Topic: being a mom

What My Daughter’s Diagnosis Has Taught Me About Autism

What My Daughterâs Diagnosis Has Taught Me About Autism

Well, Mommyish friends, it’s time for me to eat a little humble pie. Six months ago, I vented some spleen about people making snap diagnoses of my daughter for being introverted. At the time, I was frustrated that we’d done basic screenings multiple times, always getting the response that there didn’t seem to be an issue.

But at the beginning of December, we got a diagnosis, and yes, Alicia is on the autism spectrum. More »

Scary Mommy: My Son Prefers His Father Over Me

Scary Mommy: My Son Prefers His Father Over Me

As soon as he was old enough to show a preference, my little angel wanted his Daddy. I told myself I was glad they were bonding, that it was just a phase, and that Daddy was just a novelty because he wasn’t home all day like I was. For a while these excuses eased my jealousy. He still loved me even if he preferred to be held by my husband. More »

How ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Made Me A Better Mother

How 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Made Me A Better Mother

When our daughter was 11 I realized the TV shows we’d usually watched after she went to bed were ones she’d probably enjoy, her tastes and interests so similar to ours, the final realization of the clone we’d set out to create years before when we were young and clueless about children. We’d gotten lucky and we liked and laughed at a lot of the same things so instead of packing her away for the night we began allowing her stay up to watch TV with us. More »