How to be Famous: Go Get Shot

– Posted in: Complaining, Life is Dangerous, Mean People, Media, Nevada, Reno, School, Tammy Thinks, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants
How to be Famous: Go get Shot

I woke up to a Facebook message from my friend saying there was a shooting at Sparks Middle School and her husband was fine (incidentally, Sparks is right next to Reno, where I live). She wrote this in all caps at least four times and with about five exclamation points behind each "fine." I see [...]

We’re All So Outraged About Another Mass Shooting. Or Not.

– Posted in: Complaining, Life is Dangerous, Mean Girls, Media, Tammy Thinks, Uncategorized, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants
unhappy face on sidewalk

So as I'm sure you've all heard, we've had another mass shooting. Every news outlet is covering it. Every talk show is analyzing it. Every blogger is writing about it. And I have to say, I'm pretty much over it. Yeah, I'm kind of done. Remember a few months ago in Newtown when all those little [...]

How to Make a 45-year-old Mother of Two Feel Like a Child

– Posted in: Guest Blog, Mean People, Working for Pay, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants
child statue

I've often heard that one of the best ways to boost kids' self-esteem, decision-making skills, and autonomy is by giving them something to do and then backing off. You know, task them with a job but then allow them to get the job done in a way that they see fit. Incredibly, this works with [...]

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming. And Stop Frisking.

– Posted in: Mean People, Politics, Tammy Thinks, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants

I cry pretty easily. Really, it doesn't take much. When we read Harry Potter, I get weepy when Mrs. Weasley shows Harry any kind of motherly affection (I know, don't judge). But last night, while watching The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, I cried for real. Lawrence showed an interview with Kasim Walters. He's a high school student [...]

So Now You Need a Kit to Build a Fort?

– Posted in: Okay That's Funny, Parenting, This Is Supposed to be Fun, Uncategorized, Videos, Worst Mom Rants
kids building fort in the forest out of wood and branches

Let me say right off the bat that I'm being a big fat hypocrite in this post. After the Harry Potter extravaganza party, bagging on other people's obsessive craftiness is sort of laughable. But this instructional video on "how to build a fort kit" is just kind of killing me.   Part of me didn't [...]

The Bachelorette and the Beast: We Should All be THIS Kind of Girl

– Posted in: Media, Sex, Tammy Thinks, TV, Uncategorized, Women's Issues, Worst Mom Rants
Desiree Hartsock -- I'm not that kind of girl, I'm this kind of girl. One who doesn't take any crap.

So I watch the Bachelorette. Don't stone me. I know. My husband says it's my contribution to the downfall of Western civilization. Anyway, last night, something unprecedented and pretty amazing happened. If you don't watch the show (and I know none of you decent people do), let me give you some background. Desiree Hartsock, this [...]

Oh Dean Heller, Why Must You Keep Proving You’re a Wuss

– Posted in: Conservatives are Funny, Lying, Mean People, Nevada, Politics, Tammy Thinks, Worst Mom Rants
John Oliver Whoop de doo

A few weeks ago, Senator Dean Heller, the Republican from my state (Nevada), voted to bring gun control up for debate. This isn't generally what Republicans do, so for about 10 seconds I fell into the trap of believing he might actually be a decent guy. Clearly this is why it was so easy to [...]