5 Quotes to Inspire Your Parenting

I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have. I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking ...more

But Really, Quit Hating on Good Moms

I remember the moment well. About four years ago I invited a little girl over to play with my kids. Her mom dropped her off and we chatted while the kids played. Then she told me she'd be back in an hour. About seven minutes later, apparently ...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children ...more

Yes, You Can!

I’ve been working from home long before we had children. I started in 2007 when I opened up my own design company with my husband and set up our home office. There I was, free of the daily commute, Skyping into client conferences instead of ...more

5 Parenting Rules I Have Already Broken

Isn’t amazing how many things you tell yourself you won’t do when you become a parent? I often made notes of other parents around me doing some pretty crazy things to get their kids to behave or how they raised their children. I sat in judgement ...more

I'm Not an Idiot: Measles Outbreak, Vaccine Debates, and Your Name-Calling

When it comes to the vaccination debate, I don't usually "go there." I feel like we are all trying to inform ourselves make the best decisions for our families in a world full of misinformation brought to us by people more interested in power and money than the health of the general public. ...more
Thank you.  I think parents would feel very, very differently if the other 92% of parents ...more

Parenting In a Digital Age: Great Advice From a Millennial Mom

The summer before sixth grade, I got a new Tamagotchi and my very first screen name. I was now Petunia886, and as often as I could (or the phone lines would allow), I instant-messaged friends like GotMilk554, tinkered around with my Angelfire HTML coding and wasted hours searching for the perfect blinking .gif image to capture the ~*BFF-ness*~ of my friendships. ...more

Could She Be The One? My Mommy BFF?

You guys. I just had THE most perfect second date. ...more
MelissaKaye Aww! I wish! I'll take Boston any day -- even in four feet of snow. :-) And I'd love ...more

And Here's What He's Like at Three

At three-years-old, The Bairn He was thrilled by the animatronic dinosaur advertising an upcoming exhibit at the Natural History Museum. 'It's trying to tell us something," he said. loves dinosaurs ....more


I'm reading in Psalm 1 about the person who "delights in the law of the Lord" and who "meditates on it day and night." This person gains a special privilege.We're told that "whatever he does prospers."Prospers! Don't you think of wealth and success? Don't you think of some kind of gain?I'm learning to think about prosper in the sense of flourishing, growing stronger, becoming healthy ....more

February Goals

January 2015 Goals Lose 4 pounds. ...more

Sunday Styles- Super Bowl Edition!

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How Do I Stop Projecting My Own Insecurity and Fear of Rejection Onto My Kids?

On HuffPost here! Reader Used To Be Shy writes: My question is about how to keep from projecting my fears or insecurities on to my kids. For instance, I noticed my 5 year old daughter at recess at her preschool playing all alone, while most kids were in groups of two or three playing together ....more

Cabbages and Kings

The Walrus and the Carpenter From Alice Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, 1872 The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all his might: He did his very best to make The billows smooth and bright— And this was odd, because it was The middle of the night. The moon was shining sulkily, Because she thought the sun Had got no bus’ness to be there After the day was done— “It’s very rude of him,” she said, “To come and spoil the fun!” The sea was wet as wet could be, The sands were dry as dry. You could not see a cloud, because No cloud was in the sky: No birds were flying overhead— There were no birds to fly ....more

on instagram, faith, and art

i first became acquainted with bonnie gray through her writing at (in)courage.me....more