"I don’t want to be a bad mom, but I think there is something to the saying, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder.' Wanting the kids to go back to their school-year routine isn’t because I don’t love them; it’s because I do. I think it’s good for us to miss each other a little bit — as opposed to the summer routine, which includes never missing them at all because they are always, constantly, ceaselessly there," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. "These mixed emotions were really starting to make me feel like I was failing parenting. And then research came to my rescue."

"My childhood was spent in southern California, where condos were much more the norm. When we moved to Nebraska, we lived in a spacious, maintenance-free apartment," wrote local mom Shea Saladee. "I grew accustomed to apartment living. My husband, however, did not, and has let me know that since we moved in together. Now, we’re finally in a place where we can own our own home, and I’m excited — and slightly terrified."

A few weeks ago, my 5-year-old son dumped his entire toy box out onto the floor of his room. Sam was trying to find something. It wasn’t the first time this happened nor was it the first time I told him to put it all back. But the ensuing attitude and tears of misery finally pushed me to say, “Enough is enough.”

"Lucy has a very loose tooth. I didn't think it was possible at her age, but I Googled it and we're fine.

"I remember at the slightest wiggle, begging my dad to just rip my tooth out with brute force so I could get in on the Tooth Fairy's fat cash. Lucy's tooth, however, is dangling on a pathetic last thread and she won't let me even breathe near it. It's just swaying there, mocking me. And I've tried to entice her with the delights of the Tooth Fairy, but there's one little problem.

"She's too little to have a freaking clue what I'm talking about.

"Turns out, I don't either."

"We adopted our terrier-mix pup about a little more than a month ago and the nipping will not stop," this dog owner wrote. "It’s gotten to the point where the kids can barely pet her or even want to play with her because she bites them or knocks them over." Read Dog Gone Problems advice.