Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of ...more

How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...more

If You See My Teen Doing Any of These Things -- Tell Me!

These days of parenting are different, aren't they? We're on a hair-raising new frontier of child-raising that grows more technologically complicated and confounding with every new iteration of "iDevice," social media platform, and social sharing ...more

When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards could be shared this week. His little sister danced around behind us, waiting her turn at the Pinterest wheel of DIY. And I was about to lose my mind. ...more
phyllismyung redshutters I remember so much more focus on Valentine’s Day when I was younger. ...more

Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft projects for their kids to make at school, and meticulously assembling gumball dispenser valentines for their kids to hand out to their classmates. ...more
That is what I did too, Dollar Tree Valentines boxes and last night I had about an hour of my ...more

9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else staying at 24-hours. Only then, we might feel like we really had a chance to get caught up. ...more

Please don't yawn in front of me

Full disclosure: I just yawned while typing that title. Here's the thing: I am very susceptible to yawning. If I see someone yawn in front of me, I am going to yawn back at them. And when I do, I really hope that they are not also susceptible to yawning, otherwise we have entered a very dangerous yawning loop from which no woman can escape....more

It's big.

Let's chat today! (Click on photo) ...more

the rest of the Eyre visit...

It was pretty much a non-stop party while my brothers and sister and their families were in town for Max's farewell. ...more

Grapefruits for breakfast

We are in the desert! Last week we flew away from the snow and the cold, and three hours later arrived in beautiful Palm Springs. Well, Rancho Mirage, to be exact ....more

Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club~ Day Excursion in Cozumel Mexico!

Cruise Excursion~ All Inclusive, Beach Day Fun ...more

Growing Up With a Disability: The Middle School Years

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Tonia Christle from Tonia Says for a blog series titled “Growing Up With a Disability.” Middle school is difficult for everyone, but it can be especially trying when you’re growing up with a disability. I encountered several problem areas in my middle school years, all of which had more to do with being disabled than they did with it being a hard age. I covered the Early Years and the Elementary Years in the previous posts, but perhaps your child is beyond those stages and has entered into the tumultuous and hormone-filled middle school years ....more

Productive week...

My dad has been visiting for the last week and he went home today - sad day. Somehow I've convinced him to come out every spring for the last four years and even in my very pregnant state, he was willing to come help on some projects - even when I wasn't nearly as helpful as I've been previously. In the past I've had grand ideas (like...let's build a barn door, a 12 foot entertainment center or a large shed...when neither of us had any experience in anything of the sort!) But my energy and mobility aren't quite up to par - so instead of starting a new project, he helped further our already half-way through lawn project ....more

I Miss Labor

When the dates were rapidly dwindling towards my due date back in 2014 I had heard every story. Every awful, terrifying, "I hope this doesn't happen to you" birth story. One mom even told me that they either had to break her pelvis or break the babies arm to get him out...no joke ....more

Coming soon to a city near you (maybe)

Well if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to over the last couple of days, I’ll tell you. Trying to get over this. Nothing in my life really prepared me for that ....more

In My Father’s House, There is Support

This is a post sponsored on behalf of Bentonville Film Festival....more