The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Do What You Want

I watched her seamlessly round up her four children as they splashed, swam, and dove in the pool. ...more

10 Life Skills Every Teen Needs Before College

The youngest of our five is about to be a sophomore in high school this year. And as I was reminiscing about how fast these last 15 years have gone for her, I realized that I only have a few more years left to make sure she is ready to take those ...more

7 Ways to Be an Overachieving Mom Without Doing Jack

When it comes to summer, the internet always barfs up two opposing eye-roll-worthy lines of thought for how moms should handle all the extra time with their kiddos. ...more

How to Help Your Hurting Child

My 11-year-old daughter looks like she just lost her best friend. Probably because in a way, she has. ...more

Molly Sims Just Broke the First Rule of Moms' Club

While my children beat each other to a pulp in a game they called “Who Can Tackle The Other Person From The Couch Without Causing Bleeding?”, I snuck away to my computer to play a game of “I Should Be Working But I’m Checking People Magazine Online ...more

8 TV Shows to Binge-Watch While On Late Night Baby Duty (Or, Right Now)

Last week, I chatted with some colleagues about the television shows we’ve been watching. One of my co-workers is due with her first baby in a few short weeks and therefore looking for something to watch during those 2 a.m. feedings. She took notes on all the things we said we loved. ...more

Announcing #Hatch at #BlogHer15: #HatchLabs and Next Generation Digital Media Leadership Sessions

Earlier this month, one of our Hatch Lab workshop posts went viral (!) Our #Hatchling tweens' reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's introduction to the world as a transgender woman has over 3 million YouTube views. Interested in finding out more about #Hatchlabs? We hope you (and your kids!) will register to join us at #BlogHer15 on Friday July, 17! In a true replication of our process, the labs will be led by older #Hatchlings (with adult supervision) workshopping younger #Hatchlings. Yep, you got it: the Next Generation mentoring themselves.>...more

SCOTUS to Same-Sex Couples: You Are Not Ill or Criminal By Virtue of Being Queer

When Congress passed the so-called ...more
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Jewelry for New Moms

 My days were never so good. I am more tired than ever but every day when he wakes up smiling, I get an energy booster to run my entire day. I am talking about my six months old baby. Before becoming a mom, I have never thought like this. This must be the power of motherhood, and a bond that we share; I am becoming stronger every day....more

Summertime, and the livin' is easy...

{stream of consciousness}I am, truly, the Worst Blogger Ever. I know that I am prone to falling off the writing wagon, but this time, I fell off and rolled down the hill (thanks, Savanah Guthrie, for that expression!). I have often said that when I drift away from writing that the only person I hurt is myself, and that's the truth ....more

me too.

I was so excited about my morning. My new in-real-life friend (but long time online friend) Kira and I were taking our kids to the zoo. Kira is wise and kind and gentle and funny, and I leave every conversation with her feeling as though I can breathe a little more deeply ....more

Blah Blah Blah Shopping and Summertime Fun – Chatting with Coffee in an RTT Rebel kinda way

The crazy weather all over (very hot and very dry here, in spite of the Pacific Northwest’s penchant for rain) is only proof positive that Mother Nature is on something, or going through menopause. Or both. It’s also the beginning … Continue reading → ...more

Tea Collection’s Summer Sale

I’ve been a Tea Collection for the last several years for a couple of reasons. Their clothes are high quality and wash up well and last and also because they aren’t the same old, same old that I often see in stores. Their patterns are always diverse and vibrant and they are a brand that I’m proud to put my little girls in ....more

On Otherness

We talk about Otherness a lot around here. It's not something to be applauded; it's something born of necessity. When you're a tomboy and your first-born declares her favorite color to be "sparkle," you have a choice ....more

The Problem With Autism (Sometimes) Is Calling Everything A Problem

 Please take this survey! The post begged....more


This week we are kicking it old school.Okay, 60's Old School, but still...We made our maiden voyage to the LBJ Presidential Library today. LOVED IT!! I'm a JFK junkie and LBJ falls right in line with my obsession ....more

Vaccines and Preventable Diseases - Part 1

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard a lot of the buzz about vaccinations in the past few years. The array of diseases and vaccines can be confusing or overwhelming to new parents, but many daycare centers and schools will not admit children who have not been vaccinated, or aren’t planned to be, so it’s an issue that is certainly important to know about....more