Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

We All Need A Little Mayhem!

A little over a year ago I met Kelly of Are You Finished Yet. She was one of the first bloggers I started engaging with in my blogging infancy. She allowed me to sit at the “cool table” and made me feel included and not at all stupid or out of my league. Since then […]

I Hit Him

“Hanging on, You’re all that’s left to hold on to.” -U2, Red Hill Mining Town I hit my son. Something I never thought I would do. I had never been hit as a child. Not spanked. Not “popped.” Nothing. My mom was able to raise three kids without laying a hand on any of us. […]

Five Rules For The Jackholes Trying To Ruin Halloween

“All I wanna do is have some fun, I gotta feeling I’m not the only one” -Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do  Can we not suck the fun out of Halloween? Can we have one day? One day where it’s just about having fun and there are no guidelines or parameters or judgement or rules? […]

My Daughter’s A Mystery… And That’s O.K.

  “You are the most beautiful thing, I’ve ever seen. You shine just like sunlight rays on a winter snow. I just had to tell you so.  Your eyes sparkle as the sun, like the moon they glow. Your smile could light the world on fire, or did you know?  Your mind’s full of everything […]

Boys Will Be Boys… The Danger of Low Expectations

“Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight. Carry that weight a long time…” -The Beatles, Carry That Weight Boys are getting a bad rap. They are being reduced to the lowest common denominator. They are suffering the permissibility of low expectations. They have no self control. They have violent urges. They have uncontainable sexual tendencies. Boys […]

“The Talk” That Proves Racism Is Alive

  “The police in New York City They chased a boy right through the park And in a case of mistaken identity The put a bullet through his heart Heart breakers with your forty four, I wanna tear your world apart” -The Rolling Stones, Heartbreaker Do you worry about what others think of you? I […]

Stop Telling Your Kids They’re Special

“You can’t always get what you want, But if you try sometimes you just might find, You get what you need.” -The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want We are ruining them. Our kids. Every day that we lavish praise on them and reward them for mediocrity we’re ruining them. We’re teaching […]

The Other Shoe

“Happiness hit her like a train on a track…” -Florence and the Machine, Dog Days Are Over I have written before about being happy. And I wasn’t lying. Most of the times I am content and pretty happy. Happy is my default setting. But sometimes, behind the smile is a little sense of dread, a […]

5 Things That Were Totally Unfair From Your Youth (but maybe were a good thing)

“You can’t always get what you want, But if you try sometimes, You just might find, You get what you need.” -The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want Parents hear it all the time, “That’s so unfair!” If you’re like me you respond with something like “Yeah, yeah kid. Life’s not fair. […]

The Good, The Bad and Making This Place Better

“In this garden They’ll be no war No racial prejudice You’ll be my brother Of any color You’ll just be okay with us We’ll live each day in peace In hope that we will one day reach The rest of the world When they are ready to be teached The kingdom will come Thy will […]