My Twins Are Not Circus Animals :: 3 Ridiculous Things to Ask Moms of Multiples

Dear random stranger, You know when you go to the circus and you see the animals in the cage, it's different than seeing them at the zoo. It's not like you haven't seen at least 400 Bengel Tigers in your life, but when you see the circus tiger, well.. That's got to be the most AMAZING THING you've ever seen! Right?! ...more

An Atheist Christmas

Some of my friends may not be happy to hear this, but we've been keeping the Christ out of Christmas for years. If you weren't aware, both my husband and I are atheists. You might think celebrating Christmas is a bit of a quandary, but I've never struggled with it. Once we had children, it became more complicated but I wasn't willing to give up the magic of the season. Some of my best childhood memories are of evenings snuggled near the tree, munching cookies and warming our hands with hot chocolate....more

Unplugging: Helping Your Children Reduce Their Screen Time

Technology is a part of children's daily lives, but should it be a part of their nights, too? The data, according to a paper recently published in JAMA Pediatrics, suggests that the answer is no. Researchers analyzing hundreds of studies on children and teens between ages 6 and 19 found a strong correlation "between access to or the use of devices and reduced sleep quantity and quality, as well as increased daytime sleepiness."...more

10 Tips to Keep Your Sanity With Children

I see the looks, I see the stares, and I see the head nods counting 1,2, and 3 and then back again with them stopping between my 15 month old and my 2 month old. Hold up, those can’t both be hers! That’s two babies! And they are certainly not twins! And then they look up at me with a half way smile. Their thoughts are written all over their face…Bless her heart. That is one CRAZY LADY! And I completely agree! Having 3 kids 4 and under is completely crazy....more

Has Kids. Is Shy.

It’s nearly the festive season and the school holidays.  It has been three months since my daughter started Big School and I re-entered Playground Society. I say re-entered because my daughter attended the school nursery last year, so I had a taster of what playground life is like. Now, this isn’t a piece about parent playground politics (although, blimey, what the hell, how do you ever navigate that one?!). This is a look at how shyness affects me as I morph into a school parent and as I continue to seek out other parents like me – shy parents....more

Parenting Humor: You Call That Homework Help?

  Parenting is a trying yet rewarding job. You have plenty of ups and downs. Some days you feel rewarded, it leaves you beaming with pride. Others are a challenge, leaving you to hide in a closet with a pint of ice cream. In between, you find ways to amuse yourself. The following anecdote from about five years ago is one such occasion. So, I sat at the table with my daughter, helping her with homework. After zipping through her math assignments, the time came for…dun dun dun…spelling words! ...more

15 Creative Ways For Children To Express Gratitude

According to numerous scientific studies, gratitude is one of the most important ways for us to get a happiness boost and provides us with so many wonderful psychological, physical, and interpersonal benefits. It improves our health, reduces stress, and helps us focus on the positive. Stepping back and being thankful for what we have gives us energy, inspires us, and transforms us. It helps us realize that life is truly a gift....more

Ten surefire gifts for any mom on your list this Christmas

Well, Thanksgiving week has finally arrived.  I don’t know how that happened, it was summer about a week ago, but suddenly the leaves are all falling from the trees and I am staring down the barrel of making dinner for 20 on Thursday.Between mouthfuls of what will hopefully be the most delicious bird anyone in my family has ever eaten, we will inevitably discuss Christmas and what is at the top of everyone’s wish list this year....more