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My Top 5 Kid Storage Solutions That Don't Look Like Crap

When I was pregnant and imagining what life would be like with a child, I remember being horrified at the idea that my house was going to look like Little Tikes threw up all over it. I mean, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with Little Tikes and I’m in love with many of their products… but I really didn’t want primary colored plastic to be my new design style. ...more
The wonderful thing about nice storage spaces is that it also is a motivator to keep even that ...more

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk and Paint

When I was a kid we had a long dirt driveway, which was a source of serious disappointment for me. My friends with paved driveways used to make epic hopscotch paths and I so wanted to be able to make them. When we bought our house one of the first things I did was buy sidewalk chalk. What I didn't know then, and I do now, is I could have made my own. You can make your own sidewalk paint, too! I have a full container of chalk in my cupboard, but when it runs out I'l be trying some of these recipes. I added some fun activities you can do with chalk in here as well. Have fun! ...more

The Walls Come Tumbling Down: Fears Dissolve With a Simple Hello

The faces of children do not lie. Many kids are not exposed to special needs children often. The shock on their faces, the stares, the fear is hard to disguise. They don't know what to do. A few days ago, I walked with my son to the end of the line at his track meet. Two girls stood in front of him, each holding their metal shot put ball in their hand. My son's motions are sometimes jerky. He's often loud and unpredictable. His speech is to most people, incomprehensible. We stood behind them. Their eyes darted back and forth to each other. They had no idea what to do. ...more
nomorenicegirl  :-) That's terrific, for both kids.more

A Promise for More Fun: My Contract With My Kids for The Summer

Today is the last day of school for my not-so-little-anymore turkeys. I always have mixed emotions about it. As a work-at-home mom, I look forward to not setting the alarm clock every day or checking homework or worrying about library books, gym shoes, and piecing together lunches each day. ...more
PlaydatesFriday Thanks for the contract! Happy summer to you!more

How Can We Help Women's Careers? Better Parental Support... For Dads

Mark Tyler and I  have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent.  I asked him to write a post about his experience.  After several weeks of writing between bouts of  cooking, cleaning, hugging, story-telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me the following.  Thanks, Mark, and a very happy Father's Day to you. <...more

How Do Germophobes Potty Train Their Children?

Seriously, this question flitted through my mind this morning as I was enjoying my shower. We’re in our third week of potty training, and my two-year-old son showed up at the shower curtain, which is strange only because he had to pry his eyes away from Super Why! to come upstairs. Don’t judge, I NEED those seven minutes. My cherished seven minutes of “me” time turned into a poo-tastrophy of epic proportions this morning, and I wondered how the hell germophobes ever survive potty training their children. ...more
I'm a germaphobe for sure. And yes, it is insanely gross and tough. BUT...I also have to say ...more

The Day My Daughter Found Out I Have a Dad

For as long as my children have lived, they’ve assumed that I have only one parent: a mom. I didn’t have a dad because I never talked about having a dad. I never talked about having a dad because, in my mind, I don’t have a dad. Or, I did have a dad, but he died in 2008, two years before my oldest was born. So, since he wasn’t living when we conceived my first daughter and he wasn’t living when she was born, he had no meaning, beyond DNA, to their lives. So I didn’t talk about him…ever. ...more

What Dads Really Need to Hear This Father's Day

My Dearest Husband, Sometimes I forget. I forget that you, too, have had a hard day at work. When I toss the kids at you the second you walk through the door, I take for granted the fact that I have not even given you a moment’s break before beginning your other job as daddy. ...more
BlogHer nice! Great messages from dads are vital ... We totally agreemore

A Mamalode Magazine for Dads!

One of our favorite sections of Mamalode magazine (which BlogHer CEO Lisa Stone called "America's BEST parenting magazine!") has always been the "daddy-o" column. So, for Father’s Day, we have taken some of our favorite writing for and about fatherhood and put it into a special edition anthology called Dadalode....more

We ARE Pregnant: Why Mila Kunis Is Wrong

When Mila Kunis made her rant about men with pregnant mates saying “we are pregnant,” I heard a collective cheer from mothers and mothers-to-be from every end of the universe. And while I understand the difference between being pregnant and being WITH someone who is pregnant, I have to say that I don’t agree. Many men and wives of doting husbands would beg to differ as well. ...more
As a labor and delivery nurse I can't tell you how much I appreciate your point of view. I'm ...more