How Kate Winslet Taught Me I'm Not Showing My Daughters the Right Things About Body Image

Recently, I’ve started to see my daughters’ bodies changing. Not quite puberty yet, but a little rounder here, a little curvier there. Yep, it’s almost time to have “the talks” in my house. I’ve done my best to protect their body images. I never talk about diet, although they rarely see me eat bread or pasta (seriously, goes right to my hips), try not to complain (to them) about the wrinkles and sags, and never complain when my jeans feel too tight. ...more
Great post. It's funny, but in the end our children are more likely to become who we are than to ...more

Everybody's NOT doing it

I have spoken candidly about my sex education in the past. And, as sporadic as it may have been, it is nothing compared to my Mother's introduction to the topic, which took place when a nun drew a giant penis on the blackboard with pink chalk (because, really, what other color chalk would you use?)....more

To My Son as You Graduate - Words of Wisdom I Hope You Ignore

The time is short now. Your cap and gown have been hanging in the closet for weeks. Your announcements have been sent, and today you finished your final exam. High school is almost over. Even though 18 years is a lifetime for you, for me it has been a vapor. Suddenly I’m scrambling to think of last minutes lessons I might have forgotten or words of wisdom I’ve failed to impart. There’s still time, right? But the thing is, I’m blank. We are proud of you and we love you. I’m not sure what else to say....more

Advice for Kate Middleton: How to Raise a Princess

Sunday will be my 20th Mother’s Day. Our daughter turns 21 in June. So I know a little something about raising a princess.Kate Middleton has been a mother for 21 months and I’m sure she is a great mom to that cutie pie Prince George, but she is about to enter a whole new realm (so to speak) as the mother of a daughter....more

The Chronicles of Insomnia: A Journey with my Tween Through the Land of No-Sleep

When my daughter Anna was a baby, she slept like a baby....more

Mobile Education Games for Children

No more teachers, no more books is the siren song of summer, but chances are you'd prefer your kiddos hang onto at least a shred of their education over the warmer months. If you were born to homeschool you're all set. But if you look at the new math and cringe it pays to seek out some summertime support....more

Why it's OK to Trust Your Children

I agree, we need to trust children but the balance is hard. For me the challenge is online ...more

The Best Personal Finance Books for Moms

If you haven't come up with a practical and wonderful gift idea for your Mom yet, here are the best personal finance books for Moms. Books are always great gifts for everyone and why not to get your Mom something that inspires and helps her in her life.The best personal finance books are inspiring, empowering and educational.  ...more

Losing The Baby Weight

"Wow. You don't look like you've had four kids." I've heard that before. I suppose it's meant as some sort of compliment that I've somehow been lucky enough to have survived four pregnancies without my body being completely destroyed. It's true that I never had  a lot of trouble "losing the baby weight". I might weigh a good ten pounds more than I did before my first pregnancy,  but I think that has more to do with hitting my forties than any lingering postpartum pounds. I did, after all have my first baby more than eighteen years ago. ...more
Wow, it was such a battle for me to lose the weight post-childbirth. Luckily I found some great ...more