When Are You Too Old To Wear a Bikini?

Next month I'm going to Los Angeles with my 25-year-old son. Both of us can't wait to dive into the Pacific Ocean. ...more
Ha! You're never too old to wear a bikini if you're comfortable in it. Says an almost ... more

Knowledge Conquers Fear: October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

October is an eerie month, filled with monsters, mummies, and the macabre. But while the occasional witch or skeleton might freak you out, one must concede that there are indeed more frightening things -- such as finding out your child will be born with spina bifida. And yet, each day in the U.S., an average of eight families welcome a child with spina bifida into the world. ...more
Knowledge is power! Thank you for sharing yours! more

How Foodstamps Helped Me Feed My Kids and Rebuild My Life

I was at the supermarket checkout line when the cashier asked me if I wanted to make a donation for the needy.I would have liked to, but instead, I flashed my food stamps card and shook my head, saying: “I can’t. This time, I’m the needy.”The poor guy blushed and mumbled an apology. I suppose he must have felt bad for me.“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m glad to have the help.” ...more
@pfb1977 Maybe I didn't explain it properly. My ex was not in a position to pay for child ... more

Piercing Babies' Ears: Why I Did It To My Kids

Every so often the “to pierce or not to pierce a baby’s ears” debate flares up in the U.S. This is probably because there are more and more little Latina girls running around with earrings adorning their cute little earlobes. A lot of Anglo moms consider the practice barbaric and even borderline child abuse....more
@bklynjenn What a nice and respectful comment! Even when you don't agree ... thank you! more

Piercing Babies' Ears: Why I Did It To My Kids

Every so often the “to pierce or not to pierce a baby’s ears” debate flares up in the U.S. This is probably because there are more and more little Latina girls running around with earrings adorning their cute little earlobes. A lot of Anglo moms consider the practice barbaric and even borderline child abuse....more
@HomeRearedChef Thank you for commenting. One way or the other we can't win! more

The Importance of Reading to Our Children

I was born into a family of writers and linguists, and I grew up surrounded by books and manuscripts. Reading and writing was a part of our family life. On weekends, my father would take us to a bookstore so we could browse books, and buy one or two to read during the week. On school nights, I read under the covers with a flashlight, and got lost in the pages of A Little Princess or the Nancy Drew series. A shy child, I would read during recess. Books were my friends....more
@KC_writes :-) / Reading as children does shape us as adults. THANK YOU for commenting. more

The Importance of Reading to Our Children

I was born into a family of writers and linguists, and I grew up surrounded by books and manuscripts. Reading and writing was a part of our family life. On weekends, my father would take us to a bookstore so we could browse books, and buy one or two to read during the week. On school nights, I read under the covers with a flashlight, and got lost in the pages of A Little Princess or the Nancy Drew series. A shy child, I would read during recess. Books were my friends....more
@Laura@Catharsis Yes, it is hard ... Thank you for taking the time for those 15 mins! more

The Importance of Reading to Our Children

I was born into a family of writers and linguists, and I grew up surrounded by books and manuscripts. Reading and writing was a part of our family life. On weekends, my father would take us to a bookstore so we could browse books, and buy one or two to read during the week. On school nights, I read under the covers with a flashlight, and got lost in the pages of A Little Princess or the Nancy Drew series. A shy child, I would read during recess. Books were my friends....more
@Waffle-Wednesday That is not only cute but empowering! Kudos! more

How Foodstamps Helped Me Feed My Kids and Rebuild My Life

I was at the supermarket checkout line when the cashier asked me if I wanted to make a donation for the needy.I would have liked to, but instead, I flashed my food stamps card and shook my head, saying: “I can’t. This time, I’m the needy.”The poor guy blushed and mumbled an apology. I suppose he must have felt bad for me.“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m glad to have the help.” ...more
@ldskatelyn Thank you. And yes, that can hit any of us, not just single moms. more

How Foodstamps Helped Me Feed My Kids and Rebuild My Life

I was at the supermarket checkout line when the cashier asked me if I wanted to make a donation for the needy.I would have liked to, but instead, I flashed my food stamps card and shook my head, saying: “I can’t. This time, I’m the needy.”The poor guy blushed and mumbled an apology. I suppose he must have felt bad for me.“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m glad to have the help.” ...more
@Ebiz Mom Thank you! I agree that use, not abuse should be the norm. more