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. ...
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 10, 2015
Don't tell my boss, but I have been recently become riveted by this awesome Owl Cam.
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 5, 2015
We're not quite sure what's causing girls to enter puberty earlier they used to, but this doctor seems to have some good ideas. No matter what the cause, reducing the number of sugary drinks our kids consume is a good start.
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.
January 16, 2015
My oldest dude was an impressionable baby when those crazy Teletubbies first appeared on our TV screens in the late 1990s. Mother and son were equally mesmerized. We watched it every day. (These were the olden days, when we had no On Demand or DVR, and actually didn't even have a DVD player, so we watched according to the TV schedule.)
January 4, 2015
What's missing from this story -- about a 17-year-old girl's fight to opt out of chemotherapy -- is what her prognosis would be if she does the treatment. Knowing that information would shape the way I think about this.
December 28, 2014
I didn't want to agree with this story about cafeteria lunches being better for our kids than brown bag lunches, but I kind of have no choice.
December 26, 2014
My column appears in print today, which means I'm receiving lots of really nice emails from readers. I'm humbled by the thought that many readers feel they know me after reading about my life as a mom over the years. Wishing you comfort and joy as we wrap up 2014.
December 20, 2014
The line at Kohl's today was a lot like the line I stood in at Town Hall with my mom in 1976 to get a swine flu shot. But unlike the people waiting for their potentially life-saving shots, the people waiting in line to buy a $23.99 Disney Frozen Olaf plush toy could choose to leave. Like I did. Except they didn't.
December 14, 2014
I finally got around to checking out the free ice skating at Bushnell Park today. Since I dislike being cold and am not a big fan of winter, it's taken me years to go.
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.