Author Archives: Betwixt and BeTween

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly And The F-Word

Tonight my daughter disagreed with a comment on Dancing with the Stars and yelled, “What the F-word?!?!?” The Good: She did not say the actual F-word. The Bad: She knows the F-word.  She can use is properly in a sentence. The Ugly: She referenced it in regard to a reality show. It is possible that…

Bone Up On Kids’ Bone Health

“Drink your milk.” How many times have you heard that and said it yourself? We know kids’ growing bones need calcium, but just how much do your little ones need? The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (part of the National Institutes of Health) provides the following chart detailing calcium needs: Birth –…

Fight cancer: slather on sunscreen (and other tips to keep your kids and yourself safe)

I am one in a million, but I’m certain that you don’t want your child(ren) to be one of this million. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, and I recently found out that I have it. I’m fortunate to have the “good” kind, basal cell carcinoma, and although I’ll…

Bathroom Humor

My daughter’s parochial school spent a week focusing on how the students could be of service to others. I thought this was a perfectly harmless theme. Famous.  Last. Words. One of the activities of service week involved my daughter’s class making a banner on which each child drew a picture of how they help out…

Grown-ups Sissy Fight, Too

My daughter is learning a lot about the world lately, but I’m not necessarily excited about this part of her education. She isn’t discovering the wonders of science or the exciting possibilities before her.  Her eyes aren’t open wide in awe.  Instead, she’s giving me a look that says, “Really?  You think I’m not prepared…

Single Parenting, Reese Witherspoon and Charting My Course

I’ve had a girl crush on Reese Witherspoon for quite a while. Of course I would love someone who named their company Type A Productions.  There are a few similarities between us, including that we are both short and known for working a lot. There are even more differences, including that she is blonde and…