5 Reasons Why Being A Modern Role Model For Your Child Is Complicated

  People who know me say I’m relaxed and laid-back. I’d agree…for the most part. I have a no-nonsense approach to life, and a lot of what I say and do is based on practicality. “Does this make sense?” I ask myself often. “Yes? Okay, self. Proceed.” Sometimes, though, it’s harder for me to sort through practicality when it comes to making decisions that set an example of feminism (or perhaps not) for my kids. This is especially true for my daughter, but also for my son. I mean, when’s the last time you spent six months contemplating what does and doesn’t…

Frederick Farms: The Cool Part About Living in the Boonies!

  Ten years ago when we decided to house hunt in Frederick County, the area was a much different place. Realtor: Well, technically, Frederick is a “rural” county. Me: “Rural?” What do you mean by “rural” exactly? Like, they have a Target right?! *insert panic face* Realtor: Target? Yes, of course we have a Target, I didn’t say we were cave people. But, we also have a bunch of farms. *insert sigh of relief* Me: Oh, ok. Well, just don’t find me a house by one. I can’t smell cows forever. Realtor: Okay, well how do you feel about a…

  On my most recent visit to Washington DC, I paid to spend an evening with five other people locked in a room under surveillance. No, it was not part of some crazy mid-life crisis scenario. (Mind out of the gutter, folks.) It was Escape Room DC. You. Must. Try. This. It is like nothing you’ve ever done before. Escape Room DC is the latest in a growing trend of places around the globe locking up civilians and forcing them to figure our how to escape their rooms. In a nutshell, these are fully-immersive live games in which small groups of people are given a series…

  I am NOT an outdoorsy person. It’s one of those things I feel particularly guilty about. Not guilty enough to like change it, but guilty enough to be like, man, I sure wish I liked being outside more because it’s kinda nice when I look at it from my window. And my kids. They LOVE being outside. They soak up all things active and outdoorsy. Swimming, hiking, biking, camping, snow boarding, spelunking (not even sure what that is, but I know one of them did it once). They are constantly begging me to do things that are miles outdoors-where-the-bugs-and-the-sun-are-all-over-you away…

  I’m going to hit you with a cold hard fact that I had to learn the hard way: YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP. There will never be enough time to complete everything you would like to complete. Unless you are in the position to hire a personal assistant, housekeeper, nanny and gardener you will continue to be swamped with work and personal responsibilities. Things will not change. Trust me on this. As a working mom who volunteers on multiple committees in the community (Frederick Speaker Series, American Advertising Federation of Greater Frederick and Women’s Giving Circle)…