Did I Lose Myself to Motherhood?

I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital ...more

Get Involved This Year!

It is back-to-school time! My sweet little man is going into first grade, and I learned a lot about school involvement during his first year in kindergarten. As a working mom, it is tough to always know what is going on at his school, but I have ...more

Be a Great Sports Parent!

I'm a firm believer that youth sports provide a platform for learning many life lessons. Sports programs, for the most part, help young minds grow, expand, and develop kids' confidence and talents. ...more

We Need to Change the Conversation About Parents Murdering Disabled Children

Michigan parent Kelli Stapleton recently pled guilty to poisoning her autistic teen daughter Issy. According to police reports, Kelly lured Issy into a van, "drugged her, lit the grills and left the van to get more charcoal while her sleeping ...more

Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences This Year

Even though school has just started for some, Parent-Teacher conferences are just around the corner. Here are some tips that you can use as a parent to have a more effective parent-teacher conference. As a teacher, I loved this time of the year. ...more

Family Demographics Are Changing ... and So Are Our Children's Economic Opportunities

We’ve all heard about the growing numbers of breadwinner moms (40 percent of all U.S. households, in case you were wondering), but American families are diversifying in more than one way, and recent studies show that those changes aren’t just affecting our culture: Family structure may have a huge impact on the next generation’s economic opportunities. ...more

My Daughter Wants Everything I Never Wanted and I'm OK With That

My 11-year-old daughter’s new favorite TV show is “Cake Boss,” a reality show about a bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, that makes the most extraordinary custom cakes for all occasions — especially wedding cakes, which are among their staples. Day after day, my daughter devours episode after episode, spellbound as the bakers decorate these wedding cakes: layers of vanilla and chocolate, roses and tulips, and two figures on top who uncannily resemble the real couple. Nevertheless, I’m not prepared (although I should be) for her question: “What kind of wedding cake did you and Daddy have?” ...more

There's No Such Thing As a 'Typical American Family'

The perfect American family is an idealized image. Mom, dad, boy, girl and probably a beloved and loyal family pet in there too. Father is the breadwinner. Mother is the loving nurturer who probably stays at home. This mold is reinforced by movies, TV shows and books. This family model is the nucleus of our nation. And much of our laws and policies and moral values are formed around preserving family. Welfare was first introduced as a way to encourage couples to marry. Health care benefits, tax incentives, they are all formed around incentivizing a static idea of family. ...more

Ten Great Picture Books for Toddlers

Toddlers loves books, but it can be hard to find books that are fun for parents to read over and over AND interesting for toddlers! Today I’m featuring ten great pictures books for toddlers that my family loves! Great Picture Books for Toddlers These ten books have kept my toddlers happy for hours on end – and I never get tired of reading them with them! ...more

Mud, Sweat, and Endless Tears

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY’S STORY, “The Final Muddy Miles.” I SUGGEST YOU READ IT FIRST, OR… START AT THE FIRST POST IN THIS STORY. At the bottom of the Everest ramp was a woman who had been trying to get up it, I don’t even know for how long. Seven tries ....more

Maybe the Folder Fairy can pack a lunch my 7 year old will eat

Because my 5 year old has the same teacher for kindergarten that my older 3 children had, my other 3 children think they are the expert on all things related to this particular kindergarten class....more

7 Quick Takes about cool vintage books, a radio studio in my home, and the only five things that really matter when you host a party

— 1 — I did my first radio show from my new home studio today! SiriusXM kindly set me up with a studio in my house, which I put in a corner of my bedroom. I was amazed at how little equipment there is! ...more

The Misconception of Spanking

I am not a NFL fan. I don't watch football. I am European. But the recent headlines of domestic violence hit home nevertheless. First, Ray Rice's contract was terminated as a result of him punching his fiancee unconscious (or should I say the public outcry over the video led to his termination). Then Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child....more

Fashion Friday: Edition I’m in Tennessee

Well. I’m in Tennessee. And I’m writing this straight from a hotel bed that includes a fitted bottom sheet and a multitude of feather pillows ....more

Freebie Friday | Fall Into The Fall Print Art

Fall is right around the corner. ...more

in the studio :: 80's art

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I hope your Friday is fantastic. I can't believe we're nearing the end of September ....more

7QT: then she says, “No!” but, like really sassy-like

-1- Took the kids to the park yesterday morning. There was a preschool using it (it is technically theirs). I was told I couldn’t use the park at the same time the school was using it for “safety reasons.” I get it ....more

Rare Bird: A Review

Love and loss are forever entwined....more