Goodbye Gatekeepers, Sayonara Senior High


My youngest spawn has graduated high school. It is still sinking in that my worn, dusty nest will soon be devoid of baby birds. Once your baby turns eighteen, the world treats them differently, though that birthday, although a milestone, does not magically bring the maturity it implies. Once your child is eighteen - You … Continue reading Goodbye Gatekeepers, Sayonara Senior High

Confessions Over Coffee


Soaking up the quiet of Saturday morning on my patio, I enjoy my coffee in the stillness before being productive becomes my focus.  I look up and see my eldest son standing beside me. Somehow I spawned a ninja, because I did not hear him come out the back door. I am looking at an … Continue reading Confessions Over Coffee

Driving Miss Crazy


As a mom of two boys, I believed potty training was going to be my undoing, until I faced teaching them to drive. Completely outsourcing either of these parenting joys crossed my mind, but there is no service to coach your kids to poo in the potty, and the Great State of Texas requires twenty … Continue reading Driving Miss Crazy

It’s a Book Thug Life


As parents, many of us are downright obsessed with encouraging our children to love reading. Over and over again, we are told of its importance, and the teachers send home endless reading logs and stand ready with the roll of stickers to reward the effort. The effort being all parents everywhere, remembering to make the kids fill it … Continue reading It’s a Book Thug Life

Parking Lot Personality Test


I have a very unique gift. I can tell a lot about a personality by the way a person parks. Three shining examples of my unique gift come to mind, that I will share here to illustrate my point. One busy Saturday, I was in the grocery store parking lot when a sedan rushed into one of the parking spots marked … Continue reading Parking Lot Personality Test

Colossal Emergency “Need to Pee” Parenting Fail


All the recent talk about cars due to the accident drama (http://wornoutwomen.com/2015/06/26/fender-bender-etiquette-tips/  and http://wornoutwomen.com/2015/07/09/have-toenail-will-travel/  ) has reminded our family of another infamous car moment. We live outside of Houston, Texas and as dedicated Former Students, we had season tickets to Texas A&M Football for about nine years. We made this quality family time - or at … Continue reading Colossal Emergency “Need to Pee” Parenting Fail

Handy Tips for Traveling with Your Spawn


My husband and I both love to travel, and because we had our children young, most of our traveling adventures included the kids. My youngest son had visited seventeen states before he made it to Kindergarten. Along the way, literally, we noted a few key "Do's and Don'ts", so in the interest of public service, … Continue reading Handy Tips for Traveling with Your Spawn

Keep the Crayons in the Box


A friend of mine made a brilliant post on Facebook during the midst of one of the recently racially infused news headlines. He said: "We must stop speaking of one another as though we are living in a box of crayons." Do you ever realized how often we label one another? I am guilty of … Continue reading Keep the Crayons in the Box

Buckle up, here we go..


For my entire adult life, I have entertained my friends, co workers and family with stories. They even periodically make requests - "Evelyn, tell us the story again about how your son wiped his butt on the couch..." is probably a top 10 request. Several girl night outs have included the rumination about eventually putting … Continue reading Buckle up, here we go..