Wendi Aarons is one of the funniest writers I know, and she just released a book featuring a spunky 12-year-old comic. Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian is a funny and heartfelt story about navigating middle school. A young adult novel by the hilarious and brilliant R. Eric Thomas? Yes please. Kings of B'more features two black, queer best friends on an epic adventure. It's heartwarming and hilarious. The wisdom and wit of Luvvie Ajayi's book Professional Troublemaker is . . .
Prom ‘22. These siblings would like to clarify for the internet that they were not one another’s dates. Proud of @indiahowerton for having her mixed-media art piece showcased at our district’s art show! Swipe to see a close-up. Kembe is cheering for the “powder puff” girl’s football tonight. I appreciate their commitment to supporting both teams. India and Karis are in Matilda at their school this weekend. India is playing Matilda’s mom, and Karis is playing Matilda’s brother … . . .
Strategy sesh for our upcoming trip to Spain/Italy/France. Tried introducing them to a few choice European tapas. They were not a fan. But we did nail down the art galleries we want to see. My boys share my passion for trying regional foods. My girls share my passion for museums and theater. I’ll take it! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton . . .
First conference in over two years! I took for granted this community of women that I would gather with several times a year at various events and conferences. It was good to be back. @mom2summit Yesterday I had the chance to speak about mental health, kids, and social media alongside Frances Haugen (Facebook’s whistleblower), Dr. Shapiro from AltaMed and Dalia Hashad, the badass behind advocacy group @parentstogether. I don’t think it’s a secret that social media has very adverse . . .
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) Have you ever taken a vacation by yourself? I’m doing that this week. It’s … interesting. It’s definitely true: wherever you go, there you are. I have a . . .
India killed it (get it?!) playing a dead ancestor in Addams Family this weekend. First school musical since 2019! There was a lot of disappointment and a lot of creative pivoting by the school to give them online performance opportunities over the past two years. But it was so good to see her back onstage with her friends in-person. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton . . .
Via my Texan friend @jenhatmaker: In shock & fury over Governor Abbott's order to the Texas Dept of Family & Protective Services to investigate all trans children in any stage of transition & report their parents, doctors, & healthcare workers as child abusers. He threatens "criminal penalties for failure to report" not just for licensed professionals who care for kids but "similar criminal penalties for members of the general public." In summation: Abbott has targeted one of . . .
Guys, it's cool. I followed it up by using Dre on keys as a reminder of why they should practice piano to re-establish my relevance. #SuperBowl Pro-tip: schedule your art museum entrance time during the Super Bowl and you’ll have the place to yourself! Podcasters at a live podcast show. It’s for “research,” you guys. (Listen to @jenhatmakergloating about guessing the surprise guest.) @laura.tremaine#smartlesstourlive A much-needed weekend away catching up with gem. . . .
Loved seeing these two boys walk in the Black History Parade with @100blackmenoc this weekend. They skipped the parade last year due to COVID so it was so nice to be back. Trying to choose a favorite musical is like trying to choose a favorite child, but Next to Normal is definitely in my top 3. I’ve wanted India to see it but it rarely tours so I was thrilled to find out @chancetheater was doing it. It was so good and just a little emotional (like, we might have gone outside during . . .
Is “come here, now go away” is the dynamic of every teen sister relationship or just mine? Our third kid to catch COVID spent her quarantine in the backhouse with very mild symptoms (thank you Pfizer). She immediately grabbed her bass and her art and craft supplies and settled in for a week of introverted bliss. The boys both had it in late summer with no symptoms at all. We are very fortunate to be able to play musical chairs to have this space for quarantining. The rest of us stayed in the . . .