'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Left Out Some Stuff

Like most new moms, I bought the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book. It introduced me to an entirely new vocabulary with words I'd only heard clicking through shows on TLC — episiotomy, amniocentesis, Pitocin. Image: velmegunar...more

Relax, Toddler Screen Time Is OK!

Feeling terrible about sticking your tot with the iPad for a few minutes just so you can brush your teeth? Fear not, Mom—new research is here to wash at least some of that guilt away. In a new guide released by Zero to Three, a nonprofit organization that conducts infant and toddler research, experts get to the bottom of the screen time debate more than ever before. Their goal? To find out just how "detrimental" screen time really is for kids, anyway. ...more
Great info! So well written.more

5 Great Tips To Help You Survive Holiday Travel with Kids

It’s that time of year again. Time to pack up the kids, hit the road, book the plane tickets and travel the friendly road and skies. As a parent, traveling during the holidays can be a migraine-sized nightmare if you don’t plan appropriately. So let’s look at a few things you can do to make that migraine turn into an annoying nag that a cup of hot cocoa can easily fix....more
As a former flight attendant, I never understood why anyone would travel with children who are ...more

Which Superhero Mom Are You? All of Them, Right?

Let’s just say it, moms are superheroes. Between the juggling work, school, activities, doing homework, keeping schedules, fighting picky eaters, wiping little tushies, shushing, chauffeuring, chasing, teaching and then finding time for ourselves on top of it all, we must regularly call upon a bevy of superhuman powers. We may not wear capes, or super tight spandex unitards, but we are a force to be reckoned with. And in case anyone wants to argue with that notion, how about we compare our skills to those of our favorite superheroes? ...more
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The Natural Hair Movement Is Good for Our Daughters

I can still recall sitting between my mother’s legs as she struggled to comb my very tightly curled hair when I was 3 or 4 years old. Back then it was called nappy hair, and my mother was absolutely at odds with my naps. She herself had loose, curly hair and could manage her own quite easily with water and some type of conditioner. ...more
Such a great post! I believe in this wholeheartedly. I just had a baby girl 9 months ago and I ...more

Motherhood Is What You Make Of It

Heather Havrilesky has a thing or two to say about the word “mommy,” and she shared a few of those things in a recent article in the New York Times. In some ways, I get it. There’s been a paradigm shift (a few of them, even) in the world of parenting in the past 40 years. It used to be that you had kids and earned the title of "parent." These days, how you actually parent seems to take center stage. Gone is the noun as the verb takes over. ...more
Amen! Well said & I completely agree. The beauty is we're all unique moms raising unique children.more

Gasp! Food Writer's Son Is a Picky Eater!

My husband is going out tonight, and I’m doing a happy dance. Not because I don’t want to spend time with my beloved but because it means I don’t have to cook dinner. I plan to heat up a hot dog or two for my 8-year-old son with a handful of baby carrots alongside, and I couldn’t be happier. Which is strange, since I’m a food writer. I’m living no every food writers’ dream: parenting the world’s pickiest eater. ...more
Do you suppose he's a supertaster?  Perhaps his palette is just tasting things on a whole ...more

How Did You Not Know That Having Kids Would Be Hard?

I recently wrote a piece about how my feelings towards my dog changed after I had a child. Unsurprisingly (because people online have a lot of feelings about children and a lot of feelings about pets), this got a strong reaction from the peanut gallery. I should have known better than to read the comments. But because I’m a stupid idiot, I looked in on some. What I saw several times was this internet chestnut: How did you not know that having children would be hard? ...more
Judgmental much? I didn't gain more than I should and in fact lost all the baby weight within 2 ...more

What I Wish Renee Zellweger Had Said

One of the weekly rituals I look forward to most is reading the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. No need to sugar coat it, it’s the upscale gossip column of the paper. Why then was I feeling so irritated this week as I finished the last story about another sweet newly married couple? Then I remembered, the article teased on page one with the headline, “Renee Zellweger Defends her New Look.” ...more
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How Do You Help Your Kids Hold On To Their Cultural Identity?

My husband is a Gujarati of Indian descent born and raised in Africa. Like me, he grew up in a household where his family’s cultural traditions, food, clothing and language were a source of pride and engrained in his childhood years. ...more
My children are very close to their grandparents, therefore they learned about their cultures. ...more