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

9 Kids' Board Books That Won't Feel Like Bored Books to Parents

Before I had Ella, I didn't I realize how many weird children's books are out there. I had images of us happily reading for hours, tickled pink by the wide array of stimulating prose and lovely illustrations we would encounter (okay, that's a little much). I was mostly thinking about the classics, like Goodnight Moon, or The Runaway Bunny. While we have had a lot of fun reading together, I've realized that a lot of kids' books are just plain boring or annoying! And, of course, those are often the ones they decide to become obsessed with, right? ...more

Some Men Believe Their Kids Deserve More Than the Kids Of Working Moms

I worked for a man who talked a lot about how hard he had to work to make enough to keep his wife home with their daughters and how important that was to him. I took the job because it offered early morning hours (from 4 am – 12 pm) that allowed with me to be with my kids the majority of the day. After working for the man for more than six months, I put in a written request to leave early three days a year, so I could continue to be a room mother in my kids’ classrooms and volunteer at the Halloween, Holiday and Spring party each year. I was dismissed the next day without explanation....more

How Do I Get My Kid To Sleep in His Own Bed?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Our son is almost 4 and still sleeps in bed with us; right there between my husband and me. It’s awful. No one's getting any good sleep, and sex is basically out of the question. How can we gently take back our bed? Signed, From the Edge of the Bed ...more

How To Protect Your Books From Silverfish, Sun, and Dust

For us bibliophiles, our books are some of our most prized possessions. We have spent years collecting just the right books to cultivate our dream shelves. We own books of sentimental value, of monetary value, and simply because they’re rad and fun to read. Our bookshelves are our treasure, and we have to defend them against the enemies who try to infiltrate our fortress. Three of the most common enemies are: Silverfish, sun, and dust. Silverfish...more

Create It Thursday #122 (Plus Features)

Welcome to the first Create It Thursday of September! So glad y'all were able to share such great creations...more

Branch needs a name

Such a faceLondon, ONAugust 2015To share your own monochrome Thematic, head here Occasionally we see things that make us do a double-take, and this forlorn remnant of a once-vibrant tree would easily qualify.It sits just off of a busy bike path, and while I stared at it and wondered what kind of animal it looked like, more than a few cyclists stared as they rode past, probably wondering what I had been smoking. A couple of them even doubled back after a few minutes - I'm sure they thought I was up to no good. The doubts of strangers aside, I had to stretch a bit to get this shot ....more

Better Blueberry Containment

I have a challenge for all you inventor-types out there: ...more

Easy Wednesday

Freshly picked lemons in a Corsican village, 2010.Damjana ...more

But If Your Treasure Is Christ

These words have been rolling around in my head for a few weeks now...some of the more burdensome weeks I've known in recent days. Burdens come in different forms, and for that I'm grateful that I'm not experiencing physical pain or loss of a loved... To read the entire post and enjoy other features, please visit the GraceLaced ....more

Wardrobe Wednesday:

*This post is sponsored by Opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the companies that keep going! My boys are literally growing 1/4″ a week right now ....more

Motherhood: Tackling After School Chaos

I have had such conflicting emotions lately. When the kids leave for school, I clean and work on projects while the babe sleeps or plays. And while I work, I think with glowing fondness of my cute family and I count my blessings ....more

All the…. small things

I was talking to a friend of mine the other night at a Winter Guard Event. She was relating a story about how she had written a note to her daughter’s staff listing the items – the only items, her daughter was allowed to purchase that day. Her daughter added an item to that note and handed it in hoping no one would notice the addition....more

"Tea" Time

We live in Texas and Blue Bell ice cream is a BIG deal in Texas. ...more