Mommy Blog

Sep 19, 2023

My son’s friends moved into a safe space.

He asked whether his friends could move into our house for an extended period. My initial response was, 'Absolutely not! No.'

Sep 12, 2023

A Parrothead looks at parenthood

“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane…” 

Sep 5, 2023

Life changed when I learned to ask for help

As I sit here reminiscing about the journey I've taken as a single parent who's now an empty nester, it is vividly clear that learning to ask for help was a struggle

Aug 29, 2023

How would I grade myself on ‘summer’?

The beginning of summer is like a second New Year’s for me. Every year, I vow that I’m going to take advantage of the break and get organized and NOT leave everything until the last minute. 

Aug 22, 2023

Navigating self-care as the sole provider

As the overstated saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.” 

Aug 15, 2023

Backing away from helicopter parenting

"My mom needs a boyfriend or a new hobby!" I heard The Boy shout at the top of his lungs when my sister and niece visited us a few weeks ago

Aug 8, 2023

A new dad and the summer of “Firsts”

Summer breaks are a sacred rite for teachers. They provoke feelings similar to the ones I got as a kid on the last day of school, but more significant -- a rush of excitement, joy, triumph, and relief.   

Aug 8, 2023

Keeping the lines of communication open

While I am undoubtedly proud of their growth and excited for their adventures, I am also learning how to communicate with them in this new phase of our lives.   

Aug 1, 2023

We took three little kids to a foreign country. Do we regret it?

Two of our kids had ear infections and were on antibiotic drops which, it turns out, are difficult to administer in an airport when the child has to lie on his side for five minutes without moving. 

Aug 1, 2023

When your do-it-all kids want to do more

As the calendar turns to August, I'm seeing Facebook posts and emails about registering my kids for music lessons and gymnastics classes and other activities

Jul 25, 2023

Summer fun in Central PA: Bitsy’s Top 3 

Central Pennsylvania offers a ton of family-friendly activities and attractions, providing an insane amount of opportunities for summer fun

Jul 25, 2023

Steady steps toward our college goals 

My son, The Boy, and I began the summer with lofty goals. Some of our plans have been successful, and others disappeared from our schedules as we established a new routine.