Maybe Baby

Damn Diabetes, Indeed.  Around Thanksgiving last year, we got a call I convinced myself would never come. Because my hubby is a Type 1 Diabetic, we put our kids in a study called Trial Net. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which basically means your immune system attacks you instead of viruses or bacteria.…

On Truth & Beauty

A couple weeks ago I asked my kids how they would describe me to someone else. I must be a glutton for punishment. Boy Q said, “I would say that you’re…so, SO OLD! Like really old!” Then he dissolved into laughter. Girl Q sensed that she needed to say the opposite: “I would say that…

When The Rain Comes

I’m honestly surprised we don’t discuss suicide and depression more often, if only because it touches us all. Since Robin Williams committed suicide a month ago, I’ve thought about it quite a lot. It has to be coincidental that many of his movies touch on suicide, but it’s hard to not to make connections to his…

The Myth of the Spoiled Child or, How To Make Every Parent Insecure

“Complaints that kids today are lazy, entitled, and self-centered tend to be accompanied by a pile of prescriptions for how to improve them: Impose clear expectations and firm limits, then hold children “accountable” (in other words, punish them if they disobey); push them toward self-sufficiency; insist that self-worth and positive comments from others must be…