How To Convince Parents Their Kids Don't Need Formal Preschool Over In-Home Childcare

Childcare providers everywhere have the same issue nowadays: Losing kids over the age of two to a brick building. That’s all it is really, a difference in the building. ...more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a ...more

About Those Things I Said I'd Never Say or Do as a Parent ... Oh, Well

Marriage and parenting are two of the most idealized life experiences. There are so many elements of growing up -- and raising people to grown-ups -- that we don’t consider. And when we do consider them it's almost always with an air of "Oh, I’ll ...more

Autism's Past, Present, and Future: An Interview With 'NeuroTribes' Author Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is not the first writer to invest a significant chunk of his life in a book about autism. But he's the first whose book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, does right by autistic people, and those who ...more

An Open Letter to Typical Parents on the First Day of School

Dear Typical Parent, Hi there! I saw you this morning at the bus stop, taking pictures of your kids in their new clothes with shiny backpacks and haircuts. My son was the little guy with a hole in the back of his shirt where he ripped out the ...more

Single Mother, Yes. Victim? Never

My daughter is nearly a year old, and how the time goes by, a river that doesn't stop flowing. I wish I could capture some little drop of the water to keep forever, but that's not how it works. And there are some polluted parts of the river that I wish could be washed clean with the rest, but they come back and haunt me from time to time. ...more

5 Ways to Do Maternity Leave Right

You have a new baby and your parental leave has begun! All those blissful weeks ahead of bonding and relaxing. My well-timed July baby meant lazy afternoons lounging by Coleman Pool and al fresco lunches with my unemployed friends. Maybe I’d finally get around to painting the downstairs bathroom. Maybe I’d take up sewing. Maybe I’d make jam or learn how to infuse vodka with the fruits of our four plum trees. Maybe I would seek help for -- what’s the medical term? Oh, right, my severe state of delusion. ...more

5 Reasons Single Moms Shouldn't Date Dudes Without Kids 

There are valid reasons why dating a Dude Without Kids (DWK) is the most awesome thing ever. But before you start shacking up with a DWK of your own, you might want to check out these words of wisdom. ...more

Friday Fandom No.4

  Welcome to Friday Fandom! ...more

Of mud and kikuyu

As I sit here typing my hands are aching - several hours with a hoe, rake and spade has left them blistered and sore. But progress is being made, albeit very slowly.Hubby was keen to get a few trees to screen us from the neighbours so we headed to a tree nursery a few weeks ago and selected five large trees - a puriri and three titoki (one particularly big), I also grabbed a Japanese maple as I love them and well, why not?...more

In Case You Need a Reminder

In case you need a reminder. God loves you. No matter what ....more

The Things They Carried

This book reminded me of how necessary it is to go out of your comfort zone sometimes. This book reminded me that, no, I don’t normal read “war books,” but sometimes you need to take a risk and read something that is not your normal genre. This book reminded me that while it may not seem like I could relate to a Vietnam war vet, I would be wrong ....more

Five on Friday

I know, not a very strong come back on the blogging, haha. I will be aiming to post more than once a week!...more

10 Things Not to Say to a Woman Waiting to Have Kids

 I understand that being a parent is pure bliss. Really, I do.Now, I may not completely comprehend the magnitude of such love until I actually become a mom, however, it’s not that unfathomable when most adults say, “it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them.” ...more

X-Men Answers and Winners!

Amazing job on the quiz, X-Men fans! Here are the stats, answers, and winners! STATS 1,134 people took the quiz ....more

Avengers Assemble For Snack Time!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Foraging and Preserving: Friends and Food

Remember this post? About how making transitions in a new town was proving to be harder than I'd imagined? Well, residency continues to give our family more challenges than medical school ever did ....more