Raising Parents: Teaching Our Kids that Parenthood Is a Noble Career

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the whole Women's Liberation/feminist movement was in full swing. Moms went to work and fed their families convenient microwave dinners. Elementary school kids went home to empty houses and thus, the term "latchkey kids" was coined; teens ran around the streets unsupervised. Girls were taught that we should not want to stay home and raise babies, that we would not live up to our potential and never be respected if we wanted to be stay-at-home moms. I grew up completely believing in all of that and having a list of career dreams. Then I had a baby and the whole world twisted on its axis....more
@nshell This article definitely does not assume girls will meet Prince Charming.  I stated ... more

Raising Parents: Teaching Our Kids that Parenthood Is a Noble Career

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the whole Women's Liberation/feminist movement was in full swing. Moms went to work and fed their families convenient microwave dinners. Elementary school kids went home to empty houses and thus, the term "latchkey kids" was coined; teens ran around the streets unsupervised. Girls were taught that we should not want to stay home and raise babies, that we would not live up to our potential and never be respected if we wanted to be stay-at-home moms. I grew up completely believing in all of that and having a list of career dreams. Then I had a baby and the whole world twisted on its axis....more
@Life Unexpectedly I couldn't agree more.  Whomever stays home to raise the kids should feel ... more

Raising Parents: Teaching Our Kids that Parenthood Is a Noble Career

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the whole Women's Liberation/feminist movement was in full swing. Moms went to work and fed their families convenient microwave dinners. Elementary school kids went home to empty houses and thus, the term "latchkey kids" was coined; teens ran around the streets unsupervised. Girls were taught that we should not want to stay home and raise babies, that we would not live up to our potential and never be respected if we wanted to be stay-at-home moms. I grew up completely believing in all of that and having a list of career dreams. Then I had a baby and the whole world twisted on its axis....more
@FishyGirl I was definitely not advocating not preparing my girls for a career, but if my girls ... more

Raising Parents: Teaching Our Kids that Parenthood Is a Noble Career

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the whole Women's Liberation/feminist movement was in full swing. Moms went to work and fed their families convenient microwave dinners. Elementary school kids went home to empty houses and thus, the term "latchkey kids" was coined; teens ran around the streets unsupervised. Girls were taught that we should not want to stay home and raise babies, that we would not live up to our potential and never be respected if we wanted to be stay-at-home moms. I grew up completely believing in all of that and having a list of career dreams. Then I had a baby and the whole world twisted on its axis....more
@Kathy K You are absolutely right.  We didn't have a choice.  We were expected to have both a ... more

Ikea Hack: Built-in Bookshelves With Windowseat for Under $350

When we finished our basement a couple of years ago, we made one room an office and lined the walls with IKEA BILLY bookshelves. This summer, when we decided we never really used the office and the space would be better as an art studio, we needed to do something with the books and some of the bookshelves to make room for the large craft tables we now wanted for the space. A friend mentioned an IKEA Hack. I looked it up on-line and became inspired. ...more
@Homschlr4ever Yes, I am assuming from your name here that you Homeschool, we do as well and I ... more

Ikea Hack: Built-in Bookshelves With Windowseat for Under $350

When we finished our basement a couple of years ago, we made one room an office and lined the walls with IKEA BILLY bookshelves. This summer, when we decided we never really used the office and the space would be better as an art studio, we needed to do something with the books and some of the bookshelves to make room for the large craft tables we now wanted for the space. A friend mentioned an IKEA Hack. I looked it up on-line and became inspired. ...more
@wdolderer Thanks :)  We are really happy with it.  I want to make a cushion for the ... more

My Son "Swore" at School: What Makes a Word a Swear Word?

On Friday, I received a voicemail and an email that H ”was drawing a red thing with horns and then was telling another student that it was hell.” He was sent to the planning room at school and because the planning room para wasn’t available, he had to meet with the dean of students about saying “hell.” He had to fill out a planning sheet which included what his poor choice was {saying hell} and how it made others feel {sad, bad} and what he will do in the future {not say hell}....more
I went to Catholic school, we learned about hell, our teachers said the word hell, we said the ... more

What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks?

These are two of my very favorite cookbooks. What are your favorite?? I want to know!...more
Cook's Illustrated.  I love their cookbooks and even better, their website where you can type in ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 5: Share A Moment and Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!

This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out our new sweepstakes launching January 26. ...more
In 2012, I am really hoping to work on my anxiety issues and pay down our debt substantially! more

Madonna's Still Got It: Most Anticipated Pop Albums of 2012

[Editor's Note: As the New Year kicks off and Oscar Season approaches, I'm jonesing for a bit of new music to fill my iPod before I get lost in movieville through the end of February.  What albums are you looking forward to this year?  --Morgan]...more
I am psyched for Van Halen's new album...ah, those 80s acts! more