A few weeks ago, I received notice that I was “On call” to serve as a juror in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia.  The notice explained that for a 2 week period I could possibly be called in to serve.  It further requires the juror to call in every day during the 2 week period to see if your will have to report.   I called in and I was instructed to report on the first day.  As a lawyer, I am more than familiar with the process.  I have tried jury trials and I have been called to serve as a juror. ...more

The Kids Are (Not) All Right

The first debate in this presidential campaign season is remarkable not for what the candidates said, but for what they didn't say. In spite of the fact that the Presidency cannot be won without a majority of women's votes, discussion of the economy and health care was narrow and bogged down in mindless detail. Worse, Governor Romney and President Obama seem to think that anyone can show up for a job at any time, regardless of what may be going on at home. It's astounding that our candidates can be so focused on jobs and the economy and not explicitly address childcare....more

You're Not My Mother

No, I’m not.You’re not my mother.  SO STOP PRETENDING!I’m not pretending.Don’t hug me.  Don’t smile at me.  I want my mother, and you’re NOT HER.Okay.  I won’t hug you.  I’ll try hard not to smile.  I know how much you want your mother, sweetheart.  She’ll be here as soon as she can.Soon is a long time.It can be.  She would be with you every minute if she could....more

Marketing FAIL

I, like nearly every blogger who has been around for awhile, get a great many PR pitches in my inbox.99.999% of them go straight into my trash I am not interested in promoting anything for a company, nor do I care to tweet or otherwise pimp their product. One I got on Friday caught my eye. And not in a good Way. It was "Moms Against Cooties" - which is just a terrible name. It was this sentence that set my chaps on fire, however:...more

Kids With Special Needs and the Child Care Minefield

Did you know that all U.S. child care centers and home daycares have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), no matter how small the operation is? Yet parents of kids with special needs are routinely turned away from daycare, or forced to lodge legal complaints against child care providers who do not provide the accommodation their kids are legally entitled to. I recently spoke with Jana Burke, Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) ADA Center, about the rights and issues surrounding kids with special needs and day care....more

As the mom of three kids with a rare disorder, autism, and epilepsy, I went through the process ...more

Trusting Parental Instincts: Tips for Choosing a Child Care Facility/Preschool

Baby Steps There are many parts of parenting my young fellas that tug at my heartst...more

didn't mean to post yet... still working... be back soon

I am not one to get on soap-boxes (typically), but there is so much ignorance about Childcare. ...more

Child Care for Stay at Home Parents?

Not a lot of blog time today, I really shouldn't even be on here as I should be getting my kids up and ready for school, then power clean my house and pack for our exciting spring break destination of Northern Alberta!  Seriously though, we're going to visit the hubs' family and celebrate his Grandma's 92nd birthday!  Anyways, just a quick, more of a question blog post today.  If you are a stay at home parent, how often, if at all, do you use any form of childcare?  I'm not talking about the babysitter on a Friday night so that you and your significant other can ...more

What to look for in a Preschool and Kindergarten Program: A Professional Viewpoint

This week, two different people asked Me for opinions about Kindergarten. And by Me, I mean Actual Living Me, the person they know in real life. Because Real Life Me is occasionally distracted or at a loss for words, I sometimes don't answer a question as fully as I would like. Given a few hours, my brain starts to overheat and think of all the things I wanted to Say, but forgot, or got sidetracked or overheated in my opinions about something else....more

The Nanny Files: Finding the “Right Fit” for Your Family

Delusional Ideas ...more