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Motherhood

There Are No Bad Kids

I read somewhere that there are no bad employees, only bad managers. If someone takes the time to fill out an application, get dressed for an interview and show up for work every day (or most days), then they obviously want/need to work. When their…

The Clean up Woman

Recognizing that I am not coping well with this whole 3 kids in 4 years and a 4th on the way thing, my husband has offered me something that no other man has given me before: maid service. "I have a surprise for you babe,"…

Chile, you obviously don't know me

I've figured out what makes raising kids so hard. It's not the messes they create, or the feeding schedules if they are infants, or the incessant questions if they are toddlers/pre-schoolers...it's the mere fact that you and your children are strangers to one another. It's true. Yes,…

When Pregnant People Fart

Unless you have been pregnant or lived in a house with a pregnant woman, there is no earthly way you're going to be able to relate to what I'm about to say here. All the same, I'm going to attempt to usher you into a…

Sometimes Being a Mom Means Giving Up

The other night one of my best friends from college came over to visit the family. She's seen me go from svelte, clueless Ghanaian to overweight, guarded 'American' in the 12 years that we've known each other. She's seen me at my best and my…

Why I Abhor Family Portraits

My mother in law is a saint. She has a heart of gold and is overall just a good person. But like most saints and good-natured people, she is blind to the ugliness of this world. Whether it's because these folks choose not to see…

White Power!

Quick! What was your first reaction when you read that title? I bet you images of skinheads and men in long white robes flashed in your mind. Maybe even a burning cross on a Black family's front lawn. "White power" means a lot of things…

Something New

Typically when I hear the phrase “Something New”, I think of interracial couples and the angst they face a-la Sanaa Lathan and that very yummy blonde guy whose name always escapes me. But as of last week, the phrase “something new” means something completely different.…