Can You Even Help Your Kids Gain Independence Today?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving drinks or snacks as needed in a short absence of parental supervision. But we knew we couldn't leave him home alone, and told him as much. "But whhhyyyy?" he asked. Indeed, kiddo, why? Because the neighbors might call the cops on us, that's why. ...more
carrien That sounds incredible! I hope at some point the tide turns in the U.S. to be more like ...more

Tips For Enjoying a Road Trip With Little Kids

Last year our family of four drove from Washington State to California, and this summer we're considering road tripping all the way to Chicago. If you're brave foolhardy like us, here are some ideas to make road trips a low-key and enjoyable experience: ...more
Cute - couldn't resist the photo's of the babies! I totally agree with many of your suggestions, ...more

We're All Mom Enough

A week ago, my friend and business partner Dionna of Code Name: Mama called me up excitedly and said TIME Magazine was looking for attachment parenting families who wanted to participate in a photo shoot in New York City. I ended up being passed over as a candidate, but she was chosen as one of the models for tandem breastfeeding a baby and an older nursling (the glowing #3 in the slideshow). To the right is a candid her husband snapped during the shoot. ...more
 @hobomama The women in the Time piece, as pointed out here, are hardly Rubenesque, either. Silly.more

Big-sibling books to help AP families prepare for a new baby

I'm pregnant and due in June. I've been wanting to review some of the resources we've been using to prepare three-year-old Mikko for his new sibling, and I've decided to do this in stages. Here are some the books we have out from the library right now on the subject of new siblings and pregnancy and my mini-reviews of each....more

Take off winter jackets in car seats

Today I'm bringing you a safety bulletin for winter car safety when you're driving with little ones.Heavy winter coats don't belong on kids in carseats. ...more

That's a good point! And even without an accident, it can be annoying to re-dress them every ...more

Prevent Drowning This Summer: It Doesn't Look Like It Does in the Movies

Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life. ...more

It is so hard to read this, but so necessary. I try averting my gaze every time I see a ...more