I remember the moment well.
About four years ago I invited a little girl over to play with my kids. Her mom dropped her off and we chatted while the kids played. Then she told me she'd be back in an hour.
About seven minutes later, apparently ...more
One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children.
In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud.
Reading to children ...more
I’ve been working from home long before we had children. I started in 2007 when I opened up my own design company with my husband and set up our home office.
There I was, free of the daily commute, Skyping into client conferences instead of ...more
Isn’t amazing how many things you tell yourself you won’t do when you become a parent?
I often made notes of other parents around me doing some pretty crazy things to get their kids to behave or how they raised their children. I sat in judgement ...more
A road trip is the best way to introduce your children to the wonders of the world. Few experiences can be as entertaining and as educational at the same time.
However, being stuck together in the back seat can be quite a challenge for most kids. ...more
This is the story behind my Flippant Birth Playlist. It seemed like a funny birth playlist was necessary this time around.
I didn’t have birth music when I delivered Flintstone at home four years ago. Being at home, I figured if I wanted to listen to music, I’d just have MacGyver put it on. Didn’t end up wanting any music anyway.
I found a little home secret on the internet a few months ago: Using Listerine for the hair. Yes-- I am referring to the mouthwash and spraying your hair with it and letting it sit for a while. After we used it...Wow! ...more
No one likes a tattletale, least of all the English language. Any and all synonyms for the title conjure up nasty images; snitch, whistle-blower, narc, sneak, squealer – all make you want to twist your face as if you’ve smelled something rotten. So who would willingly attach themselves to such a negative moniker? I guess I’m one of those fools....more
I used to be a feeling-denier.One of those parents who was quick with "You're FINE" and "It's okay! You don't need to cry!"Then I had one of those lovely Oprah'esque 'ah-ha' moments.I was telling someone about a disappointing experience when they cut me off....more
I woke up at 6:30 to kiss my high schooler goodbye and I went back to bed- a rare luxury that only happens when you schedule a dental appt at 8:45 a.m. for two of your other kids. I congratulated myself on my brilliance since I’d woken up with a headache. I set my alarm for an hour later ....more
I've read a number of posts lately where people have called mothering (or parenting) "the most thankless job in the world", and it really made me stop and think. And what I think is, that is so far from the truth. ...more
Our bloggers are great fans of American Idol from way back when the show aired 14 seasons ago! Well just so you know, it just started! Watch American Idol every Wednesday and Thursday 8/7 on Fox. Read more