Always Real, Sometimes Tart

The Truth About Late-In-Life Motherhood

I recently got a request from a well known publication to write a short piece on older motherhood.  I have responded to enough of these kinds of requests in the past to know they aren’t really looking for illumination. They are looking for inflammation. They are looking to stir up women who have (for whatever reason) delayed motherhood against those who have not, which creates drama, which creates traffic. But not illumination. So I decided I would just skip all that and lay out the truth about older motherhood as I see it, right here.  It…

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Always Real, Parenting Gone Awry

Chore Charts, Eggs and Other Opportunities

The other day I was out of eggs, which as a person who adheres to a Paleo diet, is a crisis. So I said to Sean, “Hop on your bike and run to the store and get me some eggs.” “Yeah, right,” he said dryly.  And then we both slapped our knees and laughed heartily. It was funny because the thought that I would send him the half mile to the store and across a busy 4-lane road on his bike was ridiculous. It wasn’t ridiculous because he’s not capable, because he is — he is…

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Always Real, Parenting Gone Awry, School

From The Little Gym To The Big College

Today Sean and I are heading to a local community college so that he can take a math test which, if he passes, will allow him to do more challenging math type stuff this coming school year, which if my calculations are correct, is 4th grade.  (GULP!) The reason Sean is taking a math test at a college campus instead of an elementary school, where 4th grade is generally located, is because through a red-tape snafu accounting error — or his mom wasn’t on top of the calendar — we missed the deadline for the spring…

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