Watching the Inauguration With My Biracial Kids This MLK Day

Four years ago, my three-year-old daughter barely grasped the idea that the United States elected our first African American president. Today, when we watch the inaugural ceremony for his second term, I look forward to explaining the significance of Barack Obama’s presidency to my three-year-old son. Some people might think three years old is too young to talk to a child about race and politics, but not me. ...more
Great post, Kim! I miss the melting pot of DC. So pleased your children will have that melting ...more

Nie Asks: What's Your Favorite Fast Food?

What is your favorite fast food joint? Me? I could eat at Chipotle every single day. Serious. Now your turn: Do you have a favorite? Or do you not eat fast food? Tell me in the comments: I want to know! ...more

15 Books for Chronicling Your Life

I love books that are "projects" and help you easily document your story. I find myself drawn to them in bookstores and often can't resist buying one or two a year. With it being New Year's Eve, I thought it was the perfect day to share my favorite 15 books to help you chronicle life. Consider ordering one and documenting 2013 in a quick and easy way....more

How to Start Solid Food With Your Baby

Nutrition for your baby is a huge focus of those early months while her body is developing, and as a parent, you're setting the tone for her lifelong relationship with food. Setting up your child with a nutritional foundation of super foods while helping her make the transition to solids is equally rewarding for you and your baby. Now is the time to set the stage for healthy eating habits starting from day one. ...more

Getting Your Baby Off to a Great Start with Solids

As a mom to a 23-month-old and an eight-month-old who made all my own food for both babies, I was interested to read what Tamika Gardner had to say in her Crib Sheet on introducing solid foods. I agreed with so much she said, and I can honestly say I incorporated all of these into my feeding both children. ...more
Truly good tips. Solid foods are a big boost for a baby. I agree there are many books and ...more

Why Is Boys' Clothing So Awful?

I've ranted about the clothing selections for boys for, well, seven years now. It's easy to see the problem when you walk into a store and the boys' section is half the size of the girls' clothing. Stephanie at Froggy & the Mouse recently complained about what's available to dress her two boys, especially as her older son is sizing up into the big boys' section. Do you agree with her points? ...more
Agree with @tanya.arcefox; read "Packaging Girlhood" and weep - much of that stuff is totally ...more

Have Kids, Will Travel -- Travel Tips For Busy Parents

When traveling with kids, moms need all the help they can get! (Can I get a witness?) So today I thought I'd share with you dear sweet lazy moms (and dads) a few lazy tips I used during our spring break vacation. ...more

Seizures, Autism, and Our Family's New Normal

I'll never turn my cell phone off in a movie theater again, not after doing so made me miss the call that my 12-year-old autistic son was having a full-blown seizure....more
Shannon, the emotional roller coaster and angst you described are all too familiar. (BTW, a ...more

Making Parenting Decisions Based on Brain Science

I read a recent post by Dawn at The Dalai Mama with interest. As the lone female in a house full of males, I think it's important for me to learn the differences in the way male and female brains work. Dawn shares what she learned at a recent talk about early childhood and parenting. ...more

Can Autism Be Outgrown?

I am a parent to a teenager with Asperger's. Er, wait, excuse me -- thanks to the recent DSM revisions, I'm not supposed to say that anymore (even though my son strongly self-identifies as an "Aspie"). I am a parent to a teenager with high-functioning autism. As you might expect, I read a lot of articles about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), the various quackery that runs amok in the autism world, etc. ...more
It's only when you get to experience it yourself, you just won't agree that one can actually ...more