The Best of Uncool Mom

If your kids think you're cool you must be doing something wrong


Dallas, Texas, USA
November 02
I have been writing almost all my life and usually loving every minute of it, whether it was writing letters to my much older brother who was stationed on a Navy ship back in the late 60's, or writing for the Columbia Missourian newspaper during journalism school, or freelancing for The Dallas Morning News as a stay-at-home mom. I'm still a stay-at-home mom, now with a 17-year-old daughter and another daughter who is 13, and since early 2009 I've been writing a blog called Uncool Mom. I've decided to post the "Best Of" here at I hope you enjoy it. It's cheap therapy for parents and a dose of humor for non-parents. And sometimes, just plain useful stuff.


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JANUARY 21, 2012 2:46PM

My Look Into the Evil World of Spamming

For all of you taking refuge from the cold right now, here's something to get your blood boiling--

from an August 2011 post of mine at

I guess our first clue should have been when our preteen daughter, Emmie, couldn't get into her email account a few weeks ago--Read full post »

(from, August 2009)

I cried yesterday on the first day of school.  I didn’t think I would.  I mean, I’ve been looking forward to this day.  As a work-at-home mom with two kids, back-to-school means I can get more work done.  Peacefully.  Back-to-schoRead full post »

JULY 30, 2011 4:52PM

Little Ones Need to Travel, Too

Eight summers ago, we took our kids on a Southern California adventure trip when one was 8 and the other was 4. We'd saved up airline miles so that all four of us flew free, so we splurged and went to the Hotel Del Coronado, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, and topped it off… Read full post »

This summer marked the three-year-anniversary of something outrageous that happened in my neighborhood. It is so outrageous yet true, and I think ultimately related to parenting, that even though I posted about it at in 2009, I wanted to share it here now.  Helicopter… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
APRIL 14, 2011 1:14PM

When TV Is Good For Families

People may trash television all they want, but over the past few years, a certain TV show has brought our family together like nothing else.  And since our family includes a 16-year-old girl who rarely wants to do anything with the family any more (or, heaven forbid, catch herself laughing and… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2011 2:34PM

The Quiet Milestones

(adapted from a post first published on 3/29/10 on


Parents like to celebrate a lot of “firsts”, don’t we?  Some are commemorated in a big way, with photographs, words in a baby book or scrapbook, video… like first smile, first solid food, first step/Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2011 9:48AM

Uncool Hands

(from, April 2009)

I went naked over 10 years ago.  Naked hands, that is.  No more soaking in pink solution and breathing in air that comes with a warning label.  No more long, polished fingernails in colors like Chick Flick Cherry or Blushingham Palace.  Ever si… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2010 11:18AM

Can Uncool and Fun Coexist?

(from March '09) 

I came to the realization the other day that I think I really need to take more time to just have fun with my kids.  I mean, yes, I’ve planned some great vacations in the past, and we did all just go to the zoo recently and have fun… Read full post »

(Originally posted in March of '09-- but still very relevant in light of the "Seven-year-olds dance to Single Ladies" video that went viral a couple months ago...) 

Just got back from spending almost my entire weekend at a dance convention in a nearby suburban hotel. My older… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2010 10:22AM

A Day in the Life

(a verbal snapshot of me and my family taken 11/06/09)
When I was once a part of the 9-5 business world, there was a time I followed the adage, "Don't dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want."  So lately I've been thinking maybe I should start dressing… Read full post »
JULY 15, 2010 6:33PM

Observations from a Bark Park

(originally titled, "Dogland")

We took our dog to a dog park (also known as a "bark park") for the first time yesterday.  I couldn't help but see the similarities to taking the kids to a park for play dates when they were younger...there are those dogs that "play nicely" and those… Read full post »
JULY 10, 2010 10:50AM

Pop Goes The Church

Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered when the sacred tries too hard to be cool when embracing the secular? 


I think I started feeling that way about 13 years ago when I watched a neighbor’s video of her church youth choir, or I should say, megachurch youth… Read full post »

You’ve heard that some people become a better parent by reading parenting books, but here’s another thought—have you ever considered that reading any book (or magazine or newspaper) helps with parenting? No, I’m not talking about the old adage, “Be a reader and/… Read full post »

Recently my husband, Andy, and I had a conversation about buying a new car for me. I didn’t get my hopes up, rightfully so, because it didn’t take long for him to say, “You know, for about $300, I think I can keep your car running another year and then we canRead full post »