Fresh Start Fridays: What They Did for My Family

We can be emotional pack-rats, as well. Our burdens weigh heavily on our minds. And I know that when I have a lot on my mind (lately, it's been primarily financial concerns, with my kids' education taking the number two slot) my stress bleeds out into my day to day interactions. I'm short and snippy with my kids. I'm grumpy and frazzled and overwhelmed, so when the boy really wants a cereal bar for breakfast and all I can offer him is toast, I'm sometimes more biting and snotty about my response than I'd like to be. ...more

Oh yes, the mirror of my children has lately caused me to make several changes in my behavior--I ... more

Fresh Start Fridays: What They Did for My Family

We can be emotional pack-rats, as well. Our burdens weigh heavily on our minds. And I know that when I have a lot on my mind (lately, it's been primarily financial concerns, with my kids' education taking the number two slot) my stress bleeds out into my day to day interactions. I'm short and snippy with my kids. I'm grumpy and frazzled and overwhelmed, so when the boy really wants a cereal bar for breakfast and all I can offer him is toast, I'm sometimes more biting and snotty about my response than I'd like to be. ...more

Oh yes, the mirror of my children has lately caused me to make several changes in my behavior--I ... more

Change Your Morning Routine and Change Your Life

I once had a friend point out how disconcerting it can be to accidentally wash your body out of order in the shower. We all have a shower routine that involves washing various body parts in the same order -- day in and day out. And it throws off everything when you accidentally start with your arms instead of your legs, or maybe wash your hair before you wash your face as usual. That feeling of everything being a bit off usually stays with you long after you've dried off, and that's the effect we're going for as you tweak your morning. In other words, we are creatures of habit, and the best way to create a change is to break a habit by making a small change. ...more

How really odd, that this article came out now. I changed one small thing, but it is even ... more

She vs. Her: Should You Check Email Over the Holidays?

Welcome to She vs. Her -- where we ask two bloggers with different perspectives to make their case. This week: BlogHer cofounders Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone on whether to check email over the holidays. ...more

I have sort of taken a middle ground between you both.
I rarely check email on the week-ends, ... more

Week 2: Explore BlogHer.com and Win an iPad!

Last week we invited you to take a look around our redesigned homepage. We love the feedback you gave us and now we'd like to share some of our features beyond the homepage. And, since we are still in a jolly giving mood, this week we want to give you a chance to win an iPad! ...more

The sparkle thing is tremendously cool.
Love the updates, the content and the contests!
Great ... more

Crappy Pop Music? Not in My House

Our family has an audible soundtrack. It might be tuned to Leo, softly scatting along on one of his spontaneous grooves. Or Mali, belting all seven verses of "The Golden Vanity" as a matter of pride. More often, it's eleven-year-old Iz, singing along to her own compositions instead of practicing the classical pieces her piano teacher assigned. The kids' bath time soundtrack is almost always the same countertop iPod sequence; our driving soundtrack is constantly negotiated. And sometimes, the soundtrack comes from me -- or more accurately, my computer, offering up the latest wonderful daily freebie from KCRW's Today's Top Tune, or Daytrotter. ...more

My 9yo daughter--her musical tastes--and her bizarre operatic interpretation of some songs--is ... more

The $100 Question: Do You Worry About Becoming Just Like Your Mom or Dad?

Welcome to The $100 Question, where fellow BlogHers are asking questions ... and every answer could be worth one hundred dollars! ...more

Some days, I look in the mirror and all I can see is my mother...I don't really look much like ... more

Parenting Teens: Piercings and Tattoos?

On the other hand, my 15-year-old daughter wants piercings. Multiple. Belly button, a rod in the ear, various other places -- although not breast or labial, thank God. But I'm not a big fan of piercings, and she trains Muay Thai. I've known girls who had piercings ripped out while sparring. So I told her no. ...more

I have tattoos--and piercings...so I am not about to object when my kids want them. Ok, so my ... more

Baby Got Back: Purity Dances and Virginity Balls

A few months ago, my friend Susie re-alerted me to the concept of purity dances and virginity balls (as all good friends really should do). Apparently these are formal dances attended by fathers and their tween and teen daughters, during which the girl promises her father she'll remain "pure" by not having sex until marriage. Here’s a quote from a story in the Chicago Tribune. While abstinence has long been promoted as a practical if controversial way of preventing teenage pregnancy, it has been reconstituted as part of a so-called modesty movement sweeping the country. Girls as young as 10 are being asked to take a stand against teen sex and also to counter the negative images they are bombarded with in the media. That means trashing CDs with sexually explicit language, turning off MTV and throwing away low-rider jeans and navel rings. It’s sort of a nice thought, isn’t it, that promises 10-year-old girls make can be kept? ...more

It may just be me, but if we are going to insist on such insipid balls, why are the girls ... more

Would You Tweet a Birth? Would You Bring Your Laptop to the Delivery Room?

In addition to considering which people you want in the delivery room, women giving birth today also need to contend with what technology to bring to the stirrups. I'm not talking about sonograms or epidural pumps. There are Twitter, Facebook, and blogging to consider. There are cell phones, computers, Blackberries, iPhones, cameras and Flip videos to trot out. People are livestreaming their birth experience! ...more

First, let me say I am not anti-technology...I simply believe it has its place.
In my ... more