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

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

Every Adoptive Parent's Worst Nightmare

In August, Rose O'Donnell's daughter went missing. She was found and returned; drugs are rumored to have been involved. And then on her 18th birthday, Chelsea O'Donnell left Florida with her birth mother. O'Donnell is said to have cut her daughter off financially and is holding her daughter's birth certificate and social security card. The adoption world is in an uproar. An adoptee! Returned! To her birth mother! Whoa. ...more

5 Things Your Kids Want You to Remember After School 

School has started for some. Activities and homework will be back in gear, though sometimes I wonder if activities ever cease to slow. Before you go scheduling your Kindergarten or 6th-grader in multiple activities, keep in mind a few things from their perspective: ...more

Mission Boredom: Accomplished

Remember how I said we were going to try and make things dull around here for Caedmon to get him excited for preschool? ...more

In A Million Words or Less...

It's the first week of school and emotions are on high. We are excited, anxious but most importantly pumped that we made it to the 4th grade with little to no scars.  This year CJ's school decided to start a week earlier, before Labor Day and while it through us for a loop it was a great idea. The teachers get to spend three days getting to know each kid, while assessing how they learn in a less formal nature. There is no homework.... WAIT, let me rephrase that the KIDS get no homework but the parents do. ...more

SELL WHAT YOU KNOW AND MAKE MONEY WRITING AN EBOOK!

What would you say if I told you that you could make a real living for your family by telling other moms what you know?Sound's intriguing / too good to be true right?Well, it's not, and frankly its as easy as putting your ideas down on paper/on the screen. I'm talking about Ebooks! You know those neat digital versions of a book that you can read on your phone, computer, ipad, or Kindle....more

Why Being a Stay-at-Home Parent is Easier

 I think it is, in fact, easier to be a stay-at-home mom than a working mom.  There, I said it. Someone needed to, because really. I can say this because I have been a SAHM for 12 years, since my firstborn, my daughter, was three years old. I had my son two and a half years later....more

Things They Can’t Say

Time for the weekly round up of what you may have missed. We’re ALMOST back into a normal schedule around here after summer, but not quite....more

Decade

In August, my decade long anniversary with this blog passed unnoticed by me.Time is like that, I think.You watch things and wonder how long it will take you to get something done, or how long before the baby can talk, then walk, then be out of diapers and suddenly you find yourself standing next to a 17 year old woman who is considering colleges and you aren't at all sure how you ended up where you are.I look at my face in the mirror. I gain weight. I lose weight ....more

Maya’s a 2nd Grader!

This past Tuesday was the first day of the new school year and the beginning of Maya’s 2nd grade year. She has been a ball of nerves the last few weeks in anticipation of the start of the school year. There were so many things she was worried about from who her teacher was going to be, to who was going to end up in her class, to being upset that her amazing teacher from last year wasn’t going to be her teacher again this year ....more

Parenting by Default

Are you a modern parent? Are your kids in charge? Have they taken over the house? ...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

V and Co: Quilt Patterns for Ombre basics

The day has come where I talk and talk about our newest patterns using all TWENTY of our new Ombre Basics with Moda. I really can't gush over these enough, I've been dreaming of these for 5 years. And I feel like I just want to scream from the hilltops about them!...more