One School Bans All Hands-On Games at Recess, Even Holding Hands

Last week on my youngest son's Kindergarten field trip, I told his teacher that all Kindergarten teachers deserved a bonus. Why? "Kindergarteners are handsy!" And they are! Four different kids held my hand and pulled me to look at pumpkins and alpacas and other things. All of the kids were all up in my grill, not yet understanding the concept of personal space. I felt more touched out at the end of the field trip than when I nursed a baby through a growth spurt. I needed some time alone! All the handsy-ness is just part of a Kindergartener's learning process as they begin to learn about life and space and rules and such, right? Sure! Unless you're a Kindergartener at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in Langley, B.C. as they just instituted a "Zero Tolerance No Touching Rule." ...more
Nobody wins here. This creates confusion for the children and how can teachers possible enforce ...more

The Other Side of the Weight Spectrum: Being Too Thin

This is not a pity party. I am relatively healthy, of sound mind (albeit occasionally debatable). I love myself, I do. I practice self worth in front of my girls, never complain about my [under]weight. I am happy and free and in love with my body in front of them. Oh, I can give the performance you've never imagined. But inside my head? Ugly. Skinny. Tittyless. Meatless. You're always cold because you don't have enough meat on your bones. No one wants you. Your husband is pretending. Your girls are destined to follow the skinny path. Make them some potatoes. ...more
Thank you for writing this. Why does this have to be a tricky subject? I don't worry too much ...more

The Call Every Parent Dreads: We Almost Lost Our Son

A month ago, my son was involved in a horrific automobile accident. I won’t go into many of the details of how it happened, I’ll just say that it was the time I almost lost my son....more
I'm so glad this story has a happy ending. I've already told my girls I'm always going to ...more

Dear Writers: Success Is Mattering to Somebody

If the writer I was six or seven years ago could have sat at my desk yesterday, snooped around in my email, spied my name on the spine of a hardcover book propped up between bookends, and discovered my writing in a stack of glossy magazines, she would have taken it all as evidence that I’d finally made it. Success....more
This is awesome. Thank you for writing it. Today you mattered to me. I have a degree in theatre ...more

Finding the Line: When Life Gives You Lemons, Blog About Lemonade

One of the hardest parts about being a blogger is finding where you draw the line between venting and sharing. We all use our blogs in a cathartic way. It's the nature of who we are and what we do. Bloggers tell their story, and sometimes, your story is about the people who piss you off, or the people who hurt you, or the people who've taken advantage of you. How do we address that without crossing the line into self-indulgence? ...more
Very good advice. As someone somewhere put it once, you've got to know what belongs on your blog ...more

I Ditched the Minivan.

Our minivan came into our life by necessity. I wasn't thrilled, but I complied with the minivan acquisition as I was pregnant with my second child and knew we needed something bigger than my Honda CR-V. But three years later I came to realize something VERY important: I make bad decisions when I'm pregnant....more
@desbranmom It's a tough call - it's hard to beat the room and practicality of a minivan. I had ...more

BlogHer At Home Giveaway #3: More Swag Bags and a BlogHer13 Pass

Are you having fun, BlogHer-at-Homers?I know I am. We love, love, love your participation in BlogHer at Home, and can't wait to keep hearing from you as we wrap up the conference. We hope that your participation will expand your view of the BlogHer Conference experience, content, and community. We also hope that have been making connections with each other -- sharing your blogs, your Twitter experience, and whatever other platforms are important to you. (Instagram, anyone? Let's see those shoes....more
I hope my comment sticks this time ;0)more

BlogHer At Home Giveaway #3: More Swag Bags and a BlogHer13 Pass

Are you having fun, BlogHer-at-Homers?I know I am. We love, love, love your participation in BlogHer at Home, and can't wait to keep hearing from you as we wrap up the conference. We hope that your participation will expand your view of the BlogHer Conference experience, content, and community. We also hope that have been making connections with each other -- sharing your blogs, your Twitter experience, and whatever other platforms are important to you. (Instagram, anyone? Let's see those shoes....more
I did this two hours ago but it didn't seem to take...    To meet bloggers I follow and learn ...more

Standing Up For Chick-fil-A

The ruckus over Chick-fil-A raises the question: Who's behaving like the hater here?...more
 @KarenLynnn With respect, Karen, your comment was an attack on Christians. How would you expect ...more

The Pros and Cons to Starting a Blog

To start a blog or not to start a blog; there are certainly pros and cons to having a writing space online. Momo Fali outlines all the tradeoffs to starting a blog, from the time it takes to do it well to the connections you make with people you would have never met otherwise. If you don't have a blog, you'll want to read this before you start, and if you do have a blog, you'll want to read this to commiserate. ...more
 @Momo Fali Thanks! :)more