Category Archives: Self-care

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain [Almost Fearless]

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain [Almost Fearless]

“Mom,” my youngest daughter, Isabel, whines, her copper hair sweeping across her freckled cheek. “My knee is killing me. It’s seriously the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. Can we please be done?” I take a deep breath and assess the situation. We are less than halfway into our hike through the cliffsContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Manages My Chronic Illness (And Makes Me A Better Mom) [Scary Mommy]

Medical Marijuana Manages My Chronic Illness (And Makes Me A Better Mom) [Scary Mommy]

I started using weed to control the chronic pain from my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after the night I scared the living hell out of my kids. “Sprinkle Butt!” I repeatedly called out to my youngest daughter, my lips puckered in exaggeration. “Come here and give Mommy a big kiss, Sprinkle Butt!” I’m told I also screamed obscenities at theContinue Reading

On The Trend to Demonize Mother’s Day

On The Trend to Demonize Mother’s Day

Every year at this time, blog posts and news reports appear begging mothers to consider all the people for whom Mother’s Day might not be a pleasant holiday. The growing trend is to request that mothers yield the day to those who have experienced loss. I have been a motherless child. I spent over two decades estrangedContinue Reading

The Hardest Resolution I’ve Ever Made: Stop Parenting From Fear

The Hardest Resolution I’ve Ever Made: Stop Parenting From Fear

Resolutions! Lose weight. Write a book. Read long, classic novels. Volunteer somewhere. Noble and righteous, good-person, headline-making resolutions. I long for them, these trendy resolutions full of moxie with their accompanying hashtags and meet-up groups. Join us each Sunday at the bay, the profile says We’ll spend a half hour cleaning the shoreline and thenContinue Reading

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