Kristen Howerton


Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. Kristen is the editor-in-chief of ShePosts, an online news magazine for women in social media, and a columnist at OC Family magazine. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.


Costa Mesa, CA

Posts by Kristen Howerton

To My Kids, on Mother’s Day
To My Kids, on Mother’s Day
As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about you. I know it's supposed to happen the other way around—you guys thinking about me—but that's just how moms are. As your mom, there are some things that I'd like you to know, and Mother's Day seems a good time to do it. Your dad and I are trying to teach you things that will help you grow and make you into tolerable teenagers and, hopefully, well-rounded adults one day. So I want you to understand these things...
15 Stupid Threats That Parents Should Never Use
15 Stupid Threats That Parents Should Never Use
"If you don't stop crying, I'll give you something to cry about." My powerful threat accomplished nothing. If anything, the tears actually increased because how scary did Mommy just sound? What is that threat supposed to mean anyway? You're crying now but you're about to cry a lot more because I am within two seconds of resorting to catastrophic violence? Of course not. It's just an empty threat. A play on words. A stupid ultimatum that does no good. So why did I say it? Why did it just roll off the tongue like that? I guess it's because I'd heard it said before.
My Family’s 10 Favorite Covers of “Let It Go” from  Frozen
My Family’s 10 Favorite Covers of “Let It Go” from Frozen
My family is officially obsessed with the movie "Frozen," even though we're now several weeks into the phenomenon. I can't drive the minivan anywhere without requests to listen to the soundtrack, especially Idina Menzel's version of the big power ballad "Let It Go" (which is not to be confused with Demi Lovato's official pop version). We saw it when it first opened in November. In January, we saw it again at the opening of the Frozen Sing-a-long. Where we sang along. All of us. We're not the only people who can't get that song out of our heads. YouTube is awash in covers of "Let It Go," and we've enjoyed watching some of them. Here are a few of our favorites.
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15 Can’t-Miss Movies Now on Netflix
Netflix made news at the beginning of the year by announcing that, due to expired licensing agreements, it had purged a number of its popular movies available for streaming. If you haven't yet watched films like Titanic, Top Gun, or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless're out of luck. Don't worry, though. For every now-unavailable Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, there are several more great movies in the streaming queue. I looked through the list of new titles and picked 15 of my favorites.
9 New Year’s Resolutions That Actually Worked
9 New Year’s Resolutions That Actually Worked
I always start this new calendar year and new year of my life with a list of things I hope to accomplish, but I rarely follow through with all of them. Everyone's that way, right? So for inspiration this year, I started looking for resolution success stories—people who made a major life change on January 1 and stayed with it all year long. Here are a few of those stories. Maybe they'll give you some ideas, and some inspiration to keep at it in 2014.
10 Rules for Raising Independent Kids
10 Rules for Raising Independent Kids
While I think the most important thing in the world is to make sure kids have parents at all, think it's vital, as moms and dads, that we try to raise independent kids—kids who will turn into productive, healthy adults. I'm all for loving kids unconditionally, but I also want to help them grow up to be responsible. I want them to be confident and courageous and self-assured. That means challenging them, even while they're young, to do things for themselves.
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