Dear Boy-Who Cannot-Be-Named,
I know that right now you and Rachel are just friends. I rather like it that way, even if she doesn't. To her, you are the friend she yearns to be more. She sees your dashing good looks, your handsome physique, and your devastating boyish smile. I see something far different. I see someone who could very likely break my baby's heart.
Here's what you need to understand. My daughter isn't just any other girl. And certainly I think this in part because she's my daughter, but mostly because it is true. She has a bright light that draws people. She is witty and intelligent. She's funny and kind. She has a style that's all her own. She has a big future ahead of her.
Don't worry. This isn't the part where I warn you away from her. Sure, she has a step-dad who would love to handle any guy that hurts her with a shotgun and a shovel. Sure, the neighborhood would come down on you like a ton of bricks. Sure, I could shrink you down to size with my disapproving
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- Nicole Andrews Moore | Parenting – Mon, Jan 31, 2011 2:45 AM EST
Dear Boy-Who Cannot-Be-Named,Read More »from Parenting Guru: Letter to my daughter's would-be boyfriend
- Nicole Andrews Moore | Yahoo Motherboard – Sat, Jan 8, 2011 5:04 PM EST
Words have always been my thing. That's why I appreciate a really well-written novel, a wonderfully scripted movie, and the artfully presented witty one-liners. Most of all though, that is why as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a writer.Read More »from User Post: Because the apple doesn't fall far from the tree
I have tried my hand at various mediums within the field, but admittedly seem to have found my niche in blogging. And now that I get paid to do it, I really can call myself a writer. Yay! I am a writer. It's just the beginning and I have a long way to go.
The funny thing is that I seem to have been encouraging my kids in similar ways through the years. I remember when they were younger and it was just the three of us much of the time. We'd spend hours in the library every week picking out books. We'd spend hours every night lounging around the living room, or my bedroom, reading together. Those were some of our happiest moments, now my happiest memories.
And so they seem to have developed as much of an appreciation for books and writing as
- Nicole Andrews Moore | Yahoo Motherboard – Tue, Dec 21, 2010 9:42 PM EST
If there's something I can never be accused of, it's not thinking. No, I'm about as introspective as they come. And when I was taught that quote about an unexamined life not being worth living, I finally found validation for my way of life. With that in mind, 2010 was a big year for me, a year of growth, of life changing events, of countless opportunities, of healing and heartache.Read More »from It was the best of times and the worst of times in 2010
These are the top 10 posts of 2010 on Suddenly Single Journey, shared in chronological order:
1. The Broken Road... A post that gives some of the back story of our relationship. It was leading up to the next two posts.
2. First Comes Love... In which I explained how scary love was for him, how difficult it was for him to accept, admit, and recognize those feelings.
3. It was the perfect proposal... Yeah, he popped the question on Valentine's Day.
4. Friday at Yahoo! I told all about the day I spent on the Yahoo! campus with the Mother Board. It was an amazing experience, for which I am truly grateful.
Kimberly Is the best wrapper!
[Editor's note: This month, Shine Parenting Gurus are sharing their tips on how they get through the holiday season without losing their wits and patience. Have a tip to add? We'd love to know!]
If there is anything that I have tried to instill in our lives, it is the idea that anything can be fun. Chores are only bores if you allow that. And when we carry that attitude, it's amazing how much better life is. With that in mind, we are especially inundated with extra responsibilities during the holidays. In addition to the normal cooking and cleaning, there are holiday gatherings and holiday meals. There's an abundance of shopping and baking and wrapping. It can be challenging to get it all together.
We started a tradition in my neighborhood. We are a very social group and can find an excuse to celebrate practically anything. And so at a time when we are too often stuck apart, we decided to work together. Yes, the ladies of my neighborhood gather every year for a Wrap Party.
We Read More »from Parenting Guru: Gifting fatigue? Try a wrap party
Our favorite holiday tradition grew out of necessity. It seemed that there was a yearly struggle as Christmas drew near to find ways to keep the kids occupied. When school vacations arrived, too often there was no one for them to play with, and boredom would quickly set in. I can only listen to so many choruses of 'I'm bored' before I feel compelled to do something to distract them.
We started with holiday crafts. Some were simple, the old gingerbread house kit, while others were more involved, like making ornaments. And while other crafts went by the way side, our tradition of making ornaments each year has lived on.
The beauty of making ornaments is that the difficulty of the project can evolve and grow with the kids. We began so many years ago with the ready to paint ceramic ornaments from the local craft store. We'd gather some acrylic pain kits and spend a few afternoons making ornaments. They were a nice inexpensive way to pass the time. And, they made for lovelyRead More »from User post: Making time to make memories...
- Nicole Andrews Moore | Moments Of Motherhood – Wed, Sep 22, 2010 1:50 AM EDT
Our family tradition is the product of my love of goal setting, goal achieving, and the ever popular lists. And that is why every new year begins with a family brainstorm, our ultimate 'To Do List.' This year, I sat down with my kids, a teen and a tween, and developed a lengthy list of what we wanted to do together as a family over the coming year.
And I have to admit, this year, we have truly embraced the list, and lived the list on our special weekends together. So far, we have gone Goodwill hunting, used bookstore discovering, coffee shop exploring, and Trader Joe's conquering. We have taken spontaneous day trips, family bonding trips, and installed a pool in the back yard. We have had movie themed parties, and tried new recipes.
In short we have had the best year ever...so far!
At an age when other teens are focused on friends, we are building bonds and making memories that we will treasure forever. And that has made all the difference in our lives and our familyRead More »from Parenting Guru: Our family tradition? Making a list and getting it done!
- Nicole Andrews Moore | Love + Sex – Fri, Jul 23, 2010 3:36 AM EDT
At the age of 37 I found myself in the unique position of celebrating my divorce and being derailed by a break-up all in the same week. Initially, I thought that I would crumble under the weight of it, the debilitating sense of loss of the man I loved, the utter and complete lack of security. I was truly on my own for the first time my entire life. And to make matters worse, there was no time for a break down since I had two kids depending upon me.
Like so many other times in my life, I look back on it now and wonder how I survived it. How does anyone survive it? And then I remember my mantras that pulled me through.
- Change is good. Instead of focusing on all I had lost, all that I was missing, I began to focus on the positive aspects of the situation. This was an opportunity. I had a chance to re-invent myself, re-design my life. And I had to embrace it. I ran out and cut my hair. And I didn't have to consult anyone. I bought shirts that I liked without getting anyone's opinion.