Lessons in Motherhood

When your children are born, you dream they could be president someday. By the time they’re teenagers, you just hope you can keep them alive and out of jail until they’re 21.

There’s no question that motherhood definitely changes your perspective and teaches more than

a few unanticipated lessons along the way.

As I prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day relieved that both my sons made it past 21 and apparently

without criminal records, I’m also grateful they continue to tolerate me with humor, patience and

love despite numerous failings as a mother and the untold number of ways I’ve embarrassed

them – and myself.

I used to think that what I most wanted was for them to think I’m a “cool” mom. That dream

died in the teenage years. Now I’m just happy when they answer my phone calls.

Regarding the jail issue, I should note that my eldest son is a police officer and No. 2 son

definitely is not. The cardinal rule in our family is No. 1 is not allowed to arrest No. 2. If this rule

has been tested, I really don’t want to know: It would ruin my Mother’s Day.

However, there are a few things I would have preferred to have known before I began this

bewildering journey named motherhood. But I suppose the species would have died out almost

immediately if mothers realized what was ahead.

When I think about the many lessons I‘ve learned as a mom, most seem to involve embarrassing

myself. For example, heat rash and chicken pox are not the same thing, or so I was informed the

day I rushed my toddler to the pediatrician’s office in a panic.

I’ve also learned that planning ahead is important – as is being careful who you blame if

the plans don’t work out. This valuable lesson occurred one Mother’s Day when I berated a

restaurant hostess for losing our reservation for 17. We were eventually seated and enjoyed a

lovely meal. Still slightly miffed, I returned home to a phone message from another restaurant

where I actually made a reservation. They were holding a very large table for us. I hope they’ve

let someone else sit there by now.

Speaking of memorable dining experiences, I will never forget the reaction from my son, his 4th-

grade classmates and their teacher when I pulled a beer out of my lunch bag instead of the cream

soda I thought I packed to chaperone a field trip to the New Hampshire Statehouse. I learned this

can be a good indication that it's time for a vision check.

The need to be more cautious about the things you yell also was a valuable lesson. I learned this

the day my 4-year-old strolled into his father’s home office to say goodbye before preschool and

I yelled after him: “Are you wearing underwear?” Neither of us realized Dad was conducting a

telephone interview at the time. Not surprisingly, the woman at the other end of the line quickly

ended the call. As you might imagine, we were most relieved when this child grew out of

his “commando” phase.

Asking a fellow football parent if we would be having sex in a bowl taught me it’s safer to 1)

never speak to another parent but if you must, 2) don’t repeat any phrases learned from your


I cannot adequately describe the look from the rather shy and religious man. Finally he

stuttered: “Excuse me?”

“I asked if we were going to have sex in a bowl next week,” I continued cheerfully.

His face darkened. “I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Sex in a bowl? That dessert you and your wife always bring to the dinners the night before the

football games?”

“I call it Heavenly Delight,” he said as he hurried off. I was so mortified I couldn't stop giggling.

Initially, No. 1 son was very upset that I revealed his team’s secret name for their favorite desert.

Now both sons find too much of their own “heavenly delight” in regaling anyone who’ll listen

with exaggerated renditions of this tale.

But I don’t care. At least they’re talking about me --and that’s pretty cool in itself.

5 New Year's Resolutions to Make Every Year

With every new year comes a clean slate and the opportunity to make your next 365 days as meaningful as possible. What are some of your resolutions? We came up with some ideas for resolutions for this year and every year after.

From our OGTV family to yours, Happy New Year!

Keep reading... Show less

Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

** As we wind down to the final days of this difficult year, OGTV is tipping our hat to all of the essential workers on the front lines with this uplifting story about a New Jersey man who has found a way to do this difficult job for years, even without his eyesight! **

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

Keep reading... Show less

How to Reduce Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness - Ask The Doctor (E7)

During these incredibly stressful days, OnlyGood TV is excited to launch a new series - Ask The Doctor - that explores the questions and provides guidance for finding the road to achieving emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellness.

Hosted by Dr. Stacy Berman, each episode will help you navigate through these rough times and find your way to a happier and healthier life. Feeling lonely and isolated during quarantine? In this episode, Stacy reminds us that we are all wired to be part of a social community and offers a simple, self-soothing exercise to fill that connection gap that we are all experiencing.

Keep reading... Show less

Are You A Christmas Trivia Expert? - Not Your Average Joe

Everyone could use a few more smiles in their daily lives…and watching a funny video will often do the trick! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life fun, more manageable, happy and stress free!

Joe Leonardo is an improv actor from New York City. For our new "man on the street" series, Not Your Average Joe, he traveled through Times Square asking New Yorkers trivia questions about Christmas! Check out this hysterical video and see which city pedestrians know their facts and which don't... Keep track of your own answers too! Happy Holidays!

Keep reading... Show less

Chefs Honor Sailors and Their Families With a Holiday Feast to Remember (Random Acts of Cooking E1)

What would be a unique way to honor the service of 400 hungry sailors and their families for the holidays? You contact Chef Plum, have him round up his crew of top flight chefs and grill masters, bring in enough food to feed…well…the Navy, spice it up with a dash of top flight entertainment, and you have all of the ingredients for a memorable evening of food, love, and family!

Keep reading... Show less

Sullivan the Therapy Dog Helps Make A Christmas Movie - Sullivan's Travels

** OGTV is celebrating the first day of winter and the holiday season by inviting you to join a golden retriever named Sullivan on one of his many adventures. **

Do you ever wonder what a day in the life of a therapy dog is like? In the OGTV Original Series "Sullivan's Travels," a golden retriever therapy dog named Sullivan Travolta takes us along with her as she assists folks in all kinds of settings. Having been trained at Project Chance in Jacksonville, Florida, Sullivan provides support and happiness to kids and adults in schools, nursing homes, classes, and any other program where she's needed.

Keep reading... Show less

* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube


Get your Only Good TV Newsletter