How to Reclaim Your Bathroom Privacy

My son's been in the bathroom for a very long time. I thought there was a problem.  Nothing's wrong except the iPad has a full charge. In the olden days, we took real books into the bathroom--honest to goodness literature.  Dickens is plenty long enough to get a...

Why the Best Students Never Learn Anything

"Why do we have midterms?" a kid asks. "Beats me," I say.  "Two wasted weeks.  I'd rather teach.  It's required."  The kid gives me that "Aren't you the adult...you're supposed to be in charge," look. I'm not in charge.  I'm a teacher.  You're confusing me with a CEO...

Bad Mom Series: How to Clean Your Kid’s Room

"Go clean your room!" every good mom says.  I never say that.  Reason why?  I don't care.  I'm too tired. "It's my room!" Declan says.  I correct him immediately. "It's not your room," I say.  "It's mine.  I pay the mortgage.  I let you use it to hold your things."...