542nd Friday Blog Roundup

I am currently writing this on a cocktail of three allergy medications, so I’d like to apologize in advance if it’s complete gibberish....more

Feeling Alone

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), and it has been heartening — as it always is — to see so many posts speaking out about infertility....more

Finishing Harry Potter

The twins and I finished Harry Potter....more

#MicroblogMondays 34: Editing and Authorship

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* There was an interesting post recently on Mental Floss musing that Laura Ingalls Wilder may not have written the Little House books....more

How to Start a Book Club for Kids

This week, I’m going to be leading the entire 4th grade through a game of Quidditch at recess....more

541st Friday Blog Roundup

I read a post a few weeks ago about the idea of closing the comment section on a blog in order to move the conversation to other social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. He makes some excellent points about the comment section: “The system is built for individual comments, not for discussion threads […] ...more

Will Paid Family Leave Be There When You Need It?

The irony: In order to go to the White House for the "Champions of Change for Working Families" event today, I had to do some fancy scheduling with my husband. It happened smack at the hour of school pick-up. "So if you go to work early, you can swing by and pick up the kids after school and bring them back to your office. And then I can drive out and grab them from your office and then go home to get our science fair stuff. And then if you make sandwiches and leave them on the counter, I can toss those to the kids..." ...more
TheSoccerMomBlog Such an incredibly frustrating story.  I'm sorry you had to go through that.more

Free Range Parenting and Helicopter Children

I’ll admit that the discussion online regarding the parents whose children were taken into custody again because they were playing alone at a park has made me cranky....more

The Greatest Drawer Pulls of All Time

So I read a home decorating article that described drawer pulls and knobs as the “jewelry” of the kitchen....more

Would You Pay for Ad-Free YouTube?

I am sure you have experienced this, too. You are reminiscing about a McDonald's commercial from your youth. (Didn't you also love the one where the campers walk to McDonald's in the rain pretending they're ducks?) You decide that you must show your children said commercial because you loved it so damn much that you can still sing the song. And you know that it must exist on YouTube because EVERYTHING exists on YouTube. You use the search bar, putting in key words: McDonald's, commercial, ducks. AND THERE IT IS! You are so close to watching those adorable campers from Camp Nippersink share some French fries! You click to watch, turning so you can see your children's faces as they enjoy it. And then you realize that they're watching 30 seconds of commercials. No, I mean, like commercials before the commercial. Like YouTube's commercials before they get to the McDonald's commercial. ...more
I don't think I'd pay because I don't mind them.  The exclusive content piece is different ...more