Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or ...more

Fading Memories of Adoption

We looked through old papers tonight, pages of them, some in English, most in Spanish, documents pulled out of a torn white envelope, each one signifying some step in the adoption of one of our three children from Nicaragua. In the papers were ...more

Sometimes Toddlers Teach Lessons

I lost it today at lunch. Like, frickin' lost it. I knew it was happening too. I could feel my frustration reaching a boiling point. I kept thinking, "Kelly! DON'T DO IT!" But I yelled anyway. Then when my toddler started laughing at ...more

It's Because of Everything, Because of Nothing

Over the past few years, the following things have been offered to us as possible "causes" for the behavioral problems we have experienced with our seven-year-old son, Harper. Most of the time the suggestions have been made in love, purely out of ...more

We Want You to Know These Things

If you’re not a member of the autism club, there are a few things that us card-carrying members would like you to know. It’s a pretty exclusive club and we realize it can be tough for those who aren’t on the inside to appreciate and understand us. ...more

Asthma: Kids with Cat Allergies

Notice your little one sneezing a lot around the family feline? It could be a warning that the kid will need an inhaler before making it to double digits. Image: anomalous...more

When Dads Care for Babies, Their Brains Actually Change

The deeper I get into mothers' rights work, the more often I end up thinking about men and fathers. While there is no dispute that women, even now, do much more of the caregiving and homemaking than men, men's lives have changed both at home and at work as a result of women's leaps in education and employment outside the home. Changes in the activity of one gender are necessarily going to be felt, one way or another, by the other....more
I applaud this article. Not only does it shed light on some of the challenges Dad's face, I ...more

Dear Teachers, Please Don’t Give Up On My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind everything you do say: You’re giving up on my kid. ...more
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Rare Disease Day 2015

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Parents: Stop putting this lesson off

My now almost two year old daughter starting swimming lessons when she was six months old. My five month old will also start young.It’s important anywhere you live, but I believe in Florida, it’s borderline neglect if you don’t teach your child how to swim. As a reporter, I covered so many drownings. One week, I did three separate ones....more

The Secret Lives of Boys - Part 2

So, basically, I had these unrealistic and completely unreasonable expectations for the men in my life.And then I got married....more

Listen to Your Mother

I’m supposed to be on vacation right now. Actually, I AM on vacation right now, hidden away on a cabin on an island with a few close friends, but I just had to share something. I recently...more

A Message From Grandmother

I had a conversation with one of my grandmothers this evening.  If we are fortunate enough, we all should take time out of our busy lives to listen to their messages.  Admittedly, we do not agree on everything.  To me, it is not important that we do.  Our love supersedes any disagreement....more

Mommy Wars - The Apocalypse

Bayside, New York, 10:33pm ...more

A Snowy Mid-Week Getaway

Maternity and paternity leave just wouldn’t be complete without one little getaway as a family. At the invitation of friends we headed up to the mountains this past week for a little cabin time. And to our sweet surprise it snowed the day we arrived, covering everything in the most beautiful blanket of white! ...more

A decade of Jay

{He was standing on a small stool. Heaven help me - I am not ready for him to be this big yet. Objects in this picture are smaller than they appear ....more

The Best Ten Minutes

My daughter keeps telling me that ten minutes of jumprope is equivalent to running for 30 minutes. Do it, Mom! You'll love it!...more

Ten Things Thankful. It’s the Little Things Edition.

This past week seemed sooo long. Weird because it was a shorter one. We traveled back from Florida Monday so the kids had only four days of school ....more