Who’s More Mature – Me or the 3-Year-Old? by Melissa Swedoski


My first born, the love and light of my life, the reason for so many tears and so much laughter, is turning 3 next week. We're going to have a little family party this weekend, and she's going to get to enjoy the bounce house she's been asking for since ...

Passion Comes in Little Things by Melissa Swedoski


  [caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="226"] (source)[/caption] Whenever I hear someone speak of passion, I'm not going to lie - I think about romance novels. You can laugh, but haven't we sort of been trained to think of passion in a romantic, even sexual, sense? You've seen the book covers or the DVD ...

Mommy’s Little Instruction Manual by Conlee Ricketts


Kids don’t come with instructions but parents should. All adults should really. I’ve know myself for 48 years now and I have explained myself to my daughter more than once in order to make sure she doesn’t take any of my ridiculous nonsense too seriously. Here’s my list of repeat offenders ...

Willie’s Home by Conlee Ricketts


This is an essay I wrote a few years ago. As I muddle through holidays, a sick child, bad attitudes, laughter, and chaos, I needed to post this to remind myself and others how it's the little things we do that teach our children about poverty, mental illness, and compassion ...

5th Grade Science by Conlee Ricketts


My daughter had to participate in an “Egg Drop” again for science class this year. Last year she had to create something to keep her egg safe from a two story drop. She had to work on her own, at home, and using any supplies she wanted. This year, at ...

Small Talk by Conlee Ricketts


I confess: I am socially awkward. Small talk physically hurts me. Barbeques, potlucks, staff meetings, work parties, birthday parties, it all hurts. It's a weird kind of physical pain that obviously starts in my head the minute I know I will be expected to attend any of these events. Next ...

My Halloween Growing Pains by Conlee Ricketts


In thirty days the energy in our house is going to be ALL Halloween! It’s my daughter’s favorite holiday. She spends weeks pondering what she will “be”. In fact our house is usually decorated by mid September. Not this year. I am wondering what’s going on?? When she was younger she ...

Peace of Mind from Good Weather Days by Melissa Swedoski


It's a funny thing about the weather. It can make you feel upbeat and cheerful when the sun is shining just right and the wind is gently blowing, and it's not too hot, not too cold. It can make you feel miserable inside and out when it's cold, wet, gray ...

5 Things You Probably Know About Parenthood by Melissa Swedoski


Some days, it doesn't pay to be a mother. Okay, it never pays to be a mother unless you've figured out the magical way to get paid for changing diapers, soothing crying babies, living through sleep deprivation for years, and so much more. If you have figured this out, please ...

Age Ain’t a Number, It’s Just a Perspective by Melissa Swedoski


When I agreed to marry a man 13 years my junior, I wasn't thinking too clearly. That is to say, I was so giddy with excitement, that I didn't take my usual pros/cons approach and fashion a list of why this is a good/bad idea. Yes, I was that really ...