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

Why I Don't Want Kids

As a 30 year old woman, the topic of whether or not I want kids, when I plan on having kids, and why I don't want kids has been quite popular in the conversational rounds. Actually, me being 30 years old has nothing to do with the topic, because it's been asked over and over again since I was a teen....more
I had a similar journey from wanting to have kids to recognizing it wasn't the best choice for ...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

The Myth of the Entitled Millennial

For some years now, we millennials have been the subject of countless negative think pieces, articles, and TV spots. You would think that because we're the best educated group in US history, you'd see older generations patting themselves on the back for what a good job they've done. Instead, we are told that we're lazy, entitled, self-obsessed, and a list of other adjectives that suggest that we're the absolute worst....more
Wow, Sanity Thief, this is intense. As a Humbled Seeker Gen Xer, I appreciate hearing your ...more

Does being a mom mean losing your fashion sense?

My mom tells me that one of the biggest challenges of being a mother is trying to find time for everything. I can see what she means – she hustles and bustles like there’s no tomorrow, yet balks at the idea of spending time at the mall to update her wardrobe!She’s still awesome, regardless of the fact that her clothes are probably a decade old. I’m sure many moms sacrifice their appearance for the sake of getting everything else accomplished in a timely manner. However, having a blah fashion sense can negatively affect how we feel about ourselves – imagine not wearing any makeup one day despite having worn makeup everyday for years!...more

My Top Four Working Woes

Although I haven’t worked for many companies, I’ve had several different experiences when working with others. Sometimes, the work situation wasn’t great or I dealt with challenging people whose social graces, diplomacy, and/or leadership skills, whether they realize it or not, could be improved. When I was younger, there were times I failed to be mature or conscientious in fulfilling my duties. Occasionally, I admit I’ve been mad or fed up and made unwise decisions – I’m only human....more

New Hampshire Elects Sanders And Trump: To Rejoice Or Weep?

Trending JessLahitou.jpg Jess Lahitou | 02.10.16 8:54am Rejoicing or weeping will depend on who you are, but let’s look at what happened either way. Democrats: Well… Hillary supporters got a big whiff of déj...more

A Woman President, my take...

The times, they are a changin’. ...more

The Virtues of a Beta Reader

This is a strange and wonderful stage of the process I find myself in. Not only have I pulled together a complete manuscript, but now perfect strangers are reading it....more

Gain More Order in My Day: The Plan

Last week, I shared my struggle with how my days are going and that I really want need a change. I need to not feel like I'm just bumbling through an entire day, while simultaneously thinking I haven't done anything. In essence, I no longer want to feel like I'm not accomplishing any goals or even working on them and I also don't want to 'fly by the seat of my pants'.All of this tends to end up with yelling, some resentful feelings and thoughts, impatience, and general distraught-ness....more

Are Your Friends Taking Advantage of Your Skills and Expertise?

Friends fall into two categories: the ones who respect you, your time, and your expertise, and the ones who need a gentle reminder.Last week as I was juggling three projects due in two days and getting ready to leave town, I received this screaming text:"I NEED YOU TO HELP ME PICK OUT HOME OFFICE FURNITURE TOMORROW!!!”...more

Can Alzheimer’s Caregivers Care Too Much?

Caregivers Help Those in Need Four years ago I left Los Angeles, my home for more than three decades, and moved back to my native Minnesota to care for my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Overnight my life was turned upside down....more

In Response To Judgy Assholes

I feel like for the most part I know the people who stop by here every day to read my ramblings. And I think you're good people. You're animals lovers, you can take a joke, and you're not crazy irrational internet readers ....more

Will the Court of Judicial Discipline Restore Public Confidence in the Judiciary on March 29th?

On February 7, Inquirer reporter Mark Fazollah reported another attempt to protect the old boy network from the consequences of their actions. The Court of Judicial Discipline, currently investigating whether Judge Eakin should be disciplined for sending misogynistic, racist emails, tried to enlist attorney Richard A. Sprague to broker a deal that could forestall a public trial.When former Supreme Court Justice McCaffery retired two years ago, he did so as part of a secret deal which ended the investigation of his role in the email scandal and allowed him to keep his pension ....more