“My kids secretly pinch one another, how can I stop this?

From the mailbag: "Dear Mama Bear, I have two young children who generally get along well, but sometimes get really mad at each other and pinch each other when I'm not looking.  How can I get them to stop this habit? Thin-skinned in Washington" Dear TSiW, Sigh.  MamaBear assumes this has been going on for […]

Continue Reading

Unexpected things like THIS make parenting glorious

I hope you're sitting down for this… MamaBear, for once in her venerable life…was knocked speechless. As in, MamaBear just sat and stared dumbly at the text that was beaming into her soul from her Verizon phone. It's all good mind you!  Let me first give you some background… I'm part of a family with […]

Continue Reading

When the SH*T hits YOUR Hairbrush and Other Parenting Insanities

It was an adventure like no other, y'know? Sigh…. Yes indeed, Mama Bear was happily ensconced in her bathroom, pulling on her karate gi and otherwise making sure her outwards persona didn't frighten small impressionable children (immediately, that is). Life was joyous!  Glorious!  All that remained was that MamaBear had to brush out her long […]

Continue Reading

How YOU can beat compassion into your children via a figurative 2×4

ALERT! Hell….just froze over. No, MamaBear is *really* serious here. Hell didn't just freeze over, it ate the North Pole. And MB is so tickled pink by this, she could stand up and sing. Kinda like this. But she digresses. No, today, MamaBear's Honorable Son #1 (middle school child)….saw his brother was crying and instead […]

Continue Reading