Why I'm mad at Katy Perry

This post first appeared on Mona Andrei's personal blog, Moxie-Dude.Before I get into the meat of this post about why I’m mad at Katy Perry, please allow me to make a few assumptions …Assumption #1:At the risk of sounding like a stalker or even a genius, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that you own a radio. I just figure that since you have internet, you must also have a radio.Assumption #2:...more

It's true: Your teen isn't listening to you

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper)....more

Tween & Big Kid Party Ideas

Christmastime is here! Are you going to or having any parties? Adults love to celebrate with a bit of yuletide cheer....more


The poor boy inherited his mother’s bad throat.A crummy night’s sleep, an overtaxing day, a demanding week, and there they go: the tonsils. Swelling, scratching, kissing, and aching–tender tonsils manifest the stress....more

Stuffed Bun Mohawk

Pretty Hair Is FunStuffed Bun Mohawk -- See all pics and full post HEREWelcome to one of our FAVORITE hairstyles! We did this WAAAY back on my blog when this blondie of mine was about 4 yrs. old. ...more

I am not cool; I am a parent

Take a deep breath and revert back to your 15-year-old self for just a moment. Are you there? Now, think about your parents when you were 15. Were they cool? Probably not. And that is a good thing....more

Parenting Follow Up: Campus Rape

Are we part of the problem? Could we be doing more??? Responses to our coverage of Campus Rape mirrored the national discussion and included reflections on institutional complicity, fraternity closures, and underage drinking. But as the weeks wore on, we noticed significant parent pain - sadness and resignation that we’re sending our kids into a world where sexual violence is reported as the norm, but also significant questions about whether we could have (or still can) do more to change the social framework. A friend from near Philadelphia wrote:...more

Does your son play high school football? Now brain changes are occurring even WITHOUT concussions

My 7-year-old son told me again last night that he plans to be a football player. Actually, he said, "I'm going to be a football player and then an engineer." The timing couldn't have been been better (or worse, depending how you look at it), considering that college football player Kosta Karageorge just killed himself citing concussions for messing with his mind."Maybe you should be an engineer FIRST, then play football," I suggested. "Because playing football can really damage your brain and you'll need it to be an engineer." ...more

Parenting the NAC

Each stage of parenting seems to have the same three steps:Step 1: Freak out because this is really hard! Step 2: Hey – I think I got the hang of this!...more