Please Teach Your Kids About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will ...more

Say No to Visitors, New Moms!

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's ...more

Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13 years old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged ...more

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

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents....more

Your Bag Won't Always Be This Heavy, Mom

My sister Nancy tells the story about a time when her boys were under two years old and, as mothers of young children often do to keep from going insane, she visited a friend. Besides her two sons, Nancy brought along with her a backpack she carried in lieu of a diaper bag. It featured many convenient compartments and was not covered in ducklings or whales as were most diaper bags in the late nineties. ...more
MidlifeMixtape So glad your daughter is ok! It is really scary to have a medical scare...it's ...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

Apple Number Activity for 1:1 Correspondence

The students and I have been having a blast with our scented “tiny apples”! I decided they’d be a great item to use for a simple apple number activity. Are you following my Apple Theme Pinterest board? ...more

Another Journal

The seasons are changing here as the harsh, blinding rays of summer lengthen to the golden beams of autumn. ...more

How to Create a Lace Fishtail Tieback

This past week, my niece, age three, who also had such beautiful, long curly hair, was playing at a friends house when the little friend decided to...more

Think I’ll Pass on This Bargain

Apparently we have a frequent customer card here ....more

A New Twist to the Established Way of Things

When Jim taught 6-year-old Charlie to ride a bike, we never thought he and Charlie would do, as they have so far, 35,000 miles (plus)... ....more

End of the Week Wrap-Up {Week 3}

This slow weekly wrap-up is getting to be a bad habit, eh? ...more

Planning a Healthy Pregnancy with parentPRO

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OSDH...more

14 Delicious Apple Recipes

I (Polly) live deep in apple country in rural Washington State and apple harvest is in full swing…so I thought we’d do a round-up of apple recipes. ...more

September, So Far

Monday morning means the return of the pile o' packs. Waiting. And waiting some more for Leo's bus ....more

Marriage, Money, and Mario

On Friday night, we had a movie night with our kids, which has become our weekly tradition. ...more