The Best Solution for When Kids Refuse Hugs

In my family, we don’t force our kids to hug or kiss family members. Here’s why: We believe that forcing physical affection teaches our kids that they aren’t in charge of who touches their bodies. If one of our kids ends up in the horrible situation of having an adult touch them in an inappropriate way, we want our kids to feel confident in saying no and getting the heck outta dodge to a safe place ....more

9 Surprising Things You Learn As a Work At Home Mom

This month marks one year since I walked away from my corporate desk job to be a full-time blogger and a work at home mom with three kids in tow. I thought the change would mean no more staying up until 1:00 in the morning to write. But I still do that ....more

Surprise Trick-or-Treaters With These Halloween Jokes {Printable}

My first year as an adult to have trick-or-treaters on Halloween? I was THAT house. I bought kids’ books at Goodwill for 25 cents each, and I handed those out instead of candy ....more

11 Girl Power Songs to Inspire Your Daughter

Fifth grade. The school bus had just dropped me off, along with all the other kids who lived in the cluster of apartment complexes near mine. As a painfully shy kid, I hadn’t made any friends who lived nearby ....more

Your Daughter Is Watching You

I gained a lot of weight during my last pregnancy. A lot. My diet was fine, I exercised when I could, and I didn’t have gestational diabetes ....more

I Found the Secret to Being a Happy Mom

Being home all day with my kids is a blessing. I know that, and I appreciate it. But that doesn’t change the fact that I’m home all day with my kids ....more

The Only Thing You Need to Survive the “Terrible Twos” – With Your Sanity Intact

Ever since our newest little one was born, I can barely manage to brush my teeth every day, let alone string together a coherent thought in the form of a grammatically correct sentence. I was whining to my friend Lauren about how there’s just no TIME, and a couple days later she surprised me with this post. Not only did she let my sleep-deprived brain off the hook, but she also opened my eyes in the most fantastic way about toddlerhood ....more

10 Universal Parenting Truths You Learn From Kids’ Movies

Before I had kids, I rarely watched the same movie a second time. Let alone for a one-hundredth time. But my kids seem to have an insatiable desire for re-watching the same movies ....more

Here’s a Quick Way to Connect With Your Kids While You’re Away

I have joint custody of my 7-year-old Abby. This means she lives with us every other week – and the other weeks, she lives with her dad and stepmom. The weeks when she’s not with us are never easy for anyone in our family, but Abby struggles most of all ....more

15 Simple Things Dads Don’t Realize Are the Most Important Things

When I was growing up, my dad was never around. I don’t mean that he worked long hours or traveled for work. What I mean is that he was physically absent for pretty much my whole childhood ....more