My Child, My "Friend": Parenting in the Age of Facebook

After months of discussions, deliberations and negotiations, I finally gave in. I let my oldest child join Facebook. I had spent the past two years telling him it’s completely unnecessary, it’s a waste of time, it’s more appropriate in high school or college, and that it’s just one more playground of vulnerability.  I still hold every bit of this to be true. I am also, actually, very glad that he is on Facebook. ...more
Nicely said. I recently told an acquaintance when she said that the safest way to keep her kids ...more

Does Breastfeeding Cause Divorce?

Admittedly, most talk of the health care bill and the state of medical care in our country causes my eyes to glaze over. (Apologies to my many friends who are talented, valuable doctors.) But this spring, new research was released with quite a splash, catching my attention. ...more
I see what you're saying, but I think every woman is different.  I breastfed my first for 18 ...more

What's The Right Age To Take A Child's Cell Phone Away?

I realize for many, the question is usually, “What is the right age to give your child a cell phone?” Well, in my house, that question had been easy. With the confidence of an all-knowing parent who’d never had a preteen, much less a teen, I adamantly stated my case to the women in my book club a few years ago. “Kids with cell phones are ridiculous,” I asserted. “Mine will get it when he needs it –- the same time he gets his driver’s license.” ...more

I'm trying to remember what the net gain or loss was. It came out to nearly a wash...I paid him ...more