Mary Tsao

Mary Tsao lives in Silicon Valley and is married to a computer geek. A former technical writer who survived both the dot com boom and the dot com bust, Mary now stays home with her two toddlers and finds her sanity through online journaling. Besides daily blogging for her personal site Mom Writes (http://marytsao.blogspot.com), she blogs professionally for BlogHer (www.blogher.org). Her writing also can be found online at Literary Mama (www.literarymama.com) and at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog (http://svmomblog.typepad.com). When she isn't busy being a blogging advocate, Mary is an active member of her community and the newsletter editor for her local mothers club.

New babies and a mom who might explode

I've been on something of a blogging hiatus lately. I'm writing in my mommy blog, dutifully chronicling the tales of my life with kids, but I'm spending less time reading other mommy blogs. ...more

It's posts like these that take my breath away. The sheer power of these women's language ...more

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with Kids

Here in the United States we reserve the third Monday in January to honor one of our nation's greatest heroes, the late Martin Luther King, Jr. This upcoming Monday, January 15, many will have a day off work in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. ...more

My son (6) loves the story of Rosa Parks called "Rosa" by poet Nikki Giovanni. It's a Caldecott ...more

Moms of Reinvention: Role Models for the Best of Us

Many women put their career on hold when they have children. Some juggle working and parenting for financial--and other--reasons. As Stacy Morrison, editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine wrote in her January 2007 editor's letter: "...one of the challenges of my grown-up life is to keep feeding the part of myself that thinks big thoughts, to keep feeling wonder about who I can be, beyond a diaper-changing, runny-nose-wiping love machine." ...more

Will the Mom Strategy Work for Hillary?

Possible presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton appeared on the television show The View last week to discuss Christmas traditions, crafts, her view of the war in Iraq, the difficulties of raising children in today's society, and the re-release of her decade-old book It Takes a Village. ...more

I also think it would be smart for her campaign if she makes use of the mom-centric blogosphere ...more

Parenting Manifesto: The Gospel According to Mom (Or Dad)

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a reporter about parenting magazines and mommyblogging. Specifically, I told her that I had stopped reading parenting magazines once I discovered the mom-centric writing in the Blogosphere. She seemed surprised at my declaration that real information--written by real parents--can be found on blogs, unlike the trite and contrived information I often found in magazines. ...more

I can be counted among the masses, I stopped reading parenting magazines all but entirely when I ...more

Nerve Media gives birth to parenting site

Nerve Media, parent company of sex and culture site Nerve.com, tonight launches an online magazine for the post-sex, now-parent set. They're calling Babble.com "an exciting, intelligent daily publication and interactive community for urban parents," and promising it will be a "revolution in parenting magazines." ...more

Wow, this is really great. I can't wait to take a look at this new site!more

Mothers Acting Up: The Power of Collective Action

"Working together, we can create a world fit for all children." --Mothers Acting Up ...more

Blah Humbug: Fighting the Holiday Blues for the Kids' Sake

There's something about the holiday season that gives me the blues. I suppose it's the stress that comes from overeating, overdrinking, and overspending as well as from emotional baggage leftover from childhood. No matter how many lights I hang on the house, there's a little corner inside my mind that's always dark. Many of the more life-changing decisions I've made in my life--to get married, to get divorced, to move, to quit jobs--have happened either during or immediately following the holiday season. ...more

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Last night during a women’s group Xmas party we had the same ...more

Four Eyes, Twenty Fingers

I am one of two babies who shared one mom's womb for nine long months; I am a twin. Which is why I have a special affinity for women who have given birth to multiples. Before I got pregnant myself, I fantasized about having twins. The multi-tasker in me thought twins would be the most efficient way to bring life into this world. ...more

I love having twins, but it never occurred to me to want them. I wouldn't change it, but I've ...more

Moms Blamed for Scheduling the Decline of Western Civilization

The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap; Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society; Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk: Books with titles such as these fill the parenting section of bookstores. Apparently, parents of today are pushing their children to success--and early burnout--by making sure they attend only the best preschools (those with wait lists and a strict learning-based curriculum, natch), are enrolled in extracurricular activities--dance, soccer, martial arts, music lessons--most nights of the week, and participate in regular, parent-approved and scheduled playdates. ...more

Once of the nicest compliments I ever received about my children was from the head of their ...more