6 Great Tips to Help Exercise Happen After Baby

The other night Dave and I were chatting with a group of friends, and one couple, who is expecting their first baby, asked us what the hardest part of adjusting to new parenthood was. It's a tough question, but I said that the most difficult part for ...more

Parenting Is Work Regardless of Your Job

Lately, I feel like articles about stay-at-home parents are exploding: How they're working, too. How it's difficult to get anything done with kids around. How you have no privacy. The lists go on and on.  ...more

To All My Single Ladies: A Letter From a Young Mom to Her Single Friends

Dear friend, I know we haven't talked in forever—like 8 months. I know I forgot to send a birthday card. I know you see my blog posts and wonder how I have time to blog when I keep failing to call you for a phone date. I know it seems ...more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of ...more

What on Earth Is a Birth Plan?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Having a baby today is so much different than it was 20 years ago. When I was was pregnant 20 years ago, two birth plans existed: Vaginal delivery or cesarean. There wasn't a choice between the two. A ...more

The One Question You Must Stop Asking Your Kids

It’s unpopular but fair to say parenting today has become a helicoptering debacle. With tidal wave force, we’ve ushered in a new child-rearing style that probably isn’t doing our kids any favors in the life prep department. We’ve become nearly obsessed with our children’s diets, friends, grades, sports, and activities. And any category in which they are falling short is quickly redirected or remedied by us: their loving, devoted parents. ...more
A great point. And the alternative, "So tell me, how was it?" shows the power of open-ended ...more

Can Unschooled Children Go to College?

One of the reader questions submitted was: “Do you worry your kids will want to go to college and wonder why they can’t?” I am going to unpack this question a little bit, because to me it carries some common misconceptions about unschooling. For starters, “unschooling” is admittedly not a great name for what we do. It’s just kind of the best name we have, and I’ve heard other unschoolers bemoan this reality. ...more

The Incomparable Christy Turlington Burns Will Premiere Sneak Peek of New Every Mother Counts Documentary at #BlogHer15

Today I'm thrilled to announce yet another amazing "get" for the #BlogHer15 keynote speaker lineup: Social activist, model, and entrepreneur Christy Turlington Burns!  ...more

Hitting the High Notes

Today's in-the-car-alone-at-6am-nobody-on-the-freeway-sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-and-dance-like-a-fool songs- You should have heard me try to hit those high notes. On second thought, you really shouldn't have. I may have had a pack of dogs following my car.I love 70's music.That is all ....more

Honey & Rosemary Balsamic Reduction Dressing

We’ve been enjoying some yummy salads around here and one key ingredient is a balsamic reduction dressing. Reducing the vinegar helps with the bite, and makes for a really nice sauce straight on fresh peaches or grilled chicken, too. Here’s how I make it: I use a small 1.5 quart sauce pan and heat...more

Little Green

"There'll be icicles and birthday clothesAnd sometimes there'll be sorrow"Joni Mitchell, Little Green...more

Garden Scene

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I was Josh Duggar's Victim. {a different perspective}.

Not literally his victim but for all intents and purposes, yes, we are the same person....more

Duggar: Pedophile

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I was Josh Duggar's Victim. {a differnet perspecitive}

Not literally his victim but for all intents and purposes, yes, we are the same person....more

Best Summer Project For Kids

Best Summer Project For Kids Looking For Something Great To Do This Summer With Your Kids? ...more

how to make the most awesome afternoon snack

Get a plate and put some tortilla chips on it. It should be Tostitos Brand tortilla chips but of course that's just my preference.... Then shred some cheese ....more

Time Out: In Pictures

It started as a simple request: "Max, before you go upstairs to play, please clean up your project area."He'd been working on another one of his books: we print out pictures of whatever characters are in his book (Lalaloopsies, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Ponies, whatever). He cuts them out and glues them into a stapled-paper book, then dictates a story for me to transcribe. He's made over twenty books and it's his Most Very Favorite Thing To Do Ever ....more