Karolyn Benger graduated from Emory University with a specialization in the Middle East. Her background in this region, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, has helped prepare her for parenting. She lectures part time at Universities, is married, and is a full time mother of two boys. In her spare time, she writes and sleeps.
My son’s tooth sits on the counter and I catch myself staring at it. I haven’t put it away with the other teeth or lost it like a few others before. I keep staring at this tooth, a sign of…his youth, a symbol of all the potential that he can become. I stare at this tooth, and I am filled with sorrow and rage. Sorrow for the pain and hurt that my son has endured, and rage for how my son has been written off by his own school. >> Read More
I was talking with a friend today about how parenting has become so hard. Everyday we see blog posts, new statistics, and another article on Facebook about how parents don’t like parenting. I…admit to being guilty of these sentiments myself. I readily admit that I used to love parenting until, six years later, I realize I am still doing the same things I have been doing all along: parks, playgrounds, constant vigilance, etc. Honestly, I thought it would have gotten easier by now. Don’t jump to conclusions;… >> Read More
My children are watching TV and I am huddled on the kitchen floor. Let’s be honest, I am hiding. I don’t want to get them another drink. I don’t want to get them something else to eat. I…don’t want to get them something yummy. Who knew the job that would prepare me the most for my future as a mother was being a waitress? To tell you the truth, I have no more patience for my two children. I love them tremendously--of course I do! I am just exhausted. I am tired… >> Read More