might wonder if it will offer a different perspective. We’ve all written about potty-training a million times. We talk about our wine glasses getting a little bit fuller all the time. I know, because I do it too.

I offered to read and review Melissa Mowry’s One Mother to Another: This is Just Between Us for a few reasons. I have been a fan and follower of Melissa’s blog One Mother to Another for a while, and I love her voice. So as a fellow writer (and mother) I wanted to support her. I also was genuinely interested in what angle she took—how she would differentiate her work from every other motherhood book on the shelf. And finally, I like when people give me free stuff. Especially stuff I really want. So I offered to review her book if she would send me a copy. Which she did. (There’s my disclaimer!)

So here’s the truth. This is why Melissa’s book is a success and how it is different from other books on the shelves in the Continue Reading

The day after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to receive the official presidential nomination from a major political party, the media showed a picture of her husband instead.Hillary Clinton is no wall-flower. Agree with her or not, she gets what she wants because she works tirelessly for it. She is truly relentless. And as of last night, she’s almost there.

In 2001, she became the first wife of a president to seek and win public office and the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. And last night, on July 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major political party for the presidency.

Ripples of pride were felt throughout our nation. “I’m with her” suddenly seems like a far bigger statement. “I’m with her” could soon mean “I’m with her, the first woman president.”

Before I went to bed last night, I checked on my little girl, sound asleep on her pink pillow, surrounded by stuffed puppies and turtles. In that moment, as I brushed the hair off of her face and pulled her blanket to her shoulders, I saw her future. I Continue Reading