The Wild Rumpus

Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka

Military PJs, a preschool rendering of Smashmouth and the longest lunch ever

Today, I took my three-year-old daughter, Sweet Pea, out to lunch. We were there an hour and 20 minutes — the longest lunch I have participated in that did not … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Breakfast at the Funny Farm

This is a picture of me trying to eat my cereal this morning. If this is any indication of how the rest of the day will go, I’m gonna need … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

The End is Just the Beginning…

I should really be working right now. Or doing laundry, planning my son’s birthday party or one of the scores of other things on my to-do list. But all I … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Never Put on Random, Dirty Undies You Find in Someone Else’s Backpack.”

I actually said that to my kids the other day. It is excellent advice if I do say so myself. My words of wisdom were inspired by a book we … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Superhero.

If you’re a lady of a certain age, you probably recall Judy Blume’s classic 1970 young adult book, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.” It explores a number of … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Spot of Sunshine

Things have gotten stressful and hectic behind the scenes at The Wild Rumpus, which has left me with no time, energy or brain waves to romp on the keyboard. About … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Life is a Slam Dunk

My son takes after my husband in so many ways — looks, especially. But lately, it’s his fierce love of basketball that so often makes him a carbon copy of … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 6 Comments

My Daughter’s Masterpiece

Most days, Sweet Pea, 2, is a gentle girly girl. She enjoys staging tea parties for her dolls and running a brush through my hair. She is a tutu addict … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

It Was a Good Day: The Parent Version

More than 20 years ago, Ice Cube released “It Was a Good Day,” a classic hip-hop song recounting the rapper’s idea of a flawless day. His dream day included watching … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 15 Comments

Having “The Talk” With My Five-Year-Old

At some point, it happens to every parent, but I’m not sure anyone is ever prepared for how old it will make you feel. It’s the moment you have the … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 13 Comments

The Return of Hot Showers, Eyesight and Long-lost Friends

I’m not one to complain too much about winter. I love sledding and snowboarding and making snow angels. Jackets, hats and cute boots? The best. Plus, snow is the great … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Real Housewives Ain’t Got Nothin’ on This!

After I wrapped up writing reality TV recaps for two different websites a few years ago, I took a break from watching my beloved Real Housewives shows. It was one … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

A Blanket of Fun

When we went to bed around midnight, only a few inches of snow covered the ground. The last thing I heard was meteorologists promising things were about to ramp up, … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

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