Unexpected Consequences

Megan Green Stuke

Johnny and I flew to Dallas a couple of weekends ago. I had prepared myself for adversity. I knew it was going to be difficult schlepping all the stuff through the airport. I had organized just so in order to be able to quickly retrieve a diaper, a wipe, a ...

Harness the negativity

Megan Green Stuke

Recently, a friend of mine became accidentally embroiled in a "Mommy War." And it made me sad. It started on a website (doesn't it always?): a blogger complained about moms who "can't control their kids" and resort to using kid harnesses when they're in public. Moms chimed in. "My kid ...

Party Time

Megan Green Stuke

I've often said there is a long list of things I swore I'd never do as a parent, and I've made short work of destroying said list, one item at a time. Last week, for example, I decided to break down and take a DVD player with us on a ...

Planes, trains, automobiles, and KIDS

Megan Green Stuke

I'm preparing myself to take Johnny on his first flight in a week. My sister lives in Dallas, and she and I figured I better fly down there with Johnny while the flying is still free. You can fly kids under two for free - did you know that? It's ...

Two year olds are people too, it turns out.

Megan Green Stuke

This morning, as she does almost every Friday, my mother-in-law arrived early in the wee hours to babysit our son. Today, he was not quite awake yet when she came, but he woke up shortly after, so she got to see his "wake up" routine. Usually, he's clam-happy in the ...

A few thoughts on turning 38

Megan Green Stuke

My 38th birthday is coming up. That's right, I'm (almost) 38. I'm not even kidding. I'm telling God and Everyone on this very website how old I am. Until this year, I've always been pretty "Yeah, whatever" about birthdays. I didn't ever feel old, I didn't feel like it mattered ...

Reading Recovery

Megan Green Stuke

I used to teach high school English. Not all high school English teachers are carriers of this disease, but at the time, I had a bad case of Book Snob. I liked big books, hard books, books with fancy titles, obscure books, intimidating books, books that required masters degrees in ...

Megan's Rules for Summer Entertaining

Megan Green Stuke

When we lived in our tiny house in North Lawrence I complained all the time that I needed a house where I could entertain. It was not only a small house, but the back yard was, well, undesirable. Years of dogs, neglect, random ill-conceived gardening projects, and too much shade ...

Role Models

Megan Green Stuke

This weekend I proudly participated in something called Chicken Sh*t Bingo. I kid you not. My friend Lulu's husband's band was playing in Tonganoxie at the Annual Helen's Hilltop Biker Bash, and in order to entertain herself during their part of the show (not that the music isn't entertaining enough, ...

Parenting by Double-Standard

Megan Green Stuke

I get the emails all the time. I see the Facebook posts. The ones about how "When I was a kid I didn't wear no stinking bike helmet, or a life jacket in the swimming pool, or use hand sanitizer, or ride in car seats, or get filtered water." And ...

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