I am a freelance writer and mother of three boys. Unless you have three boys you can't imagine how oddly people react when they hear that. ...
May 13, 2015
Pick your battles.
April 22, 2015
Last week I bought my very first case of bottled water. It nearly killed me. I also took this season’s first drink of water straight from the garden hose. Pretty sure that won’t kill me. (It was just a sip!)
April 10, 2015
I’ve never quite understood why parents are so reluctant to discuss finances with their kids. Knowing how much things cost compared to how much a family earns is a valuable lesson for kids in any socioeconomic class.
March 31, 2015
Today’s blog is totally trendy: It’s a DIY blog. Do it yourself! That’s right, why read someone else’s ideas or buy someone else’s painted pottery when you can do it yourself?
March 23, 2015
Despite no longer being an actual kid in the 1990s, I somehow managed to have played with seven of these of these 11 Stupidly Dangerous ‘90s Toys You Probably Owned.
March 14, 2015
Every time I say that the reason we think it's not safe to let the kids play outside unsupervised is the 24-hour news cycle, nobody ever really goes along with me. Nobody wants to let their kids walk places without a parent, or let them go to the mall without hovering around each corner. We're not letting our kids learn how to handle things on their own because we're too scared of The Bad Guy.
February 23, 2015
We're now starting to look at not only what effect the Internet has on young children, but also what they think about the World Wide Web. This New York Times piece includes kids who have some pretty interesting ideas of what the Internet is and how it works.
February 14, 2015
I wanted to bake something sweet for my kiddoes today, but I know that I usually end up eating more cookies or whatever than they do, despite their ridiculously speedy metabolisms. (I'm currently using an almost-public shaming method of losing 5 lbs. along with my friend, Allison. We regularly text each other our weight, which we'll continue to do until we reach the desired number. It helps that we weigh exactly the same and that we're only trying to get back to where we were before Thanksgiving.)
February 8, 2015
Here is a lovely tribute to a teacher/coach/motivator who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people throughout his 40-year career.
February 2, 2015
In case you haven't noticed, there's a measles outbreak in the U.S. It's kind of a big deal. So, Chris Christie has weighed in on this, and he's declared that we parents should be able to decide this stuff on our own. Cool, except why does he have to bring up the autism connection? Just to freak people out?
January 28, 2015
When the school nurse called home to say that you had puked all over the classroom floor, she might not have reached your mom on the first try. You might have had to actually wait a few hours until someone was reached, likely without the aid of voicemail, depending on your age.
November 14, 2014
There's no reason that figuring out your family's college financial aid situation should be so complicated. But it is. We're approaching that stage, as my high school senior hits "send" this weekend and applies early decision to his top choice school. Fingers crossed.