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

10 Reasons Why Raising a Middle Schooler Is the Absolute Best

Here are 10 things that I love about raising a middle schooler (because it's important to highlight the elements that are not stank feet and eye-rolls): ...more

Fathers Are the Other Half of the MotherHood

"The problem with you women," the senior partner at my law firm said, "is that you say you want to be treated just like men.  But you don't, really.  You want something different." Image Credit: David Bleasdale via Flickr...more

A Message to the Moms Whose Kids Are Not Heading Off to College

I've seen so many beautiful photos on my timelines this week. Moms are sharing pictures of their children heading off to college. I've enjoyed seeing all the pics of packing, dorm rooms, and tearful farewells as you drop your babies off at the university of their choice. I'm so happy for all the Moms and young adults embarking on the next phase of their lives. But what about the Moms that aren't making that trip? I wonder how they're feeling right now? ...more

Dutch Doctor Defies Anti-Abortion Governments 

While women's health and reproductive rights in the United States are the subject of much current political debate, Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts, 49, has been taking the cause into her own hands for nearly two decades. ...more

Pretty Pretty Princess

So it seems like everywhere I look lately I see articles about what not to say to your little girls.  Don't mention that you have issues with your weight.  Don't tell them they are pretty....more

Back to School... All the Necessities and a Giveaway!

Oh the scent of freshly sharpened pencils... it gets me every time. Wait, does anyone use those in school anymore?? ...more


 The Make-Up Hug…after the exhausting temper tantrum of epic proportion begins to wane and the flailing arms and rubber-legged portion of the battle subsides, it finally arrives - that moment of inevitable collapse. It is then the bleary, tear-stained face of defeat turns your way and those sad, red eyes meet yours signaling surrender. Now they are ready for the open arms and the swaying hug of mom and her reassuring words, “I know, sweetheart, I know, it’s going to be ok, I promise.”I miss being able to make that promise....more

On the joys of being in too deep

"If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" T.S. Eliot ...more

The Staying Part

Three years ago, we were still hanging pictures on our walls and unpacking boxes. Calvin and Ruby had just started at their new school and our hearts were wide open. The scary part was over ....more

Vegetable Pasta

Recipe adapted from Pasta8 oz pasta (I used penne)4 T garlic-infused olive oil1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved1/2 t salt1/4 t pepper6 C spinach-Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 C of the cooking water.-Heat oil in large skillet and add halved tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook until tomatoes release their juice, 1 to 2 minutes.-Stir in 1/2 C water, spinach, and pasta.-Serve immediately.I really wanted to add the broiled goat cheese to this recipe, but I FORGOT TO BUY SOME ....more

maternity photos {PT 2}

My Dress c/o Pink Blush Maternity My Earrings c/o Happiness Boutique Photos c/o Christy Brown Photography Maternity photos PT 1 ...more

“Vintage Speckle” Nonstick Cookware

There’s nonstick cookware in the PW line…and I love it! It has a subtle, speckled finish so it has a little bit of a vintage look about it. ...more

20 Even-You-Can-Do-It Ideas To Initiate Sex Tonight

Can you be a Hot Mama? Today I’m part of Kathi Lipp’s amazing 5 Books in 5 Days Marriage Event! She’s featuring a different author everyday, and you can win all 5 books! ...more