Protected: Harper’s friends

If you can read this then you’re part of a new filter of Harper’s friends. You’re either par­ents yourselves or about to be or you’re close friends of ours or both… Import­antly, none of you are related to me. I need a place to vent about my stuff...

Protected: It takes a village…

Ceredwyn wrote this post about teen­agers and empathy. Doug and I have already been talking at length about how you raise a child in this society who can bal­ance between being their own person and fit­ting in; who can fulfil their tal­ents but not feel...

Protected: Cheeky brat

The ongoing saga of the girl is get­ting ridicu­lous. She was intensely rude just before I left, refusing to pay Doug back the $150 she bor­rowed from him and saying that the money we get from social ser­vices to cover some of her rent is her money. Sure. $600...

Protected: Teenaged drama

So… Tina and AJ are “taking a break” for a month or so. Step 1: Not sur­prised. Step 2: She’s gone straight back out the door to make friends with the girl she stopped talking to when she started going out with AJ (geez, that sounds familiar… straight...

Just add crayons

There are bad things about insta-families – like being so stressed that you forget all about the cool Writers With Drinks magazine tribute that antho­logie invites you to the day after she invites you (sorry, I sooo wanted to go to that) – but there are good...