I went to (and spoke at) my first BlogHer conference seven years ago. So weird to be headed to Chicago to do it all again. I'm old!

I went to (and spoke at) my first BlogHer conference seven years ago. So weird to be headed to Chicago to do it all again. I'm old! ...more
@Lisa Stone  my experienced self has a huge hug ready for you. It's been too long! more

I went to (and spoke at) my first BlogHer conference seven years ago. So weird to be headed to Chicago to do it all again. I'm old!

I went to (and spoke at) my first BlogHer conference seven years ago. So weird to be headed to Chicago to do it all again. I'm old! ...more
@Karen Ballum Can't wait to see you!! more

I went to (and spoke at) my first BlogHer conference seven years ago. So weird to be headed to Chicago to do it all again. I'm old!

I went to (and spoke at) my first BlogHer conference seven years ago. So weird to be headed to Chicago to do it all again. I'm old! ...more
@VoiceofAndrea I love Karen's advice, and will add "keep an open mind." You really never know ... more

Why (and How) I Helped My Teen Dye Her Hair Purple

I'm a strict parent; I expect you to keep your room clean, try your hardest, do chores around the house, speak to others with respect, cover up your underwear/bra straps, and accept "Because I said so" on the rare occasions when that's the only explanation I'm offering. Only one of my teens has a cellphone -- a "dumb" one, at that -- and she pays for her own texting. No one accuses me of being permissive. And yet, my kids are free to do pretty much whatever they like with their hair. ...more
@The Dusty Baker This may be the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. Thank you! :) more

Why (and How) I Helped My Teen Dye Her Hair Purple

I'm a strict parent; I expect you to keep your room clean, try your hardest, do chores around the house, speak to others with respect, cover up your underwear/bra straps, and accept "Because I said so" on the rare occasions when that's the only explanation I'm offering. Only one of my teens has a cellphone -- a "dumb" one, at that -- and she pays for her own texting. No one accuses me of being permissive. And yet, my kids are free to do pretty much whatever they like with their hair. ...more
@Tabulous I just clicked through to get a better look at your beautiful hair. :) Love it!! more

Why (and How) I Helped My Teen Dye Her Hair Purple

I'm a strict parent; I expect you to keep your room clean, try your hardest, do chores around the house, speak to others with respect, cover up your underwear/bra straps, and accept "Because I said so" on the rare occasions when that's the only explanation I'm offering. Only one of my teens has a cellphone -- a "dumb" one, at that -- and she pays for her own texting. No one accuses me of being permissive. And yet, my kids are free to do pretty much whatever they like with their hair. ...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com Hi Robin, I'd love to see some scientific citations on this if you'd care to ... more

Why (and How) I Helped My Teen Dye Her Hair Purple

I'm a strict parent; I expect you to keep your room clean, try your hardest, do chores around the house, speak to others with respect, cover up your underwear/bra straps, and accept "Because I said so" on the rare occasions when that's the only explanation I'm offering. Only one of my teens has a cellphone -- a "dumb" one, at that -- and she pays for her own texting. No one accuses me of being permissive. And yet, my kids are free to do pretty much whatever they like with their hair. ...more
@Kelli S I was very nervous about the bleaching, but with this small amount, a kit that had good ... more

Can Autism Be Outgrown?

I am a parent to a teenager with Asperger's. Er, wait, excuse me -- thanks to the recent DSM revisions, I'm not supposed to say that anymore (even though my son strongly self-identifies as an "Aspie"). I am a parent to a teenager with high-functioning autism. As you might expect, I read a lot of articles about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), the various quackery that runs amok in the autism world, etc. ...more
@Dorid I love this. Yes! Different, not damaged. What does Temple Grandin say? "Different, not ... more

Debunking the "Terrible Teen" Myth: I Love Teenagers

If every parent of cherubic toddlers had a nickel for every time some well-meaning person chuckled and said, "Just wait until they're teenagers!," those parents would still be annoyed, but they'd also be filthy rich. For whatever reason, there is nothing more-seasoned parents love to do to new(ish) parents than warn them that someday, their beautiful babies will be teens -- and the implication is that this is a fate worse than death. ...more
@Denise Shush, Denise! There's time enough for the uninitiated to figure that out. ;)   ... and ... more

Seizures, Autism, and Our Family's New Normal

I'll never turn my cell phone off in a movie theater again, not after doing so made me miss the call that my 12-year-old autistic son was having a full-blown seizure....more
I know you are navigating this with strength and grace (whether it feels like that to you or ... more