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The Peculiar Curse of Mentally Ill Motherhood

January 24, 2014


This week I asked the question: Why do we need to dispel the myth of the good mother? Today, we have an excerpt from the book The Good Mother Myth that touches on the subject of motherhood and mental illness.  By Shannon Drury Am I a bad mother? I ask myself. I ask my therapist, […]

Why Do We Still Need To Shatter ‘The Good Mother’ Myth?

January 21, 2014


Perhaps it’s fitting that the two worst mothers on television currently–Corrine Dollanganger and her mother Olivia Foxworth of Lifetime’s rendition of Flowers In The Attic (reference #1) coincide with the launch of a new book on mothers. The book, unlike Flowers in the Attic (Flowers in the Attic reference#2), isn’t a little shop of horrors, […]

What I Remembered:

November 17, 2013


  My senior year in high school, I moved out of my house. I moved in with a friend whose mother had taken to bed, when her husband of two decades left her for his buxom secretary. She had been in bed for six years when I moved in. My friend had run wild since […]

My Daughter Outed Me As A Sexist

October 24, 2013


One of the best things and worst things about parenting is how freaking humbling it is. Take for example, my dismay when I realized I, the feminist blogger, am a raging sexist when it comes to parenting my children: The kitchen light turned into a single bright bulb and my beautiful daughter, an angry interrogator. She […]

Biggest Mistake of Her Life? Having Kids

April 15, 2013


Isabella Duton’s children are the biggest mistake of her life. But before you dismiss her as a wretch, consider what your reaction would be to a father who wrote the same article. I know that I judge her differently than I would a father. I can’t believe she and I are members of the same […]

NPR’s Princess: Same Shitty Messaging (new fav verb, thanks GOP)

November 27, 2012


    NPR’s Weekend Edition interviewed a working princess; she pretties up birthday parties and birthday party clowns? Well, they mess ‘em up with balloon dogs and crying kids. FYI, the princess party industry has been recession proof, if you’re unemployed with access to your old prom dresses, it’s something to consider. I have little […]

Teenager Island

November 16, 2012


On Teenager Island, rituals of bed and bath and books are no longer. All that remains of Unicorn-Lollipop-Toddler- Island, are ghosts of your children in the curls of a four-year old girl, or in the hand of a boy, hidden inside his father’s palm. When parenting on Teenager Island there are a few essential items: […]

Mental Status Exam: Please, Spell World Backwards

October 23, 2012


I’m going to share my come to Jesus work moment, wherein, Jesus is home and work was hell. After Hayley wrote about returning to work, I recalled my geriatric social worker gig, work re-entry, mid-divorce transition, from SAHM to professional, dressed up impostor. Three years ago I was working in a hospital as a geriatric […]

The Very Grouchy Apple Picker

September 10, 2012


Last Sunday, my sister, my thirteen-year old nephew, my fifteen-year old Sadie-girl, and my forty-something-something self, went apple picking. But a man wearing an apron stopped us before we could wander into the sweet humid orchards. Apron-man’s message? We would have to take a hayride and hand over fifteen dollars cash before any picking. No […]

Stay-At-Home Moms, The Real Domestic Slave?

May 29, 2012


  (Image: Goin Art) Last week a Gallup analysis of 60,000 women reported that stay-at-home moms had significantly more worry, more depression, more sadness and more stress than working moms. While numbers can barely point an emotional picture of anyone’s life–isn’t it that one day we’re feeling happier than other days?–the challenges of motherhood, whether […]