I Won't Let My Daughter Hang Out with Boys

What would you do if your child asks if he/she could spend a few hours at a friend's house without any adult supervision? Would it matter if the child he/she was hanging out with was of the opposite sex? As a mom of a 15-year-old daughter, I have ...more

"Wow, Mama! I Like Your Boobies!"

My youngest tries to cop a little feel. Until recently, she'd be sitting on my lap for a snuggle and before I knew it, she'd have her hand pulling down the front of my shirt to peek in, her fingers reaching in. Or during story time, her head ...more

I Lost a Part of My Breast to Breastfeeding

I believe in breastfeeding. I’ve seen all of the stats. I’ve read all of the research. I know it’s what I’m supposed to do, if I am able. ...more

I'm Going Back to Work and My Kid Made Me Feel Okay About It

So, I'm going back to work. Full time. ...more

But We Grew Here

And then he said: Let’s sell the house and move to a new one. My life has not been the same since. What was my husband thinking? Fast forward seven and a half months to our accepted offer. This moving thing was really happening. What were we ...more

How Much Do Braces Really Cost? I'll Tell You.

When the twins were six, we started talking about whether or not they'd need braces. It was an interesting topic for me, because I've never had them. I was excited. By the time they were nine, we knew the direction we were headed in, so I called a few orthodontists in Texas to get an idea of the process and cost. Here's what I didn't expect to find out—it's a secret. It's like Fight Club. Seriously....more
This seems really frustrating.  Deceiving people and/or withholding information isn't likely to ...more

Plan Some Fun for Your Mom this Mother's Day

For anyone who does not realize this: Mother's Day is a big deal. It is a chance to tell your Mom how much you love and appreciate her. And for me (with the help of a little technology), it is the chance to drive her a little crazy. Let me back up a bit. I love my Mom. She is a talented woman, a fantastic writer, a hands-on grandmother who loves to try new things. She is up on her DIY craftiness as well as technology. So, I use that love of technology to drive her crazy just in time for Mother's Day. ...more

iPads are Why Your Baby Won't Get into Harvard

Your kid may be the best screen swiper of all time, able to create giggle-inducing hairstyles in the Toca Boca salon app, but all those iPad hours are keeping your child from building the skills they need for future endeavours, including fine motor skills. We've long heard about how devices are affecting social skills, but now we're also hearing about how a lack of imaginative play can affect children long-term, behaviour-wise and skill-wise. ...more
BlogHerBlogging ...and yet another reason to limit screen time for little ones.more

Wordless Wednesday: Easter goodies

Best Easter picture ever. And I'm not saying that only because it's the first time we've ever gotten a non-screaming photo with a big costumed holiday character.I'm also saying it because Alrik has unintentional bunny ears,both boys had the dirtiest pants in history due to a day sliding down hills,Mikko had spilled his drink all over his shirt,they both were covered in potty-training stickers(I give them out like candy, deserved or no),and Mikko was super-duper proud of how big he smiled.It's really just perfect!Easter morning meant finding all the chocolate eggs I'd hidden away(a family tradition I'm happy to carry on).Mikko had so much fun that he decided to hide some for us, too!This guy ate every one he found.Neither was all that great at spotting them,which means there are still plenty hidden here and there.Mikko had forgotten that Easter baskets existand was enchanted when I drew back a sheet I'd had covering theirs! One of his favorite items was something I made sure to include:Scotch tape! ...more

Caught, Not Just Taught

The thing I've learned over and over again as a mother... ...is that our children are impacted more by what is caught than was is taught....more

Squiggly Line Amazingness!

Remember when we were kids and we didn’t have iPads to take care of our boredom, so we did awesome things like squiggly line contests… My siblings and I used to draw random lines on a sheet of paper and then pass it to each other to create art from it. I had forgotten all about it until my reader Jenn suggested I do it with all of you. It took me exactly 2 seconds to decide to do it, and another 45 to draw a squiggly line and upload it! ...more

Lawrence Hall of Science

It's still spring break in many school districts around the US, so I thought I'd spend Travel Tuesday reminiscing about one of the cool places we visited over Spring Break. ...more

Fifth grade’s got talent

Well I didn’t post yesterday. Probably because I was very busy making all manner of things to use all our dyed hard-boiled eggs. Even though as I mentioned on Monday they were actually baked eggs ....more

Why My Left Foot Is In the News

My kids love watching Monsters, Inc. One of my favorite scenes is at the beginning, when Mike Wazowski, the one-eyed green monster sits down to watch a new commercial about his company. Mike appears on the screen at the end of the commercial…and is immediately hidden by the Monsters, Inc ....more

Honest Co. Diapers Review

Since I am still using disposables I decided to give Honest Co ...more

Tuesday Lovin': Bastille (the band not the prison)

Sometimes you hear a new song and you just have to stop and HEAR it, because it's so perfectly awesome on the first listen. ...more

Divine Mercy Novena Day 6

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives ....more

The 5 Things I Gained From Losing Everything...

(This story was posted on "Maria Shriver Architects of Change."...more