Christmas Equals Childlike

Christmas Equals Childlike I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that.  ~Bob Newhart...more

Prepare to Parent Teen Boys & Their Electronic Access to Porn

New electronics for your teen boys this Christmas? With growing scientific evidence showing heavy internet porn causes changes in brain development and poorer adult sexual function, parents MUST protect their young men. Keep computers out of bedrooms and park smart phones at night in central areas....more

Observing my Family, aka Children in the Mist

I have a very active imagination. Sometimes I think of the weirdest things; just the tiniest fragments of thought that gain momentum until they have a life of their own, like a spark in a fireplace. These thoughts are often strange, sometimes disturbing, and usually apropos of nothing.For example, I wondered what it would be like if scientists embedded themselves with my family in our natural habitat. You know, like apes in the wild. That’s normal, right?Okay, well. Whatever. I digress....more

PHOTOS: Why We Walked the Walk and Marched for Justice

The way I see it, we have two options in wake of the national news: to talk to our children about police brutality or not. And if we tell them, which I hope we all do, we can go one step further and put our words into action. ...more
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I call St. Louis home, and the events ...more

The Best Way to Parent a College Teen

The time when you send your child to college is the most difficult time of parenting. They say it’s most difficult when the kids enter teenage. However, in their late teens when they make it to college, there are a lot of things you must deal with. Besides helping them find a course they would like and pay the college fees or get a scholarship, you also have the task of helping them settle in college. It would be difficult for you to deal with the pain of being away from them. The days when you can’t see your kid at home are not definitely sweet....more

How Kids Can Give Back and Have Fun

During the holidays, children are primarily focused on what they’re going to get for Christmas. What will Santa bring? Will I get bigger gifts than my friends? But it’s important to instill a sense of giving early on with children....more

Why some parental decisions get rebuffed

This post first appeared on Mona Andrei's personal blog, Moxie-Dude.When people first meet me they’re always surprised by my age. If you don’t know me in real life, I’m pulling 40.Note from the Hamster: Liar! You’re pushing 50!Then they’re surprised to find out that I’m a mother to four kids – two in their mid to late 20s and two teenagers....more

10 Things We (Still) Love as Adults That We Shouldn't

(Original post: day you become a mom is the day that you  transition into becoming a bona fide adult. We’re supposed to embrace responsibility and let go of the things that kept us mired in our own childhoods.But those things were kinda awesome, which is probably why lots of us get our claws into the nostalgia of our youth and hang on for dear life....more

Why I'm Skipping "Rudolph!"

Being afraid of things when you are a 47 year old mother is kind of embarrassing, especially when your teenage children learn of these fears, and use them to torment you.  Last night, my kids were watching Rudolph, for the millionth time.  They know that I have always been afraid of the Abominable Snowman.  Seriously.  I always hated that part of the movie when I was little, and I'm not too impressed that now they make stuffed animals of the thing, and pass them off as "cute."  I mean, look at him!...more

Oh No, What Have I Done?

As you know, you can’t take words back once you say them. Luckily though, you were only heard by a select few. You can drive through the country with a bullhorn repeating it for everyone to hear, and it still doesn’t come close to the Internet. Once words are spoken, they disappear, the Internet is forever....more