Topic: family

What Your Birth Order Says About You

What Your Birth Order Says About You

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that the order in which you were born in your family shapes your personality. I can attest to that because I am the annoying oldest child to a T. I’m responsible, I’m scheduled, I’m organized, I can be obsessive, and I often boss my brother and sister around and drive them crazy. More »

If I Give You All The Reasons I’m Not Having More Kids, Will You Stop Asking?

If I Give You All The Reasons Iâm Not Having More Kids, Will You Stop Asking?

I love my pediatrician. She is a smart French lady with an air of classy kindness, and once, before I had insurance, she let me pay her in hugs. Well, she billed me later, but she handled my embarrassed tears with kindness at the time. I love her so much that even though I moved out of the city years ago, I still make the hellish drive to see her twice a year. Still, she does this thing that annoys the crap out of me where at the end of each visit, she asks me in desperate Franglish when I’ll be giving my daughter a sibling, because kids need siblings. More »

TGI Thanksgiving Open Thread: Let’s Be Thankful And/Or Talk About How Crazy Our Families Are Driving Us

TGI Thanksgiving Open Thread: Let's Be Thankful And/Or Talk About How Crazy Our Families Are Driving Us

It’s Thanksgiving so maybe most of you will be away from your computers – happily enjoying time with your family. If that’s the case I am super glad for you and hope you are having a fantastic day. But maybe others of you are going bat-shit crazy dealing with your relatives. I thought I’d create a little safe space to vent. More »

They Twerk And 9 Other Reasons Why I Love Grandmas More Than Anyone

They Twerk And 9 Other Reasons Why I Love Grandmas More Than Anyone

I wish my own grandmother were around so she could spend time with my kids and get to know them and tell them all the stories she used to tell me when I was growing up. I think kids need grandmas, and they need to be around people who love them like only grandmothers can, totally unconditionally. Plus, the older I get the more I realize how much youth is totally overrated. Young people are boring. They are nowhere near as interesting or as cool as old people. Especially old ladies. So why do grandmothers rock so hard? More »

Let’s Talk About All The Crap I’m Going To Let My Kids Eat Today During The Superbowl

Let's Talk About All The Crap I'm Going To Let My Kids Eat Today During The Superbowl

Are you ready for some football? If by football you mean am I ready to eat a mess of junk food and watch some amazingly expensive television commercials and BEYONCE then yes, yes I am! And my kids are ready too, because my daughter woke me at six a.m. this morning asking if it was time to eat the king’s cake I purchased for breakfast, and I think she mainly wants it because this bread is bedecked in mardi gras beads and  fake gold coins. I love Super Bowl Sunday you guys. My refrigerator is filled with beer and we have takeaway pulled barbecue pork to pick up and I will be making something involving cheese and salsa and tortilla chips. Plus, cupcakes. Plus, that super gross and by gross I mean amazingly good onion dip and salty potato chips. More »

Michele Bachmann’s Anti-Gay Vitriol Is Understandably Breaking Her Gay Little Step-Sister’s Heart

Michele Bachmann's Anti-Gay Vitriol Is Understandably Breaking Her Gay Little Step-Sister's Heart

While my personal Bachmann-coping mechanism is to always chalk her up to harmless crazy, I can understand why this tactic might be a little more challenging for Bachmann’s own family. I, after all, never have to bump into her at family reunions, nod my head at her at Thanksgiving, or even pretend to like her Christmas presents. But one woman does: her lesbian step-sister. More »