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.
Rikshaw Design Pop-Up Shop
What: Tykes get distracted with face painting and music while you stock up on bohemian-chic bedding and clothes ($22-$198).
Why: Meet designer Catherine Fitzsimmons, the creative genius behind it all.
When: Fri., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Little Bean, 5308 Junius St. (214-370-9111).
Bebe Grand Labor Day Sale
What: Lines like Kissy Kissy and Magnolia Baby get marked down up to 60 percent (reg. $30-$75) to make room for fall.
Why: Don’t fret if she’s had a growth spurt — the store now stocks clothes for big girls, too.
When: Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 2013 Abrams Pkwy. (214-887-9224). Cash only.
Labor Day Picnic
What: Splash around in the fountains, then catch a concert by Deryl Dodd and the Homesick Cowboys.
Why: Take your dinner or fill up on mouthwatering barbecue with all the fixin’s.
When: Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. (214-515-6500). Tickets online at dallasarboretum.org. Adults, $20; children, $10.
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