Articles written by: Cheryl Dumesnil

A freelance writer and writing coach, Cheryl Dumesnil likes nothing more than laughing at the crazy things her kids say. Her books include a memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood; a collection of poems, In Praise of Falling; the anthology Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall; and the anthology Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, co-edited with Kim Addonizio. When she’s not writing or teaching, Cheryl’s hiking, yoga-ing, begging her children to stop the potty talk please, or trying to toss pop flies, without tearing her rotator cuff. Check her out at CherylDumesnil.com.

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week
Advice / Life

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Even on a rough day, I have access to innumerable bits of awesome.

How the Battle for Marriage Equality Impacts Kids
News & Politics

How the Battle for Marriage Equality Impacts Kids

Like many kids who have same-sex parents, my eight- and ten-year-old sons were born into the marriage equality movement and have learned so much from it.

Home for the Holigays
Extended family / Family

Home for the Holigays

How do people in the LGBT community feel about going home during the holiday season?

Merry Christmas 2014
Grief & loss

How My Christmas Tree Became My Grief Counselor

You know that holiday advice for the broken-of-heart: create new traditions? It doesn’t really work for newly separated co-parents, like Tracie and me, who are trying to follow a different piece of advice: keep the kids’ lives as normal as possible.

Use With Caution
Kids / Parenting

Think Twice before You Put That Elf on That Shelf

Parents beware! Keeping the magic of the holiday season alive for our kids is exhausting.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHERYL DUMESNIL
Grief & loss

7 Tips to Surviving the Holidays after Heartbreak

In addition to twice-weekly yoga classes and my fledgling meditation practice, I’ve found these seven simple actions have a surprisingly powerful impact on my mood.

When Marriage Equality Activists Break Up
Grief & loss

When Marriage Equality Activists Break Up

I know that the rights and responsibilities we gained are important not only to couples who stay married, but also those who need to separate.

My Boys of Summer
Family / Kids / Parenting

Dear Baseball, Thank You

I might remember Summer 2014 as The Summer My Marriage Broke but I also want to remember My Boys of Summer.

This Is Not Bad. This Is Not Good. This Is Change.
Family / Parenting

This Is Not Bad. This Is Not Good. This Is Change.

The last time I built an Ikea bookshelf, I was seven months pregnant with K, my almost eight-year-old. Today, I taught him how to place the screw inside the predrilled hole, how to set the drill’s Phillips-head bit into the screw’s crosshatches, and how to pull the orange trigger.   […]

The Summer of Wisecracking and Bickering
Family / Kids / Parenting

The Summer of Wisecracking and Bickering

We’ve had the Summer of Whining and Bickering, then the Summer of Tantrums and Bickering, followed by the Summer of Phobia-Taunting Adventures and Bickering, and now, welcome to the Summer of Wisecracking and Bickering.