Why "Mommy Juice" Scares the Hell Out of Me

I remember crying when I first saw When a Man Loves a Woman in the theater as a high schooler. I cried in reaction to Meg Ryan's character's helplessness [recklessness as a mother], and then her empowerment through sobriety; I cried about the love the film portrayed, and the relationship that was forever altered. I had yet to taste my first drink. ...more
I have never heard of "Mommy Juice," but I do have a real problem with a parent or caregiver ... more

Does My Husband Have to Spend Mother's Day With His Mother?

Dear TMH, Mother's Day is coming up, which would be wonderful in theory. A day to sleep in and be treated like royalty, right? However, my MIL lives nearby, and that raises some issues. Am I obligated to spend the day with her? She seems to expect us to do something with her, and I don't really want to do that.  My husband is caught in the middle, because he wants to make us both happy. But hasn't she had her share of Mother's Days?Help!Signed,It's MY Day, Dammit...more
It's Mother's Day.  Are you his mother?  No?  Then he owes you nothing on Mother's Day.  He ... more

The 10 Worst Prom Dresses of 2014

Scrolling through some popular prom dress sites today, I witnessed crimes against fashion, not to mention propriety. I saw perfectly adorable trends like peplums, neons, ruffles, and pastels massacred in cold blood. I saw highly dubious trends like Dynasty-esque beading, cutouts, ruffles, and the inexplicable (to me, anyway) pageant-ish ballgown look cross the line from tasteless to felonious. And—oh, the humanity—THE COST. Yes, cold hard cash is the motive for these crimes. ...more
I have always wondered why liking something is not passing judgment, but disliking something is ... more

Science Fair Snag: How Much Should I Help?

My daughter is in fourth grade, which means she's an elementary school big kid. Things change in fourth grade. You get to do the school spelling bee. And the science fair. Or rather, you and your parents get to do the science fair....more
@MomKozz BlogHer I am horrified.  Bad, bad teacher! more

Science Fair Snag: How Much Should I Help?

My daughter is in fourth grade, which means she's an elementary school big kid. Things change in fourth grade. You get to do the school spelling bee. And the science fair. Or rather, you and your parents get to do the science fair....more
Oh hon, there are SO MANY really good, interesting, and fun science projects that even small ... more

6 Tips for Teaching Handwriting to Young Children

A child's success in handwriting depends on their fine motor development. Fine motor muscles are the muscles in our hands and fingers that are responsible for the small muscle movements used in cutting, drawing, and writing. ...more
I am genuinely frightened of any and all teachers, administrators, and parents who don't see any ... more

Hands-On Gifts for Your Budding Scientists

I'm all for fun toys that let kids be kids, but if you give my kids something awesome that also happens to teach them a thing or two, you're pretty much the bee's knees in my book. (Sidenote: What the hell does that even mean? I'm just trying to say that you're pretty fantastic. I'm just not sure what's so fantastic about a bee's knees.) ...more
#7 !!!!!!!  Be Amazing Toys!!!!!!  You rock, Steve Spangler Science!  How cool that you included ... more

7 Unique Ideas For Your Kids' Teachers' Gifts This Holiday Season

Listen, I don't mean to alarm you, but the gift-giving season is fast approaching. Like, warp speed fast. Like, scary fast. If you don't want to be caught shopping at the very last minute, now is the time to get your act together—especially if you have kids in school and you're the type that likes to gift the teacher. The truth is that school ends before Christmas Day, so you need to get in gear now if you want to thank your kids' teacher for putting up with all of their antics thus far this school year! ...more
Teachers have little money and less time.  Gift cards, including restaurant cards, are so ... more

You Deserve Free Tampons in Public Restrooms

It's whispered from woman to woman between bathroom stalls, a slight tinge of oh shit in the undertone: Do you have a tampon? From the New Jersey Turnpike to a Chili's in Sacramento, thousands of women find themselves daily with their panties around their ankles, cursing the fact that they're miles from their tampon stash. ...more
Free?  No.  Accessible?  Yes.  A stocked machine that works, or an attendant with access would ... more

Why Do We Place So Much Blame On "Homewreckers"?

Editor's Note: This blog was written in partial response to The Real Scandal: Homewreckers Are NOT Heroines!, which has been featured on BlogHer. - Feminista Jones ...more
It takes two to tango, and if either of the two dancers says "No," there is no tango.  Of ... more