Author: Sarah Anderson

How Parenting Makes Me Insane

Sundays, in our family, are our home maintenance days. It’s the day we do piles of laundry that have accumulated over the week, pick up the stray Legos, put away a clean dishwasher, or load a dirty one, do the grocery shopping and assemble backpacks for the coming week. And by Sunday evening, when my husband and I finally sit on the couch it feels good that 80% of the socks were matched, there are no visible Legos in my line of sight—though my bare feet will certainly find them in the middle of the night—and the kitchen as...

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Get Over It

I am what they call a true middle child. I am the second of three kids with an older sister and a younger brother. If you aren’t a middle child, let me give you some insight into what it’s like. When my family dropped off my sister to begin her freshman year of college, there was much weeping, wailing and depression. Thirty minutes after driving away from the dorm, my dad decided to turn around and go back to campus because he felt like the first goodbye was too rushed. When my younger brother left for college, it symbolized...

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Walking A Child Through Heartbreak

Going back to my parents’ house is like going through a time warp. My old bedroom is exactly how I left it when I graduated high school. This past Christmas, while visiting, I came across an old journal. I picked up at the start of my Senior year, Homecoming was just around the corner, and pages were filled with schemes of how to plan the perfect night with all my best friends. Of course, there was One Guy in particular involved in this dreaming. But then came the inevitable entry: “This Guy asked someone else…who couldn’t go. So he...

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Ringing in the New Year Without Fear

Fun fact about me. I hate New Year’s. If my kids were reading this, they would tell me, “We don’t say the word ‘hate’, Mom.” But since they aren’t perusing parenting blogs these days, I think I’m good. Besides, I really do hate New Year’s. These feelings go beyond the overly hyped up and inevitable disappointment of New Year’s Eve. My disdain for the New Year has more to do with the endless expanse of nothing that awaits from January 1st forward. It doesn’t excite me to imagine a year of possibilities. It doesn’t recharge me to make resolutions....

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What I Learned About Parenting From Vice President Joe Biden

There was a time in my life when watching the “The Tonight Show” when it aired was normal. Forcing my eyelids to stay open wasn’t even an issue. Those days are gone. These days, we record “The Tonight Show” and watch the previous night’s episode the next day, or week—or let them stockpile in our DVR until we have about thirty to choose from. Several weeks ago, we went through the buffet of “The Tonight Show” options we had recorded and watched one that featured Vice President Joe Biden. Politics in my late night television is not something I...

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