Entries by not your average mom

Mom, what’s an orgy?

Let me begin by saying that my husband is a wonderful father. I was selling girl scout cookies with Number 4 a few weeks ago and one of the other moms there asked where the rest of my kids were. “They’re home with their dad.” “He’s alone with them?” “Uh, yeah?….” So I guess I take the […]

Grammy took my fruit snacks away

Three of our seven kids (Numbers 4,5, and 7) are girls. I have felt very strongly with all of the kids, but the girls especially, that it’s important for them to feel comfortable with their bodies. Comfortable talking about their bodies. To own their bodies. So from birth, I have taught them and encouraged them […]

The Underwear Drawer

I believe in some roundabout way, Number 4 meant this as a compliment: “Mom, you run a lot.  You could win those contests. But you should still lose a little more pounds.” If she only knew what I looked like just eight years ago. Eight years ago, I was the single, impeccably-dressed, thin, and hot 4th […]

starter child…

starter marriage noun  informal a short-lived first marriage between young adults, viewed as a form of preparation for a subsequent, more lasting one with different partners. You’ve heard this term, right?  These days, many of us have had one.  (I did — it lasted about 17 minutes). Well, now that we are 6 months into […]