Author: Rene Syler


Recently, Good Enough Mother was asked for her take on a new study by iVillage that reported two thirds of married women would rather read a book than have sex! That’s gotta be some good book there!

But what about you, have you ever had a book that was so good you would skip sex for another chapter?

We also chatted about Sandra Bullock’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Jesse James, who, during an interview with ABC News called himself the most hated man in the world. Does he really deserve the title? Or who else do you think is America’s biggest douchebag?

Check out GEM in action below!

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While yesterday Good Enough Mother was just sort of scratching her head, today she is OUTRAGED! It’s about the young woman who was trying to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Now we’re hearing that it was her father her put her in harm’s way because he has a deal for a reality television show!


Lawrence Sunderland lives with his pregnant wife and 7 kids in a middle class suburb in LA. According to published reports, he’s also broke. He says the seeds for Abby Sunderland’s journey were sown three years ago when she was just 13 (in other words this was her idea and she REALLY wanted to do it) but he also envisioned a reality show about his adventurous brood. TV cameras started filming his family about 4 months ago, though Sunderland was vague when asked what the show might be about.

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Good Enough Mother, minus the ringing in her middle-aged ears, feels pretty good right about now. See both my kids had their rock recitals this afternoon and dangit, they were GOOD! I suffered through 8 other acts, two songs per band, just to hear my offspring do their thing.

They are both part of bands organized out of the local music school. Two or three times a year, they rent a dive bar in Manhattan and the kids get to perform onstage, in a real nightclub, with real alcohol which is served to the parents. Trust me when I say, that made the day more bearable.

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Good Enough Mother cannot sing a lick but somehow I ended up on the stage at Carnegie hall! I had a chance to narrate an amazing work called Sing for the Cure, commissioned for the breast cancer group Komen for the Cure. The Resounding Harmony Choral Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Tim Seelig took listeners on a journey of all the emotions experienced by someone who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Whoa, whoa, WHOA! Good Enough Mother came across something last week that nearly made her head spin right off its precarious perch. You know that Bravo reality show, Real Housewives of New York City? Well, one of the housewives, Bethenny Frankel, had a baby last month. First, a disclaimer. I have never seen one frame of this show because I am busy BEING a real housewife, carting kids to and from school and music lessons in an eight year old car filled with trash and dog hair. However, these women are impossible to escape when they’re staring back at you from every check out line in Target.

So Bethenny had a 4 pound, 12 ounce baby girl, on May 8th, nearly a month early. Now, three weeks later, she has lost 29 of the 35 pounds she gained during her pregnancy. While GEM thinks it’s commendable to get back on that horse (or back in those jeans) this causes me more than a little concern.

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