I struggle with the unspoken rules of social media parent behaviour. People post pictures of their morning muesli on Instagram, but I'm supposed to be tight-lipped about two babies coming out of my body?

Sep 18, 2014 at 2:00pm | 490 comments

What is it about a small change in a parent's appearance that makes a big, scary impression on a child?
aging parents
A new study says sons can barely be bothered to give their elderly parents time and attention when they need it most.
After two years of split-up parent bliss, they told me over ravioli that my dad was coming home. I bottled up whatever unsavory feelings I felt because I knew only a spoiled brat would be pissed that her parents were saving their marriage.

Jul 23, 2014 at 5:00pm | 40 comments

My parents don't understand that I am not in charge of the “Interweb” nor do I have any means to fix it when it goes down.
wedding dresses
In preparing for the happiest day of my life, I had to face what made it so sad.
Being around my mother must somehow trigger some chemical in my brain that deludes me into forgetting my own imperfections and forces me to nitpick at hers.
This is your buddy, remember? You became friends for a reason. Your respective reproductive choices shouldn't get in the way of that.

Dec 28, 2013 at 11:00am | 215 comments

Most people learn trust as a child from the people raising them, but I learned to go on roller coasters on my own.
My parents like to... keep things interesting. They love to dress up in racy costumes and go to parties and fetish nights.
Does this mean we're raging, unrepentant social media addicts, or just really into sharing our lives' happiest moments? Probably both.
I used to sketch out my dream house with colored pencils on printer paper. It was mauve.
I’ve yet to meet a parent who isn’t somehow saddled with the things they wish they’d done differently with their kids.
Not only am I a grown woman who still refers to her mother as Mommy, but I’m also a grown woman who goes to great lengths to conceal from her parents just how much of a financial mess she is.
Men were always wrong. Men were aggressors; men were rapists; men were stupid; men were obsessed with their penises; men were responsible for forcing my mother into a heterosexual marriage and motherhood.
high heels
Case in point: have you had blisters on your feet? How often have you intentionally inflicted this pain upon yourself to look fashionable, fit in, or otherwise make yourself feel good? Why do you do it?
Don't start speaking in hushed tones about beach bonfires and boozy cabin camping trips. I'm not YOUR parent.
I don't actually hate your baby! It was just a thing I did for money once.
You don’t generally associate “divorce” with “excellent personal finance education.”

Aug 28, 2012 at 4:30pm | 14 comments

moving back home
I knew my dad was relieved. He kept thanking me, saying, “At least I sleep better at night knowing you’re here.”
anonymous single girl
making friends
Growing up, I was the girl who blasted Bon Jovi in the tiny subsidized apartment I shared with my mother, the one who preferred Friends to Martin and John Hughes to Spike Lee. Is it any wonder, then, why my mother would set me up on a Black Friend Date?