We Had No WiFi at Work and It Was the Worst Day of My Life.

This is not an easy topic to write about. It's taken me a while to actually put into words this horrific experience. But if it can help at least one person out there, it will be worth it. A few weeks ago I got to work and I could tell something was amiss. Right away. Because people were conversing with one another. No one was hulled away in their classrooms staring at their laptops. People were in the halls. Communicating. I knew it was going to be bad. But really…

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Today, You’re You and That is Enough. My Students are Amazing.

This year I started at a new school. It's in a completely different part of the city, with a completely different set of problems. I miss my old students and co-workers, but fate has definitely put me here for a reason. The other day I wrote about a speech I gave to a group of 8th grade students at a retreat. I spoke from the heart and told them about my kids. About their differences. About acceptance. I had this opportunity all because of an email. A few months ago two…

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A Speech I Gave on Acceptance

I had an amazing opportunity to speak at a retreat for 150 8th graders about being yourself and acceptance. Today I'm sharing the actual speech and tomorrow I will share the reaction and what I learned from the experience. Hi I’m Eileen. I grew up in Chicago not too far from where you guys live. I had a great childhood with amazing parents. I have two brothers that I am really close to. When I was in college tragedy struck. My mom died after a 13 month battle with cancer. It…

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I’m Back. New Year. Pretty Much Same Me.

So I took a little time off from writing. I just needed to recharge and regroup. And really concentrate on my other passion. Drinking. Best thing I could have done. Because now I'm back and ready to rock. My holidays were amazing. Santa was extremely generous to my kids. And some day soon I may actually pick up the remaining wrapping paper that's littering my basement and put away the decorations. But for now I'm content with just closing the basement door. On New Year's Eve we took the kids…

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My Babies Were Born This Way: Raising Gender-riffic Kids

Since becoming a mother, I have learned that all I really care about is that my kids are happy. And healthy. I can only do so much in the healthy department. But, at this stage of the game, I pretty much control their happiness. When it comes to what my kids want to wear in the morning, I have learned that I really don’t give a rats ass what they wear. And I don’t give an even bigger rats ass what people think about what my kids wear. This is…

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You Could Not Pay Me To Shop On Black Friday

If it's one thing I will never understand it's Black Friday. I like to shop. I like to save money. But I don't care for getting the sh!t beat out of me in the process. But that's just me. I prefer to lay in bed and turn on the news and see people killing each other over a half price television. And I am NEVER disappointed. EVER. I used to try to have all of my shopping completed by Thanksgiving. It's just how I rolled. But now I have major…

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Everyone Is Really Courageous, When Hiding Behind Their Keyboard.

There is nothing I love more than kicking another mom when she's down. It's so fun. It makes me feel so much better about myself. I just love letting the world know how superior I am to everyone else. While sitting at home alone. Basking in the warm glow of my computer screen. It's called keyboard courage. And apparently, it's highly contagious. When a first time mom writes a frantic post on The Book asking a question like only a first-timer can, I can't type fast enough. I like to…

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Girls Night Out: Bad Moms Christmas Style

Last week I had an awesome experience. I got to see the Bad Moms Christmas premiere with a group of my besties. Then, the next day, Shelly and I were invited to interview the stars of the movie. I mean no bigs. Just a normal Monday/Tuesday in our lives. We're totally used to starting our week off on a Monday night with an open bar and swag bags. Like total movie stars. And then waking up on a Tuesday morning and going to one of the fanciest hotels in downtown…

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Sexual Harassment. Enough is Freaking Enough.

The movie 9 to 5 was made in 1980. That's thirty-seven years ago. Thirty-seven years and it feels like nothing has changed. I have been reflecting this past week on sexual harassment. I have been absolutely shocked by the allegations from so many women against Harvey Weinstein. I can remember being in high school and a grown man putting his hands on my shoulders and rubbing them. I still remember how gross it made me feel. But I didn't know what to do. Another instance was at the same place…

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Please Stop Telling Kids What to Wear and Who to Be. Just Let Them Be Kids.

My cousin Shelly called me last night to tell me about a story she saw on the news. There is a little girl in Indiana that wanted to make her first communion wearing a suit instead of a dress. You heard me. This little 9 year-old girl had the gall to want to wear pants. Pants. In public. On one of the holiest days of her life. She was told she could not wear the suit because she has a vagina and she would have to wear a dress or…

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My Mom Has Been Dead 15 Years. And I Remember Every Waking Moment.

There are certain days of the year that I dread. And no matter what preventative measures I take, these dreaded days come. And they don't seem to get all that easier. The absolute worst day of my calendar year is October 7th. And there is no avoiding it. It comes the same time each year. Day after October 6th. Day before October 8th. Every freaking year. The deathiversary of my mom. The deathiversary is the one day each year that I relive every single second of the day my mom…

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What It’s Like to be the Daughter of a Blogger (Who Thinks She’s Super Famous)

This is not written by Eileen Barrins\O’Connor.  This does not have any swears or calling anyone names in it. It is written by Mimi Barrins. (her favorite child) 5 things my mom always yells... #1: Shut your damn mouth!!!!!!!!! #2: Downstairs or outside?! #3: I am trying to write!! #4: Find my computer! #5: Get out of my room! When my dad hears my mom yelling, he always yells, too. Bless his heart. What My Mom and Dad are Like They are always yelling. They are always going on walks (to get…

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