Just call me Mrs. Zoolander.


I’ve been trying really hard to teach the kids that the most important thing about a person is his or her character. That kindness and respect and compassion and responsibility and perseverance and hard work are much more important than your physical appearance. You know, that what really matters isn’t what’s on the outside, but […]

From Mine to Yours


Today I am thankful. I am thankful for my oven. I’ve had it for five years, and I just realized this morning that it has a “probe” attachment that I can shove into my turkey. That’s so cool. I am thankful for the health of my family. For my awesome parents. For my kids, who help […]

I never thought I’d be thankful for this. But I am.


Fifteen years ago when I was single and teaching 4th grade and living on my own, I blew pretty much all of my salary on clothing. I had a seriously kick-ass wardrobe. Every outfit I owned came from J Crew and Gap and Banana Republic. I can safely say that I was the best dressed teacher […]

Dear Exasperated Mom


Dear Exasperated Mom, I know how you feel. You are tired. Tired of the monotony. Tired of your own version of Groundhog Day. Tired of the seat belts and the sippy cups and the diapers and the marker on the wall and the tantrums and the Caillou and the food on the floor, and now that […]

A good reminder. Especially during the holidays.


I had one of those mornings where Number 6 was kind of high maintenance. He’s usually pretty good about occupying himself for a little bit if I need to get something done. Not today. Today he was causing trouble. He wouldn’t leave me alone, and especially with Thanksgiving approaching, I had a to-do list that […]