Worst Moms Moment: I Swear I am Not a Kidnapper

– Posted in: Guilt, Life is Dangerous, Misunderstandings, No Good Deed, Worrying, Worst Mom Moments
Kids chase a bubble at a park

When I read this Worst Moms Moment from Ginger at Spicey Mom, my heart dropped into my stomach. That's all I'm going to give you -- read for yourselves... ******** I am sure that every parent, from day one, imagines the worst case scenario of losing their child. Sickness, SIDS, accidents, kidnapping, you name it, [...]

If They Could Just Stay Little — How to Make a Memory

– Posted in: Elfie, Getting Older, Growing Up, Mouths of Babes, Parenting, Personal Insanity, Sappy Tammy, Worst Mom Moments
Little girl on beach. Caption: You'll always be my little

"I'm having that feeling again." My 9-year-old daughter has her arms wrapped around my waist. One cheek is pressed against my stomach. I've just spent the last hour reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to her and her brother, and now I'm trying to extricate myself from the area. She's gotten out of bed [...]

Worst Mom Moment: How to Ruin Your Kid’s Life

– Posted in: Cleaning, Complaining, Growing Up, Guest Blog, Mouths of Babes, Parenting, Punishments, The Kids are Killing Me, Worst Mom Moments
Worst Mom Ever Trophy logo

So I've been saving this for a rainy day, and boy oh boy is it a good one. I'm stuck in our tent trailer, in Oregon, in the pouring rain. Do not even get me started... Anyway, the great and powerful Kelly DeBie of DeBie Hive sent this, oh, in winter. But you guys know [...]

How I Let My Dog Fall Out of the Car

– Posted in: Accidents, Dogs, Injuries, Jasper, Personal Insanity, This Is Supposed to be Fun, Worst Mom Moments
Yellow dog with cut lip

So today, Jasper fell out of the car. Just to be clear, Jasper isn't our kid -- he's our one-year-old Lab/Finnish Lapphund. And we weren't going very fast. Fortunately, we were driving back from a walk in the woods on a small, paved service road. Jasper likes to stick his head out the window like [...]

Worst Mom Moment: Girl Scout Cookie Hell

– Posted in: Mouths of Babes, No Good Deed, Okay That's Funny, Poop, Potty Training, This Is Supposed to be Fun, Worst Mom Moments

My daughter isn't in Girl Scouts, and I'm not gonna lie -- it's because I'm scared. Over the years, I've heard tale of cookie selling hell, and I feel like my adrenal glands are already shot as is. The last thing I need is people being pissed at me for being a bad Cookie Mom [...]

“The Bath” — A Creative Writing Prompt with my Writerly Pals

– Posted in: Autism Recovery, Fiction, Newt's Story, Parenting, Personal Insanity, Stuff I Probably Shouldn't be Thinkin', Worst Mom Moments, Writing

I'm not sure how I got myself into this, but some "friends" (and I use that term loosely because, honestly, what kind of real friends would subject me to this kind of pain), have included me in a weekly fiction writing group. Seriously though, I'm honored and touched to be part of this. These are [...]

When Good Nurses Go Bad — How Not to Give a Shot

– Posted in: Elfie, Injuries, Life is Dangerous, This is Supposed to be Helpful, Worst Mom Moments
Tammy and Elfie -- 2008

I saw this picture in our local paper yesterday. I laughed it off, but think I may have had a bit of a PTSD panic attack. My guess is that this lady either watched Psycho or took some sort of anger management/pumpkin carving class right before she came to work. When Elfie was 4-years-old, I [...]