New Kansas Law Could Allow Spanking of Children that Causes Redness and Bruising: Say What?

A few months ago, I was at a "mommy's night" house party with some women I don't know very well. As the wine flowed, so did the conversation, each of us bringing to the table our recent anecdotes, exciting stories and frustrations. At some point, one of the women started in on how much her children were annoying her lately. She related stories of back talk, open defiance and sibling in-fighting, and we all nodded our heads sympathetically. Then she said something that made my blood run cold: "My hand actually hurts from all the spankings I've had to give lately." ...more
Such a horrible horrible idea! I do love a good yell, but spanking? Slippery slope. Great piece. more

My Elusive Quest For Mom Friends: Are One or Two Friends Okay?

Lately, I’ve read several good articles and blog pieces about the difficulty of making new mom friends. I can identify with these authors because last year seemed to be my year of constant angst about friendships. Do I have enough friends? How can I make new friends? Does it really matter? That was the broken record constantly re-playing itself in my mind....more
HEY!  What about me!!!! :)   I agree it's tough out there.  I think if you make just a few ... more

Why "No, David" Is Bad for Kids

If you're a parent of younger children (or have been since 1998), you've probably ready No, David or any of David Shannon's highly popular books. We have the full David library in our home; they're a popular, easy to read favorite of my two sons. Jennifer Lehr pointed out in a recent post that the David series is ultimately damaging for our kids. What do you think? Should we never tell our kids no? Are David books bad for our kids? ...more
I LOOOOOOVE the No, David! Books and @Christina4646 , I think you'd LOVE these books if you saw ... more

BFFs & Mean Girls: Why Best Friends Forever Can Be Harmful to Girls

Up until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to the term “BFF” or Best Friend Forever. I’ve seen the term used on mom blogs and elsewhere, but the few times I’ve paid attention to it, I assumed it was a harmless, trendy term for friendship. That was until my 11 year-old daughter started coming home from school mocking the term and saying other girls use it to exclude classmates and form cliques....more
Christina - SUCH a great piece! I'll think twice before I use BFF again. much damage ... more

A Mother's Sexuality: Taking Back MILF

Why is it that society has no problem joking about the MILF (Mom I'd Like to F*ck), but as soon as a mother shows any sign of owning her sexuality, the first reaction is to question whether she's a fit parent? Where did this chasm between motherhood and sexuality come from? Don't people know that sex is how a lot of our kids come to be? ...more

This is EXACTLY what sparked my book "Got Milf? The modern mom's guide to Feeling Fabulous, ... more

Kenmore Elite Appliance Reviews and Sweepstakes!

Four lucky BlogHer Reviewers upgraded to the latest appliances from Kenmore. Each blogger is updating us on their experience over the next few weeks as they discover how truly innovative these appliances are. After reading their posts and learning about the advanced features, which appliance would make the biggest change in your life? ...more

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