You Can't Pass Down Your Tweets

My great-grandfather came to this country from Italy in the early 1900's.  His supposed intention was to send for his wife and children after he got settled but his family never heard from him again. So his daughter, my grandmother, came to America when she was 16 years old to look for him.  According to my mother, my grandmother said she never found out what happened and wouldn't talk about him anymore.I often think how sad it was that my mother and her siblings never got to know their grandfather or really anything about him....more
Definitely print out your posts and have them bound! An interested grandchild WILL read them ... more

What Do You Do When a Junior High Teacher Is a Porn Star?

Have you seen the story coming out of the Associated Press about the California junior high teacher thought to be moonlighting as a "hard-core" porn star? I have two teenagers, one in junior high and one in high school, and when I first heard this, I couldn't imagine what I'd do if this were one of their teachers. It was a bad judgment call on the teacher's part, no doubt. How long did she think, in this tech and media savvy world, she'd go unnoticed? I mean, I know teacher's salaries aren't what they should be, and many have to take on second jobs...but couldn't she have just gotten a job greeting customers at Bath and Body Works or selling Amway to make some extra cash?...more
Well, I didn't say that all sex industry workers have AIDS. It's been widely published that SOME ... more

What Beyonce Breastfeeding Means to Black Moms

[Editor's Note: Yes, Beyonce is nursing her baby girl Blue Ivy -- in public!. And no, it's not just another paparazzi photo-op. The fact that Beyonce is breastfeeding her infant is a BIG DEAL for black women, who have had historically low breastfeeding rates. Kimberly Sears Allers of Mocha Manual explains what it really means-- and why it's a shame that the predominantly white mother's milk advocates have not latched on (pun totally intended) to this moment. --Grace]...more
Kudos to you for bringing this to our attention and kudos to Beyonce!! I think so "many moms no ... more

How Far Is Too Far When A Teacher Shares Personal Information With Their Students?

"Hey babe, how was school?" "My teacher is a lesbian!" "Excuse me?" "She told us today in class. ...more
A lot of people are missing something here.  Maybe they don't have kids. Or maybe their school ... more

Inappropriate Coaching and Parent Responses

Earlier this week, a high school in my town fired its head football coach over allegations that he sent an inappropriate text to a female student.  I’m angry at his stupidity and overall lack of judgment.  I’m angry that school officials did not act in a more timely manner in this situation.  And I’m angry that the two former students who reportedly received similar texts from this same faculty member are too afraid of the potential ridicule they might face if they also c...more
I agree with you. I think it's so sad this kind of thing happens everywhere, I don't understand ... more

You Need Pinterest. I'll Bet You A Bubble Bath On That.

Once upon a time, I abruptly abandoned a ten-year-tradition of reading glossy magazines in the bathtub. Why? Because I loved my laptop more than bubble bath and I fell madly in love with the sites it showed me: and I loved these sites, spending hours mooning over layouts of backyard gazebos I could stencil by hand with soy ink, doughnuts with sprinkles, and bedazzled lingerie Ithe most frequent use of which would be to snag my best t-shirts while I cleaned house on Saturday mornings). Practical stuff. I used these sites black and blue. I linked them. I linked them again. And then, one day, like the fickle woman I am, I found a new love: And lo, it was yummy. ...more
But, if you share your ideas on Pinterest, doesn't that make it hard if you ever wanted to ... more

Study on Tween Girls Shows Multitasking May Harm Development

"Look at me when I'm talking to you!" It annoyed me when my mom said it, usually because my nose was buried in a book instead of looking at her. In today's world tweens are usually texting, watching videos, playing games, talking on the phone, or all of these things at once. But, a new study finds that multitasking in the tweenage years could be detrimental to their emotional and social development. ...more
Thanks for sharing this. It makes me want to be even more vigilant about controlling ... more

Out of Time? Dry Shampoo Saves the Day!

Dry Shampoo used to have stigma attached to it, seen as the lazy person’s answer to hair washing. I first used dry shampoo about 19 years ago, when pregnant with my first child. I was so debilitating-ly nauseous and weak that I couldn’t phantom the idea of keeping my arms above my head long enough to shampoo my hair. Dry shampoo became my secret grooming weapon for years to come....more
My teen has been into dry shampoo for years (it's great for campouts and church mission trips, ... more

What Age Should You Let Your Child Walk Home Alone?

I don't know the family at all, but I can't stop thinking about them.  It took me a while to stop crying for them this morning.  Perhaps it is because I can so easily put my family in their family's shoes.  If you don't live in NYC, you might not even know about the family of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky.  Lost on the way walking home from day camp, the little boy made the fateful mistake...more

Kimberly I can so relate to this post! I'm always spouting about giving kids independence on my ... more

In Memory of Takeimi Rao: I Taught My Daughter How to Drink

Yesterday morning, I came across the story of Takeimi Rao, a local 14-year-old girl who died due to mass consumption of alcohol at her own slumber party. As I read the story, all I could think of was the horror her mother must be going through, losing her daughter in the blink of an eye over something that could have easily have happened to any young teenager. I thought of her friends, who couldn’t possibly have known the outcome when they experimented with alcohol the night before. And I thought of my own daughter, now 13 years old, and the fear gripped me over the fact that I could easily lose her the same way. Any of us could lose our teenager this way....more

I once heard a presentation about that research. I remember the speaker saying that if a person ... more