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

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
rachael40711 That sounds really healthy, and like a worthy change to make from the way you were ... more

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
chickybabe That's really interesting. I'm glad there are so many options in New Zealand. ... more

How Do You Remember Your Online Passwords?

I have a pretty good memory for where I put my keys and my shoes. But when it comes to remembering passwords, I am literally at a loss for words. Words, letters, numbers, symbols... I have no idea what order I put them in. ...more
Another LastPass user here! It works on mobile, too. I paid for the premium account so I could ... more

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
Rachel Grise  Yes! "And to be honest, it makes me feel angry and like I'm a weak person. And I ... more

Emmy Awards 2013: The Red Carpet Fashion Recap

I hear that people watch television shows and go to movies. I, however, watch fashion. I am much more fluent in the designers' names than I am the actresses' (because men's awards-show fashion, no matter how much they try, does not a headline make), so please know that this post is very much all about my favorite sport—red-carpet commentary—and not so much about the shows themselves, though I certainly have my favorites. ...more
@Rita Arens That's what I was thinking. The dress itself I love, but it is doing her coloring no ... more

Announcing: Birds of a Feather Lunch on Friday at BlogHer '13

BlogHer is just over a week away (GULP) and we know that your excitement is about as strong as your nerves right now. Meeting your online friends and collegaues IRL is both amazing and terrifying, and we'd like to help you get get by with a little help from your friends....more
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Missing My Mom: The Real Consequences of Drunk Driving

Two Wednesdays ago, she called me while I was napping. I usually don’t answer my phone when I’m napping, but this time, instead of hitting the red button, I chose the green one instead. “Hey, I’m taking a nap with Eva. Can I call you back?” She told me, “Sure, that’s fine.” I then fell into a deep sleep. I woke up two hours later, and in the rush to prepare dinner, I forgot to call her back. ...more
I'm so, so sorry. Your mom sounds like an awesome person, and this is such a moving tribute to ... more

5 Chic & Flattering Summer Dress Styles

Dresses are the quintessential fashion item for easy dressing in the summertime. Who has time to worry about separates? Not only are they easy and (literally) breezy, but the perfect dress can do amazing things for your body if you wear them in flattering shapes. Here are five of my favorite dress styles for the summer....more
I love that A-line, too! You're inspiring me to figure out what dresses I can wear this summer. ... more

French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar {quick & easy!}

Our favorite easy breakfast is cottage cheese with pineapple chunks. more