I Just Need 21 Days For This to Stick (Beyoncé Told Me So)

It was our great philosopher in a bowler hat, Boy George, who said it best when he sang: Time won't give me time. It's one of those hard truths working mothers (hell, all mothers!) know too well.And for us WAHMs ... listen. The juggle is real.  ...more

In Adoption, Love Means Never Having to Say You're Grateful

“Thank you for being my mother.” “Yeah, thanks.” “Thank you.”  ...more

The Day I Met My Son

Yes, you read that title correctly: I now have a son ... This story started a long time ago. Decades. It begins with my sister. She and I never really got along. As a child I idolised her. She found me annoying. She was popular, gorgeous and ...more

One Mom's Honest Reaction to Her Son Coming Out as Gay

Originally written on October 7, 2015. I had no answer to the question. I didn't think I'd need one. So let's backtrack a little bit: A little over 15 years ago, our first, beautiful baby boy was born. We couldn't wait for him to talk. Then ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Do You Really Need to Know Why They're Crying? (Spoiler: Nope.)

New parents have it rough sometimes. Babies cry -- a lot. I've often found myself thinking it'd be so much easier if my little one could just tell me why she's upset. Then I could fix the problem and everything would be wonderful, right? Wrong. ...more
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5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
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What Kinds of Therapies Actually Help Autistic Kids?

At two-and-a-half, my autistic son spoke more often than several other kids in his regional center-funded speech and language class. Two years later, several of those kids talked non-stop, whereas my son continued to speak only occasionally, and mostly kept his own counsel. We parents of those kids constantly compared notes, as parents of autistic kids often do, about the differences in our kids' speaking abilities. Which different therapies and interventions were our kids receiving? How did they make a difference, and why? ...more
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Golden Days

  Those last days of Autumn. Cold is already in the air, but when after a rain shower, sun breaks through, the light is still golden and warm. Working inside, snuggling up with books and magazines. Reading blogs and dreaming about setting up for Christmas in a week or two....more

Black Friday: Stella & Dot

So so so exciting! The Stella & Dot Black Friday sale has started early, and it’s a good one! Get an additional 25% off sale items–which includes tons of best sellers and so many of my favorite pieces ....more

10 Non-Traditional Things I’m Thankful For

This time of year we all read lots of lists on what we are thankful for, or should be thankful for, but it’s not often I run across a list that’s a bit more non-traditional. In exercising my entrepreneurial spirit, I offer up a list that’s slightly different. It contains things that save time, make life easier, more enjoyable or simply better than it was a few years ago ....more

A grateful heart: Baking with Marm

When I was little, we lived next door to my grandparents for awhile. On Thanksgiving, I remember traipsing the few hundred yards over to watch my grandma and mom in the kitchen, the sound of parades and football blaring, and begging, sometimes successfully, to play my uncle’s Atari or Nintendo....more

So much to be thankful for

I can't believe it is here again. Thanksgiving. ...more

busy day.

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How to Have a Happy #Thanksgiving

1. Wake up and think of all the things you're grateful for.2. Continue to think of all those things all day long, even if a family member makes you want to throw the gravy across the room.3. Try to keep smiling and try not to stress eat..4. When you are away from your family who may or may not annoy you, watch your favorite TV show or do your favorite hobby, like reading or scrapbooking or woodworking or WHATEVER. Try not to comfort eat.5. Consider going for a walk after dinner.6. Check out these awesome Thanksgiving crafts my kids made at their homeschool co-op ....more

Simple Thanksgiving Art with Pumpkin Seeds

The preschool kids have really enjoyed our colorful pumpkin seeds this fall. Because of their interest, we’ve come up with a variety of activities using the seeds! During centers one day, we decided to use them to make some very simple Thanksgiving art! ...more

Happy Thanksgiving

Here followeth a Casa de Crazy Thanksgiving Day Tradicion: We hope you have a pleasant, tasty,mellow, comfortable, not-at-all-contentious Thanksgiving day if you are in the USA and an all around good one if not in the USA ....more

Six Simple Techniques to Be a Kick-Ass Positive Parent

Connection. It’s a Positive Parent’s Superpower.It is the only reason kids give up what they want to do and do what you want instead. They trust you and don’t want to disappoint you.If you strengthen your connection parenting becomes a lot easier.You want to raise a child who is kind, happy, cooperative and self-disciplined. And you want to trust your child to do the right thing as a teenager....more