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

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

Fitess Expert Jenna Wolfe's Smart Tips to Get Lean in 2016

Small steps can add up to big changes and an overall healthier life. That's what fitness expert Jenna Wolfe will tell anyone who will listen. And with her new book, Thinner In 30, the busy mom of two is putting some walk behind her talk.  ...more

We're All Fighting a Battle, So Let's Be Nicer to Each Other

“Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” I’ve often heard this quote by Plato (or some variation of it) for years. Here’s the thing, though; I’ve never really put much thought into its meaning or relevance. I mean, I understood ...more

10 Tips For My Daughters on How to Dress Themselves

At preschool drop-off another mom pointed out,"Your daughter's socks don't match." I turned my palms upward in a je ne sais pas and wrinkled my nose, "Rough morning. Can’t win ’em all.”  ...more

For All the Valentine’s Day Haters

Many people hate Valentine’s Day... and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why.Image via Shutterstock Here are some you may have heard: ...more

The Great Netflix Conspiracy

The creator's of Netflix believed they were doing the world a favor when they punched the sky with their "I've got an idea" finger; they didn't consider their thoughtlessness when making this entertainment continuously available. They didn't think about the collateral damage. They didn't realize the adverse effects on creatives, who should be poured into their craft - not poured into How To Get Away With Murder....more
Ohhhhh... the humor AND truth in this! I would entitle mine, "How i watched the entire series of ...more

The Bra's Lament

I'm certain we didn’t start out like this. You were so excited. You liked my tiny rose in the middle, a minor decoration, but detail enough. A little embellishment to hide under your clothes. You liked that I was simple and comfortable. I liked your curves and of course, your taste. You took me home and unwrapped me from the fine tissue paper. Caressed me. We studied in the mirror together how we complemented each other. ...more
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Buying a house without 20% of it saved is just asking for trouble

For all you new homebuyers out there, if you are ever thinking of buying a home with less than 20% saved for your down payment, […] ...more

Friday Favorites – Mid February

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A Roman Fresco in London

From Smithsonian: The fresco was discovered at 21 Lime Street in the heart of London’s insurance district while a team from the Museum of London Archeology was doing...more

I Don't Like My Birthday Parties

  In my 41 years, I’ve only had four birthday parties. My birthday falls in the middle of August when my classmates and friends were either notoriously at camp or on family vacations, so my mother always had an excuse for skipping a kids’ birthday party. What did I know of American birthday parties anyway? We celebrated most of my birthdays with my family and my parents’ friends. Cousins or else children of my parents’ friends comprised the kids at the party....more

No Fail

There’s a saying my husband and I use when selecting a movie to watch at night; we call particular movies “no fail”. They are safe, a crowd pleaser and familiar. We chose these movies because we can turn them on, hopping in when we feel like it and play around on our iPad/iPhone while the movie is playing in the background. We can get up to get something to eat, go to the bathroom, check on our daughter and not worry about missing something and having to go back and rewind it. We can jump right back in and likely know the next line one of the characters is saying....more

Valentine’s Exchange

At our previous childcare facility they didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, so this was our first year doing a school Valentine’s exchange. Only, this Valentine’s exchange turned into party x 4 because I’ve got two kids and they celebrated on two different days (so all the kids could celebrate, given that many only attend on MWF or TTh). There are 25 kids in the class x 4 (again, 2 kids & 2 days of parties), so we needed 100 Valentine’s all together ....more

Style: Mother of dogs

Today I was having lunch with Rich (he's at home again, hurrah!), and I asked him if there is something he still wants to achieve in his life....more

A brief list of things to do while you’re bored on a long plane ride

1. Eat half a pound of fudge that you’d intended to give as a gift to your hosts. 2. Every eight minutes, try to reboot the mini television at your seat, which has been scrolling code for the past three hours. 3 ....more