Top Dog

We went ahead and told our 4-year-old that the dog was going to die. Scooter had some sort of event – a heart attack, stroke, organ failure, something catastrophic – on a Monday morning and we knew he wouldn’t recover. Jack tried to rationalize it with us. “Trust me, Scooter has just learned how to…

Answering the tough questions

On a recent Sunday morning, I was driving home from walking with a friend when I called my husband. I wanted to see if he and the kids wanted to get ready to go out for a stroll around the neighborhood when I got there. I had just heard on the radio that it was…

Blooming Weeds

Ellie was on her stomach in the middle of the kitchen floor, and I had stepped over her a hundred times. Our small, galley kitchen is a favorite play place for all of the kids, and the obstacle course they create with their bodies while I am cooking supper is nothing new. Her knees were…

Do more, be more?

My husband has been on me for a while to do less. He says it will allow me to be more.

Bridge Park

Standing at just over 6 feet, I am as tall as I want to be. You won’t catch me on a ladder. I don’t like standing in a chair to change a light bulb. I have been known to get dizzy when swinging too high at the playground. Sometimes even just standing at the top of the three small steps on my front porch looking down at someone on the sidewalk, I get a little panicked.

Karaoke Club

Brush your teeth. Brush your teeth. Every morning, every night; brush your teeth to keep them whiiiite. The kids got a small, portable karaoke machine from Santa this year at Christmas. It came preloaded with about twenty songs, and all day long those songs are played — in their entirety or as a remix —…

The Dirtiest Car in the World

Yesterday Ellie was acting weird at school, so I picked her up early and decided to keep her home today to watch her. At school, her teacher said she kept falling asleep throughout the morning and didn’t want to participate in anything. Typically a Mrs. Kravitz, this was a sign that she likely wasn’t feeling…

Implied Happiness

I read a quote online the other day from a woman who was giving parenting advice: Always smile when talking to your children so that they remember you that way. My husband put our daughter, Ellie, in the shower last night to get her clean. Every other time she takes a shower, we have to…

Let’s Go Play

We were at the library when my husband Ben asked me out on our first date. I was leaving from a meeting in one of the conference rooms when I ran into him looking at the used books for sale. I walked over to say hello, and he wrote my phone number down on the…

Back to School

Ready or not, here we are. Back to School. It’s the time of year I have been dreading since spring. Do you know what is easy right now? Nothing. There are no easy decisions, no easy solutions; even things like procuring groceries are hard right now. Everywhere I turn, another opinion on what I should…