Dots and Spots, When Your Child’s Rash Requires a

  Let’s face it, your child’s skin is perfection. Plump, soft and smooth. So, when a rash affects your baby or child, how do you know if it’s a big deal (requiring a visit to your pediatrician) or something you can manage on your own? After years in the trenches, here are my top 10 […]

DIY Lip Gloss with Your Toddlers

My daughter Elle loves to sit in my lap while I put on my makeup. Of course she wants to imitate and do exactly like her mommy, so I give her a small chap stick to put on her lips while I apply my lipstick. She loves to smear it on, smack her lips in […]

Are we Listening to our Hunger Cues?

The last couple of months I’ve been working with a dietician and one of the homework assignments she gave me was to set a clock for 20 minutes during mealtime. The purpose? To slow my eating down. Now I’ve had plenty of challenges in my life. I’ve completed obstacle courses, I’ve run half-marathons, and I’ve […]

Extraordinary Little Lives: Exploring Parents of Special Needs Children

“We have no special needs children. Just children…with special needs.” – Uwe Maurer   As I reach the season of my children’s birthdays, I turned my mind to their development. And then I thought about parents with children on completely different development timelines. So last month, I put a request out to moms and dads […]

Are We Nuts to Give Peanuts to Babies?

Food allergies, and peanut allergies, in particular, have been at the forefront of concern in the US for the last decade. It’s estimated that about 2% of US children suffer from a peanut allergy – and because peanut allergy is less likely to be outgrown, peanut allergy is an important public health issue. Peanut allergies, […]

Less Princess Jasmine, More Princess Leia

  I speak a lot to the pressures of raising a daughter in a culture that throws pink princesses and impossible standards at young girls. Recently, I posted my thoughts on the death of Carrie Fisher on Geek Girl Authority, where I’m a contributing writer, and it made me put some thought into what made someone […]

Traveling with Children with Allergies Over the Holidays

Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough, but if your child has food allergies, planning ahead with a solid strategy will help you enjoy the holidays more. Here are some tips to survive travel, in keeping with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, […]

Heroine: Girls Can Be Superheroes Too

At a recent trip to BJ’s, I found myself wandering over to the bakery. Next month is my daughter’s birthday, and she’d asked for a Marvel Superhero theme. So, I thought I’d browse through their cake design book. There’s a boy section was filled with Pixar’s “Cars” and “Toy Story”, combined with ample selections of […]

Walking to School

I used to live in Los Angeles. That city is huge. The amount of people living in Los Angeles didn’t overwhelm me, the traffic did. I didn’t have the patience to wait on Broadway where you couldn’t make a left turn to enter the Santa Monica Promenade parking garage. So, I found myself parking six […]

Allergy Myth Busters

A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies and other allergies just aren’t true. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. Let’s take a look at 10 commonly held beliefs: Myth: Most People Who Believe They Have Food Allergies Actually Do. Fact: Up to […]