Silicon Mom: Review of ‘Princess’s Hair Salon in the Bathroom’

I couldn’t find this place on Yelp, so I’m forced to leave my review here. I should have known that visiting this “salon,” if you can even call it that, was a bad idea when I was basically forced to visit it against my will.  I thought perhaps the name was a cute marketing trick, but no—this “salon” is literally located in a bathroom, as in there is a tub, toilet, and sink.  My … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Love for JLK

This isn’t the column I was planning to write.  I had something planned—something light, and kind of funny, and that captured one of the sweet moments of parenting.  But then something happened. A friend lost her six-year-old daughter.  This mother, Libby, who was part of Caveman’s playgroup as a baby, is amazing.  She and her husband struggled with infertility for years, coping with … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: ‘Tis the Season

I love the holidays.  The music, the decorations, the way I can manipulate my children into behaving for a solid month.  I mean, sure, deep down I know I’m probably going to have to pay for it with a therapist when they're older, but it’s amazing how effective a well placed, “well, I hope Santa didn’t see that!” can be when you’re tired at the end of the day and just want a minute of … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Raising a Caveman

Sometimes I think Caveman gets a bad rap, especially if all you know about him is what I write in my posts.  Sure, he punches kids in the throat every now and again, but in general, he’s really a good kid.  He’s sweet (today while I was in his class he came up and gave me a kiss in front of all his friends).  He’s funny (Hubby and I are constantly cracking up at the things he says).  And … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Transitions

This has been an autumn of transitions at our house—Caveman is in school full time*, I am back in the paid workforce part-time, and Hubby has taken on a new role at work.  To say we are all adjusting smoothly would be a lie. First, there is the insanity that is our schedule.  Despite my mantra that my children should only do one activity at a time, I’ve somehow managed to allow Princess … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Get it Together

You know those mothers who always look perfect?  They fix their hair and wear make-up every day, they only wear workout clothing if they are actually working out, and in general they just seem to have it together?  Yeah.  I am not one of those mothers.  I’m the other kind. I’m the kind of mother who wears a velour tracksuit on a good day.  For me, putting on a pair of jeans counts as … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Nanny Wanted

This fall is full of changes for my family:  both Caveman and Princess will be in school full-time, and I am going back to work. Yep, that’s right.  After 7 ½ years of being at home with the kids, after an extended 5-year stint in grad school (with several semesters off after Caveman), I actually managed to find a job in my field (Teacher Librarianship) near(ish) to home that is part-time, … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Camping Conundrum

When I was Princess’ age, we lived on a mountain, in an airstream trailer, with no electricity save what was created with a water-powered generator my father constructed in a nearby creek.  My parents were hippies, and our “off the grid” mountain home was their dream.  By the time I was a 2nd grader, though, circumstances had changed and we moved into town.  Knowing I spent my early … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: The Princess Problem

This weekend I posted a Groupon deal on my Facebook page.  It was for a tea party at one of those salons for little girls that does nails and fancy hairstyles.  It’s the type of thing Princess loves—pink, glittery, and all things that fit the gender stereotype for girls. This post was not met with 100% approval.  It was suggested that taking her to such a place just reinforced gender … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Insert Clever Title Here

I should have turned this column in on Tuesday.  I tried.  Really, I did.  I opened Word.  I stared at the blank white page and the blinking cursor.  Then someone was hungry, or there was a fight over how Princess told Caveman he didn’t know what mangos taste like, or something of equal significance, and I gave up. I don’t know if it’s the weather, the end of the school year, the … [Read more...]