Get Off Your iPhone at the Amusement Park, Parents!

Em had the most fun in the amusement park’s little water park areas, where water spurted up from the ground at random intervals, and sprayed out of other apparatus in sudden bursts. She ran around, getting soaking wet, clapping her hands and dancing. I love seeing my daughter totally overwhelmed with happiness. There is just nothing like it. It was a great time, really. But I have to get something off my chest. Something that really bugged me. On multiple occasions, throughout the park, I saw parents of children choosing to immerse themselves in their iPhones or Blackberries, rather than concentrating on having fun with their kids....more

Get Off Your iPhone at the Amusement Park, Parents!

Em had the most fun in the amusement park’s little water park areas, where water spurted up from the ground at random intervals, and sprayed out of other apparatus in sudden bursts. She ran around, getting soaking wet, clapping her hands and dancing. I love seeing my daughter totally overwhelmed with happiness. There is just nothing like it. It was a great time, really. But I have to get something off my chest. Something that really bugged me. On multiple occasions, throughout the park, I saw parents of children choosing to immerse themselves in their iPhones or Blackberries, rather than concentrating on having fun with their kids....more
I have been that mom. Not my best parenting moments but hey some days after no sleep, throwing ... more

I Don't Like Spanking My Kids, But I Do It Anyway

I was spanked as a child. I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t thrown around. I was laid over my fathers knee and would get a couple of good wallops. It wasn’t done excessively, only on an as-needed basis. For me, that “as-needed” would come around much more often than it would my sister. One of the small burdens of being too much like my mother. The point is, I wasn’t traumatized. I didn’t feel abused. I felt as though I deserved it and, looking back as an adult -- I did. I don’t like spanking my kids. In fact, I usually give them numerous chances and warnings to straighten out the problem before I do....more
I couldn't read all the comments and I must say I applaud you for talking about your parenting ... more

Announcing Martha Stewart as Featured Keynote Speaker at BlogHer '12

BlogHer '12 is shaping up to be our most exciting event yet, due in no small part to being able to announce today that the Lunch Keynote Speaker on Friday, August 3 will be none other than ... Martha Stewart!...more
How fantastic! Someone who has professionalised being a homemaker by raising the standards to ... more

How Far Would You Go to Protect Your Child? Would You Kill Someone?

I try to avoid the news. Okay, not all the news -- just the news that talks about cannibals eating someone’s face off or something along those lines. I mean, dear Lord, is it really necessary to run a headline on that story and then put a warning about graphic photos? Does the world really need to see graphic photos of a man whose face was eaten off by a cannibal? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…no. I did, however, break my no-sensational-story rule when I saw the headline, “Texas dad beats 4-year-old daughter's alleged attacker to death” in the Los Angeles Times....more
Yes. I just hope I have the power and courage to do so if required. more

Can Grandparents Be Too Involved?

Yesterday, my husband's parents asked if they could take our daughter to the parade in their city. Since we had a number of things to get done that day -- all of which would be easier without a toddler in tow -- it seemed like a great situation for all of us. Clara got to enjoy the day, as did her Grandparents, and we were able to get our stuff done. Why was I conflicted?...more
I have two extremes - my in laws are fantastic and super involved; then my parents are a vaguely ... more

We Are Killing Our Children

I believe structure is killing our children. We offer them so much structured learning and play time that they are never put into a situation where they have to be inventive and brave. They NEVER have to learn to figure things out for themselves. Yes, in order to get a child to do what you want when you want, the best way is to create a schedule for them. Structure the basics like meals, potty and sleep so as to structure them from the inside out. This way it is easy to get them used to your schedule and way of doing things. And I agree with this type of structure....more
While you have written a well reasoned argument against over stimulation of preschoolers I ... more

Answering the Question that Will Shape Him Forever: "Can Two Girls Love Each Other?"

Caesar waits as I ponder, poking his finger around the container filled with the rainbow colored stars I've already stamped out, for the Mother's Day cards he'll be decorating later. That must have been what prompted the question. He has so many grandmothers, after all. He flushes a bit, I've kept him waiting too long and now he's worried he asked an inappropriate question. He shuffles his feet, and speaks again: "I was just wondering how they love each other and if it's okay." He's only five now, but how I answer this will shape what he knows, what he lives, what he repeats -- forever. ...more
Shared and cared. What a wonderful answer. more

I Can't Remember the Last Time I Wasn't Squashed by My Family

It's been ten days now since my 89-year-old mother fell, broke her hip, and landed in the hospital via the ER. And thus I'm in my second week of being completely torn between my mother's and my family's total need of me. To say I am nearly being ripped apart by this is an understatement. ...more
You are doing and doing and will continue to do. I am sending you a prayer for all you do. more

I Don't Like Spanking My Kids, But I Do It Anyway

I was spanked as a child. I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t thrown around. I was laid over my fathers knee and would get a couple of good wallops. It wasn’t done excessively, only on an as-needed basis. For me, that “as-needed” would come around much more often than it would my sister. One of the small burdens of being too much like my mother. The point is, I wasn’t traumatized. I didn’t feel abused. I felt as though I deserved it and, looking back as an adult -- I did. I don’t like spanking my kids. In fact, I usually give them numerous chances and warnings to straighten out the problem before I do....more
 @SkyfaeBut you don't have kids right?   more