menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Chil’ren

Yes, I purposely omitted the d in Children, because I believe Children need to ChillWho ever coined the term “playdate”? Really?
If Dr. Seuss wrote Cat in the Hat today…. the siblings would ruin the Fun Forrest and Thing 1 and Thing 2 would have to restore all the video games. Children home alone on a rainy day- with no plans-
all of us menopausebarbee mama’s are clutchingour pearls-its unheard of!
Children today have no sense of self containment. As a little tyke, I vividly recall my father telling me to take the feather out of my behind- ok, he said assand go find something productive to do. We didn’t have computers, or I Pads, or Wii Games, DVD playersor cell phones
We had Ms. Winsberg- an elderly lady who lived in the neighborhood who invited children over for story hour. We would sit in her backyard every Sunday afternoon or her living room in the winter for ice tea, and cookies and she would read stories aloud. Another amazing act of kindness that Ms. Winsberg did – as we lived near an elementary school – she greeted ALL kids with a cookie just by ringing her door bell when class let out for the day.We had Joan – mybest friend’s mom who was like a second mom to me who organized block trash pickups and rewarded our efforts with a popsicle. Joan took us camping and we learned to respect nature and to recycle before it was popular.
We had Annie Gerber who was an artist and taught us aboutsculptures and took us to the library and community festivals
We had go carts made out of wheels from old grocery baskets, a trip to MacDonalds was a special treat,- yes it was a “Happy Meal”as well as going to the movies. And at the end of the day… Bedtime was non negotiable.
So I will end by sharing that
I recently picked up an illustrated book which happens to be the #1 New York Times Best Seller- by Adam Mansbach
It’s called Go the F–ck to Sleep
The opening page says:
The cats nestle close to their kittens
The lambs have lain down with the sheep
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the f–ck to sleep!