Ask a mom how she’s doing after a day of diaper changing, toy wrangling, and food-fight refereeing, and she might not find the words.
Unless she’s Melissa Sher. The mother of two invents vocabulary about the nuttiness of child rearing and posts it on her website, Mammalingo.com. The Webster’s Dictionary of mommy blogs, it delivers an entertaining slew of made-up phrases and definitions.
Among our favorites is telephony: when a child pretends a household object, like a banana, is a phone. Better yet, bangover: the headache caused by a little one clanging pots and pans.
We love the humor mined from everyday scenarios. But it’s also a relief to see we’re not alone in cursing the UPS guy who rousts baby from slumber (a troublewaker) or the husband who can’t give the Flip a rest (he has camcorditis).
Sher publishes submissions from readers, so anybody can join the, er, momversation.
Nobody else really wants to hear about how you solved Junior’s sleep issues.
But we do. Find us on Facebook.
Muckykids Art Studio
What: Petite Picassos (ages 1 and up) let their imaginations fly with beads, dough, clay, and more.
Why: His glittery masterpiece will look perfect on the fridge.
When: Book now for the fall session beginning Sept. 14.
Where: 1776 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (617-354-0540). Register online at muckykids.com. Cost is $150-$225.
What: Check out one-of-a-kind fountains made of lava, bamboo, and other unusual materials.
Why: Woodland creatures wet their whistles at artist Nate McCullin’s birdbaths.
When: Thru Sept. 7. Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham (508-877-7630). Adults, $8; children, $4; under 3, free.
Life Is Good Festival
What: From the Laurie Berkner Band to Ziggy Marley, there’s something for everyone’s ears.
Why: Unwind with a game of tug-of-war.
When: Sept. 11 & 12, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton (781-828-3276). Tickets at 877-435-9849 or online at lifeisgood.com. Adults and children 13 and up, $50; children 6-12, $10; under 6, free.
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