Last night’s episode of ABC’s Black-ish gave “mainstream” America a peak into a rarely seen or discussed conversation that takes place in Black households: The Name Game. Depending on how many generations are involved in this process, it can be simple or result in the expectant mother receiving a storm of phone calls and messages with… “Alisha! I KNOW you and Kevin ain’t gonna name that baby KEVILISHA!” But they will. Because it’s “cute.” Because Kevilisha was made out of love between Alisha and … Read More »
My Baby Died: Today is her birthday.
This morning I woke up with the intention of publishing another post about my lazy, ungrateful, frustrating and yet absolutely hilarious children. When my feet touched the floor as I got out of bed, my heart fluttered and I felt a familiar uneasy nervousness. My stomach felt queezy, my hands were shaking as I brushed my teeth. I didn't know whether I needed to go to the bathroom or pace. It wasn't an anxiety attack, but I was close. Stop. Breath. In the nose. Out of the mouth. I told … Read More »
How I Feel About “Everybody Else’s Parents”
If you are anything like me, the words "Mommy can I..." make your skin crawl. The older children get the more outrageous (and expensive) the requests. At least when they were younger, I could promise them a pet dinosaur "tomorrow" and make them forget about it with a scoop of ice cream. Now, as a general practice, I pretty much just say "no" before my older girls get the actual request out. I just go ahead and set them up for disappointment before they get too excited. They … Read More »
Disney Channel Overdose
Anthony and I generally don't like our kids to watch much television. We're not super-psychotic parents who unrealistically think that we can raise our kids without the influence of television. We just know that too much television is not good for OUR kids. Fortunately, when they watch TV they tend to gravitate toward supposedly healthy and wholesome television programming like Disney Channel and TV Land. Too much of a "good thing," though, can be really bad...for their … Read More »