How Do You Make a Child Stop Kicking Your Airplane Seat?

I recently flew from Orlando to Chicago. I love traveling, and hopping on a flight doesn't phase me. I enjoy the time being disconnected and immersed in a good book....more
I agree about involving the flight attendant also, although as a mother I would never have let ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them on BlogHer during the month of November to celebrate NaBloPoMo. ...more
I always love how NaBloPoMo gives me a new sense of blogging energy in my bleakest month. more

3 New Panty Options for Your Visiting Aunt Flo

Menstruating ladies, gather around. Do you have special underwear for Aunt Flo?...more
I had heard about the Luna stuff while I was still on the pill, and then somehow when I went off ... more

One Woman's Quest for Paternity Leave (Yes), Told in GIFs

If you know me in real life, you know where I work. If you don't know me in real life, let's just say I work at a fairly liberal university in the very liberal state of Massachusetts. Perhaps this is why I was naive enough to think I'd have no problem qualifying to take some leave time after the baby is born. It turned out to be a little more complicated than I had expected. Then again, what else is new?...more
I do. Agree, that is. more

Ben Affleck Ruined 'Gone Girl' by Being Himself

Ben Affleck is why we can't have horrible, fiendish things. He's just impossibly Ben Affleck-y, Hollywood handsome on the red carpet with Jennifer Garner, a known humanitarian, a dad who got himself sober—he's ridiculously accomplished but so affable he seems almost incompetent. He's almost unhateable. He's no one's favorite, but he just keeps showing up, looking good, being nice, and throwing it down—he's Ben Affleck, after all. He carried Gone Girl, the faithful film adaptation of the complicated Gillian Flynn bestseller, with ease, because of course he can. ...more
I read the book and don't really have any desire to see the movie, since I assumed much of the ... more

Should Parents Get Sued for Their Kids' Crimes?

Last weekend, I caught my daughter and a friend in a tree house in someone else's yard when the tree house-owning family was not home. "You're trespassing!" I yelled at my girl. She told me the neighbor's second-grade son had given them permission to be in the tree house when he wasn't home, and her friend had persuaded her it would be okay. I don't approve of her playing the follower when it comes to screwing up. Just because she didn't think of it doesn't mean she didn't do it. My anger launched a longer talk about taking personal responsibility even when a fallback excuse exists. ...more
No, I don't think parents can be held legally responsible for their children's crimes except in ... more

Fundraising in Elementary Schools: Preying on Kids' Fear of Being Left Out

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a packet of information that no parent wants to receive. It's time for the annual school fall fundraiser! I do not like fundraisers and hate selling things. I think it stems back to when I was young and my mother had me go door to door selling boxes of candy for Camp Fire. The goal was to sell 100 boxes. I rang a lot of door bells until I met the quota. Granted, my mother was the leader of our Camp Fire group and felt like we had to meet the goal. (Camp Fire is a youth group kind of like the Girl Scouts.) ...more
Also meant to say - there's no reason you have to be labeled a 'crazy' parent - it's completely ... more

Fundraising in Elementary Schools: Preying on Kids' Fear of Being Left Out

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a packet of information that no parent wants to receive. It's time for the annual school fall fundraiser! I do not like fundraisers and hate selling things. I think it stems back to when I was young and my mother had me go door to door selling boxes of candy for Camp Fire. The goal was to sell 100 boxes. I rang a lot of door bells until I met the quota. Granted, my mother was the leader of our Camp Fire group and felt like we had to meet the goal. (Camp Fire is a youth group kind of like the Girl Scouts.) ...more
I'm right with you. Fundraising isn't evil per se, but there are better and worse ways to go ... more

Fundraising in Elementary Schools: Preying on Kids' Fear of Being Left Out

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a packet of information that no parent wants to receive. It's time for the annual school fall fundraiser! I do not like fundraisers and hate selling things. I think it stems back to when I was young and my mother had me go door to door selling boxes of candy for Camp Fire. The goal was to sell 100 boxes. I rang a lot of door bells until I met the quota. Granted, my mother was the leader of our Camp Fire group and felt like we had to meet the goal. (Camp Fire is a youth group kind of like the Girl Scouts.) ...more
I don't really agree that this kind of thing is character building at all. What are they ... more

Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

I support health at every size. I support doing what you personally have to do to feel good in your skin, and in your body. And if that means weight loss, then it means weight loss—in a healthy way that works for you, not by super-restrictive diets and starvation. So, Wil Wheaton, who recently mentioned that he was working on getting healthier and wanted to share that with his fans, has my full support. I totally think it's great he wants to be healthier. ...more
She's not, actually - she's respectfully requesting a dialogue about a term she found ... more