Jane Goodwin

I am an absent-minded professor, an empty-nest mommy, an internet social media watchdog/liaison, a professional writer, an education advocate/critic, and a speaker.   I do not suffer fools gladly, and I don't think you should, either. I believe in proper public behavior, good grammar, and fairies.  I loathe political correctness, euphemisms, smokers, and people who let their kids run wild in public.  I have not yet given up on my childhood ambitions of being an astronaut and a ballerina, and people with no sense of humor are very, very, very boring. 

I love to bake (bread machines are for sissies), sew, quilt, read, and sing along to all kinds of music - especially Broadway, and except country. However, just because I DO sing doesn't mean that I SHOULD. My apologies to all within hearing distance.

Children are first. We are last. Period.

My Blogs

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
Teaching and encouraging a child to hate?  My mind is blown.  No.  This is not how it's done.more

We ARE Pregnant: Why Mila Kunis Is Wrong

When Mila Kunis made her rant about men with pregnant mates saying “we are pregnant,” I heard a collective cheer from mothers and mothers-to-be from every end of the universe. And while I understand the difference between being pregnant and being WITH someone who is pregnant, I have to say that I don’t agree. Many men and wives of doting husbands would beg to differ as well. ...more
I am pregnant, and WE are expecting.  (I'm not pregnant.)more

BlogHer Is For Women. Not Just Some Women.

You know, so many websites and conferences and literature and whatnot that welcome women of, how shall I put this, a 'certain age,' are very condescending even when they don't realize it....more
Denise and Elisa, you are both so kind.  Thank you in advance for missing me. I'll be following ...more

Why "Mommy Juice" Scares the Hell Out of Me

I remember crying when I first saw When a Man Loves a Woman in the theater as a high schooler. I cried in reaction to Meg Ryan's character's helplessness [recklessness as a mother], and then her empowerment through sobriety; I cried about the love the film portrayed, and the relationship that was forever altered. I had yet to taste my first drink. ...more
I have never heard of "Mommy Juice," but I do have a real problem with a parent or caregiver ...more

Does My Husband Have to Spend Mother's Day With His Mother?

Dear TMH, Mother's Day is coming up, which would be wonderful in theory. A day to sleep in and be treated like royalty, right? However, my MIL lives nearby, and that raises some issues. Am I obligated to spend the day with her? She seems to expect us to do something with her, and I don't really want to do that.  My husband is caught in the middle, because he wants to make us both happy. But hasn't she had her share of Mother's Days?Help!Signed,It's MY Day, Dammit...more
It's Mother's Day.  Are you his mother?  No?  Then he owes you nothing on Mother's Day.  He ...more

The 10 Worst Prom Dresses of 2014

Scrolling through some popular prom dress sites today, I witnessed crimes against fashion, not to mention propriety. I saw perfectly adorable trends like peplums, neons, ruffles, and pastels massacred in cold blood. I saw highly dubious trends like Dynasty-esque beading, cutouts, ruffles, and the inexplicable (to me, anyway) pageant-ish ballgown look cross the line from tasteless to felonious. And—oh, the humanity—THE COST. Yes, cold hard cash is the motive for these crimes. ...more
I have always wondered why liking something is not passing judgment, but disliking something is ...more

Science Fair Snag: How Much Should I Help?

My daughter is in fourth grade, which means she's an elementary school big kid. Things change in fourth grade. You get to do the school spelling bee. And the science fair. Or rather, you and your parents get to do the science fair....more
@MomKozz BlogHer I am horrified.  Bad, bad teacher!more

Science Fair Snag: How Much Should I Help?

My daughter is in fourth grade, which means she's an elementary school big kid. Things change in fourth grade. You get to do the school spelling bee. And the science fair. Or rather, you and your parents get to do the science fair....more
Oh hon, there are SO MANY really good, interesting, and fun science projects that even small ...more

6 Tips for Teaching Handwriting to Young Children

A child's success in handwriting depends on their fine motor development. Fine motor muscles are the muscles in our hands and fingers that are responsible for the small muscle movements used in cutting, drawing, and writing. ...more
I am genuinely frightened of any and all teachers, administrators, and parents who don't see any ...more

Hands-On Gifts for Your Budding Scientists

I'm all for fun toys that let kids be kids, but if you give my kids something awesome that also happens to teach them a thing or two, you're pretty much the bee's knees in my book. (Sidenote: What the hell does that even mean? I'm just trying to say that you're pretty fantastic. I'm just not sure what's so fantastic about a bee's knees.) ...more
#7 !!!!!!!  Be Amazing Toys!!!!!!  You rock, Steve Spangler Science!  How cool that you included ...more