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.
The Little Monogram Shop
What: Send her back to school in style with backpacks, totes, and other accessories ($20-$30).
Why: Insulated lunch boxes keep midday snacks cool.
When: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: 106 ½ N. Columbus St., Alexandria (703-549-3777).
What: Diana Ross and a star-studded cast ease on down the road in this free screening.
Why: You’re still a little nostalgic for Michael.
When: Sat., 5 p.m.
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets at 202-399-7993 ext. 2 or online at vendini.com.
Kids’ Fun Run
What: Fleet-footed tykes show off their stuff in a short race.
Why: Finally, an outlet for your toddler’s unlimited energy.
When: Sat., 8 a.m.
Where: Kentlands Market Square, Kentlands Blvd., at Market St., Gaithersburg. More info at 301-926-6636. Register online at signmeup.com. Cost is $12.
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