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Flying While Something Other Than Whatever Bigots Think is Acceptable

Recently I got into a Twitter conversation with a friend who lives on the West Coast of the United States and is planning a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend.From couches they could crash along the way, the talk soon turned to race and safety.My friend is Black. And while most major U.S. cities have their minority-friendly zones, the vast spaces between those major cities can sometimes be questionably comfortable for non-white people....more
thank you for sharing this.  I know I as a white woman living in a very white area need to hear ...more

Moms Stand Up Against Gun Violence - Action Week!

Gun violence is the number 2 killer of children between the ages of 2 and 19.Friends, MothersI know the topic of gun control is an extremely volatile issue. I want to make it clear that I am NOT opposed to guns, hunting, or homeowners having guns in their homes....more
It's not too late to join the discussion!more

21 Signs You Might Have a Teen in Your Home

Remember the days when Fisher Price decorated your house and your living room looked like Geoffrey the Giraffe puked all over it? Those days are like wine and roses compared to what your house looks like when you have teens living with you. Here are the signs that a teen is living in your house:...more
I can confirm that this is 100% accurate. Thanks for making me laugh and reinforce that my home ...more

Our Adoption Story, and What I Wish I Had Known

Adoption is a difficult road to navigate. When we chose to pursue adoption, we didn’t know many people who’d been down this road before and who could provide us with the basics on what to expect along this new phase of our journey. ...more
Thank you so much for sharing!  My husband and I have just finished our home study and are now ...more

Advice for Parenting after Adoption

So you've either just started the adoption process or you're already a new adoptive parent. Whether you're navigating domestic, international, or a foster-to-adopt program, all forms of adoption have elements in common and this crib sheet aims to get you ready or help you along as you become a parent. You've probably already studied the mechanics of parenting such as feeding, changing, bathing and transporting, but what about all the unique parenting moments that come up through adoption? ...more

Nie Asks: What Picture Do You NEED Me to See?

What picture do you need to share with us? I want to see it! Check out this picture that my 11-year-old daughter Claire took with my phone. Now your turn: Leave a link to your favorite photo of the moment in the comments! ...more
Your daughter's picture made me laugh. I'm late to this picture party, but here's one of my ...more

Create Your Own Calendar Center at Home!

Editor's Note: There are many reasons why I didn't go into teaching as a career. However, the only real reason I wanted to was so I could decorate a room and have one of those cool calendars on the bulletin board that I could change up every month. Even today, I walk the aisles of our teaching supply store and gently touch the snowflakes and the apples. If you have a bit of the same nostalgia for your elementary school classroom, follow these tips from Michelle at The Momma Bird to bring a little educational activity and school-flair into your playroom. -Jenna ...more
I'd like to see a slight redesign, with a circle of months around the displayed one, the current ...more

Celebrating Different: Let Our Kids Be Daredevils

I’m completely for gender equality with regard to all opportunities, be they in education, sports, work, or any other aspect of life. I believe people should be free to live their lives in a way that reflects them, their thoughts, and feelings. That also means allowing boys and girls to enjoy differences, free from societal and parental interference, which come naturally to many of them. As I watched our son, his friend, our daughter, and nieces play not long ago, I saw a marked difference in their approach to fun. ...more

Mama Blessing: Not Quite a Shower, but Still a Celebration

My belly full of henna, a collaborative effort! When I was pregnant with Delilah, my sister and mother threw me a beautiful baby shower. People came from near and far to shower my baby with love. There were lovely decorations, tons of food, silly games, and oodles and oodles of very generous gifts. The generosity my little family was shown that day was such that when we found out we were expecting again, there was very little in the way of "stuff" that we needed! (Especially after several friends with sons passed along many bags, boxes, and bins full of hand-me-downs!) While I didn't want or need a "shower" this time around, I still longed for a celebration of some sort....more
This is an AMAZING alternative to showers!  I think it's just perfect!  I love it, thank you for ...more

Crush It! My Candy Crush Saga

Editor's Note: Have you played Candy Crush yet? You might find that you love the silly game and want to play and play. Here's Erin's story about her Candy Crush saga. -Virginia ...more
This game makes my hungry :| The candy looks way to yummymore