Mom Motivation: Monkey See, Monkey Do

See her? She’s my girl. Well, my big girl, anyway. She’ll be three in November. It’s amazing how much she can do. She can use the potty all by herself. She can put wet laundry in the dryer. She can start the dishwasher — whether I want her to or not. The other day when […]

From Envy to Admiration: When She’s Got What You Want

image from Allposters This post was originally published November 5, 2008. She’s got a nicer house than you. She’s skinnier after having a baby than you were before you ever got pregnant. She’s better organized. She’s got a great job, and you’re “just” ________________. (fill in the blank.) And on and on and on. Chances […]

Q&A: Library Day, Boys, and Family Culture

With Amy’s permission, I’m sharing her recent email.Hello Fishmama!I was wondering if you could give me any advice for library day? My 6 year old daughter & I used to go to the library every week. She & I have both always loved books. Last August we adopted our son, M, from Ethiopia. He is […]

Time for MOM: Life Beyond the Laptop

Hey there! Didja miss me? In case you didn’t even notice I was gone, I took a few days off this week. I shut down the computer around 10 pm on Saturday and didn’t touch it again until Thursday morning. I wasn’t sure that I could hold myself back from the beauties of the world […]

FishMama Unplugged

Years ago before I started a writing business or a blog, or two, FishPapa and I would occasionally call for a media fast. That meant that we would give up our “computer time” for a few days or even a week. Shocking, isn’t it? We found that taking a break dispelled the “power” that the […]

Working Bad to Good

– The car died in the middle of an intersection. The driver behind us? Got out, helped FishPapa push the car to a parking lot, and drove him to an auto parts store down the street. I imagined that he was 50 kinds of axe murderers and that I’d be widowed and stranded on a […]

Can I Just Tell You….

that if you make this fondue and there’s any leftover. (There might not be.) But, if there is, it is really good cold the next day, eaten with a spoon. Oh yeah. Makes me want to do a happy dance. Just go hide in the pantry so you don’t have to share it. {Wink.}

The Best Laid Plans

My mom can testify to the fact that I’ve always been a planner. As soon as I could put pen to paper, I was writing down ideas for some big scheme. I suppose some might call me a dreamer. Not all my plans were anywhere in the realm of realistic. But, I like to dream […]