Single Momhood

Welcome to the Booster Cult … er, Club

This column comes from my book "Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom." If you are the parent of a child between seventh and twelfth grades who has chosen — due to an excessive amount of school spirit, the desire to wear cute uniforms to attract the opposite sex, or an attraction… Continue reading Welcome to the Booster Cult … er, Club

Single Momhood

Oh, the indignities of parenthood

(A little something I wrote when Baby Girl turned 16. From "Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom") July 2009 -- The tiny injustices of parenthood are too many to count — wearing formula stains to work, refereeing tantrums in Walmart, fielding the you’re-to-stupid-to-breathe-my-air eye rolls and having to eat the gummed, lint-covered vanilla… Continue reading Oh, the indignities of parenthood

Column, Single Momhood

7 mom things you won’t find in parenting books

Can you ever forgive yourself for the time your child flipped backward from a shopping cart and landed on her head on the concrete floor? Eventually. But you never forget. Making mistakes is part of being a mom but for some reason we find it hard to forgive ourselves. Perhaps it's all that advice from… Continue reading 7 mom things you won’t find in parenting books

Single Momhood

To Baby Girl, age 6, on the first night you slept over with a friend

Written in 1999 ... I just hung up the phone from telling you good night – it doesn’t sound the same across a wire – and I’m lying her thinking of you. Your words were hurried and slurred from excitement and exhaustion as you described your afternoon at the pool, your dinner of hot dogs… Continue reading To Baby Girl, age 6, on the first night you slept over with a friend