10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Sending My Kid to Kindergarten

Should I send my kid to kindergarten this year or next? It's a question weighed by parents -- primarily moms -- who are overcome by fear and indecision. A high-brow, anxiety-ridden choice believed to have life-long consequences. ...more

My 5 Key Steps For How to Not Raise a Picky Eater

Do you have a child that is a picky eater? I do. With a child that is a picky eater, every meal feels like I am a short order cook. One meal for the family and another for the picky eater. ...more

Help! My Husband Has Serious Dad Bod and It's So Not My Jam

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My husband has gotten waaaay out of shape. He's seriously let himself go in the 12 years that we've been married. Is there a nice, kind way to drop hints about his Dad Bod without completely destroying his feelings? Signed, Married to Captain Underpants ...more

Is It Still Okay to Blog About My Kids?

As my kids have grown out of infancy, I've thought more and more about where the boundaries are around what I share on my blog and on other forms of social media. I think about it quite a lot, and I've wanted to write about it many times, but I have backed off every time in fear of being too judgmental of other parents. ...more

Cool Aunts Are The Best!

Growing up with a sister means speaking in whispers late at night when you're supposed to be in bed, fighting but also making each other laugh at the dinner table, saving each other from getting in trouble and being thick as thieves. When one becomes a mama, the other becomes an aunt. And just like that, your sister becomes a lifeline in a way you've never experienced. After I gave birth, my sister was the first one to ask me, "How are you?" She'd ask me the same thing months later. Both times I wouldn't know where to begin, but it was still nice to be asked. ...more

6 Lessons You Should Learn Before Starting College

With the back-to-school season in full swing, I wanted to take this time to share some advice with those heading off to college. I’ve only been out of college for two years, so it's still a time in my life I remember well. And I definitely recall what the biggest challenges were for me then. It’s an awesome time in your life, but also a stressful one as you try to figure out what you're going to do with the rest of your life. ...more

Back-to-School: Time to Make the Lunches (oh. yay.)

Last week, a friend who lives in Georgia posted to Facebook that school had started back up in her town. Kids were putting on new backpacks, carefully pressed dresses, and clean shirts to climb on the bus and return to the classroom. Homework, recess, and math drills had replaced days at the beach, swim lessons, and s’more making in the backyard. In the Northeast, where I live, school doesn’t start until September, but my friend’s comment had my heart pounding and my fingers clicking over to our online family calendar. How many days did my kids have until school started? ...more

I'm Jealous Of His Ex-Wife

Jealousy is ugly on me. I suppose it's ugly on anyone, but it feels particularly nasty when I wear it. I would love to do away with it completely as an emotion, but it keeps cropping up again.> ...more

10 Things I Hope To See In Lena Dunham's Newsletter

Dear Lena Dunham, I've loved you since the first time I laid eyes on you. It was 2013 and you were receiving a Golden Globe award. I loved your chocolate colored dress, your hair, your tats, your speech. That I didn't discover you or your award-winning show, "Girls," sooner was because I was buried under two little babies under 2 and didn't have cable....more

On Being An Older Dad

I had just turned 42 when our daughter was born. I'm an old dad. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the median age for a father when his first child is born is 25.4. If I'd had my first child then, it would be driving, not diapers, that I'd be thinking about right now. I know some dads who are older, but not many. ...more