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no manual for parenting

Forget glue guns: Metallic Permanent Pens are the only things you need…

November 10, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet This was the post I meant to compose this Saturday, right after I rushed the kids off to the Religious Education class kindly provided by the Catholic church.  Especially helpful since their mother is a Heathen.  As usual, we were late. But this year the teacher is nice. She never once gave me the […]


“How you should behave when you grow up”: a primer for your kids

November 1, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet My 6 year-old, at the end of sugar high, launched into a campaign for something that he thinks my husband and I should offer to him and his older brother. “A program.  A program for ‘How you should be like when you grow up‘,” he said. “Mom.  I think you and daddy should give […]


Play the Sad Trombone: I can’t sew to save my life

October 26, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet I visited Sad Trombone just now. Yet again. I am Today’s Failure #8418. My failure today, as a mother: I can’t sew worth a damn. I am not talking about elaborate arts and crafts. I am talking about simple hemming. I failed Home Ec in high school. Or, rather, I cheated otherwise I would […]


I shall dub thee… John Mc”Cane”

October 25, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Warning: This post should be filed under “Things I find to be extremely amusing only because my kids said/did it and you probably wouldn’t give a rat’s gas which I am perfectly fine with but I still need to write this down so that I will remember this moment when I start losing the […]


“How to Care for Introverts”

September 29, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet I saw this a couple of weeks ago from a twittie bird on Twitter…  I clicked on the link, expecting it to be a funny, ha ha moment, “tongue in cheek”.  I grew silent as I read the list.  It describes my youngest almost to a T, and for the first time, I was […]


“I want to be an artist so I can be rich!”

September 24, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet “Mom, what did you want to do when you grew up?” My 6 year-old asked innocently. This question stirs a lot of anxiety inside me, but that’s another post, if you are unlucky enough, I may indulge myself in one day… He’s been really concerned about his future lately. He has pondered on being […]


Glue Gun, Pom Poms and Googly Eyes: Props for Mother of the Year medal

September 21, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet That is: if your kids, like mine, don’t know any better… My kids are ok.  They don’t know any other way of living. I say this often.  Sometimes, I am merely being sarcastic, and self-deprecating.  (Ha. Like that’s a surprise…)  Sometimes, I am being dead serious… I didn’t realize we were poor until the […]


“I want to be different. Deal with it!”

September 14, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet This came from my 6 year-old boy last night when I was putting him to bed. “I want you to know that you are very special, and I love you very much.” “Even if you hate me sometimes?” Alarmed. Pause. Deep breath. “Why do you think mommy hates you?” “When you are mad at […]


Who wouldn’t love a giant pink puff that squeaks?

September 12, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet We don’t have cable (not because we are so chi chi, la di da, holier than thou, but because we are cheap… frugal, and know that we have no will power whatsoever when it comes to moving images on the screen and we will just sit in front of HBO all day and yell […]


“It’s the best day of my life!… in Farm Town!”

August 31, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet After weeks of toiling, virtually, on his own farm, i.e. the infamous Facebook application Farm Town where many a woman allegedly have lost their husbands or vice versa, Mr. Monk my 6 year old finally made enough money, all 70,000 coins (which are worth $50 in real life currency), to purchase his own farm […]