My Daughter Was A Child Actor

My daughter Morgan York was a child actor. I never thought I would have a kid in “the business” and it scared the crap out of me. Mostly because I thought she would be exposed to things she wasn’t emotionally ready for, but also because the last thing I wanted to be...

Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder? 6 Possible Signs

The following includes images and descriptions of someone suffering from an eating disorder. This story is told with the permission of Wendy York. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fabletics. All opinions are 100% mine. “Mommy, I think I might be...

Defending Divorce

“Stop LOOKING at me!” They were all staring. Expectantly. Every. Last. One of them. My heart was pounding and trying to escape through my head and the only thing I could hear was a high pitched frequency. My dad had his hand on my elbow, encouraging me to take another...

I Love Women ~ What the National and International Women’s Marches Mean to Me

  My whole life, I have looked to women for inspiration for everything I do. I love women. As a child, when I needed comfort, I turned to my sister, my mom or my best friend. As a young woman, it was my sister, my mother, my girlfriends or my female college professors...

We Need to Stop Calling Millennials Assholes

Millennials are more educated, more racially diverse, less judgmental, more accepting of their peers and more consumed by debt than any generation in our nation’s history.   I often find myself laughing at "sarcastic," "sardonic" or "scary" mommies, and while I am a...

How Walking Improved My Daily Life

Originally published on Thrive Global on December 30, 2016.  My boss is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Before she left for Tanzania, I asked her how she was going to do it. We are almost the same age and she is in amazing shape, but from what I know (and I am her...

22 Ways My Imperfect Mother is Perfect

"Look at your beautiful mom. She brightens everybody's day with that smile." I was 9 and Kathy was 8 and we were sitting in what passed for the backseat of our blue MG convertible. We watched through the big glass window at 7-eleven as our mother chatted and laughed...

Ted Cruz: Spanking Comes Down To Who We Are

  Note to my readers: Just over an hour after posting this article, Senator Ted Cruz announced his withdrawal from the Presidential Race. Cruz could handle the slings and arrows from Trump, but apparently my middle cinnamon roll blog was the straw that broke the...

Pill Bugs And Other Gifts From Our Children

  I came home from school in the fourth grade and presented my mother with a self-portrait clay figurine, complete with my favorite blue dress and long blonde hair.  It fit in the palm of her hand. My sister gave her a shiny and expressive black and white tuxedo cat....

DMV or Enema? Enema, Please!

My stomach is already in knots. Thomas and I are headed to the Arleta DMV for his 8:00 AM driving test. I choke up as he quietly lists his “rules of the road” while merging onto the 170 freeway. He is sixteen and already the best (unlicensed) driver I’ve ever ridden...

I WAS A LOS ANGELES METRO VIRGIN

I have two cars and four people on my insurance policy, three of which are under the age of 25 and, God help me, one of those is a 16-year-old boy. Yeah. My insurance premium is a million dollars a month. (Note to preschool-applying, college-funding parents of...

9/11 And How it Changed Me

If we are old enough, we remember that horrible moment in September, 2001. The moment we heard. That morning was no different from any other morning. But then, in an instant, it was. And it changed everything. How did we make sense of it for our children? How do we...

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