November is Prematurity Awareness Month and Nov. 17th is World Prematurity Day where The March of Dimes joins with other parent groups and organizations around the world to raise awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented. As the parent of two NICU babies and as a volunteer for The March of Dimes, I would like to help spread that awareness and share this piece with you that I wrote right after my son was born. This was the final entry of the Mommie Brain column that I wrote for The Santa Monica Daily Press. Read More
If you are on Facebook any time during the month of November, you’ve probably seen it, the myriad of friends who post, each and every day, what they are grateful for. I admit to participating in the shared expressions of gratefulness, and feeling purposeful gratitude with each status update.
This year, however, it feels a bit like a performance. It’s easy to sit at home and pick apart my life and share my appreciation with others, but what about those of us who are struggling? I recently met a mom in my neighborhood whose son Read More
I was worn down by the minutia of mothering. The days were consumed with relentless chores that keep the machine of a home life humming: changing the kitty litter, filling the gas tank, sweeping the floors, folding the towels and vacuuming the same carpet over and over. No amount of effort seemed to brighten the dullness of endless routine. Read More
“Friends are the roses of life: pick them carefully and avoid the thorns.” – Unknown
I have no idea who said the above, but I was thinking about this recently after the departure of some dear friends who had visited from another state, and who had spent the night. Though we don’t see each other often, when we do, I am reminded of what wonderful blossoms they are in the bouquet of terrific friendships I have been fortunate to gather. Read More
I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of AOL’s “Acting Disruptive,” the brainchild of wunderkind Max Lugavere, who produces and hosts content about science, technology and disruptive thinking. We spent the day together hanging in my bathroom, kitchen and car, and it was a total pleasure. While we were driving, I asked him what he felt his parents DID RIGHT in terms of raising him. It’s a question I like to ask young adults, and the answers I get are always surprising and usually enlightening; Max’s answers were both. Plus, as you can read yourself, the guy is funny. He offered to write a post for WTF about what his parents DID RIGHT. Here it is. Lucky us. -Flicka Read More
As I entered my 3rd week of work teaching, I started terribly missing my summers days of laziness. I wish I would have appreciated those days when I could do anything I wanted, my house was clean, and laying naked on my balcony to catch some sun was an option… Read More