Memorial Day & the Military Child

I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the last holiday of the month: Memorial Day. As a mother and a member of the Armed Forces, I know more than anyone the struggles of raising a child while serving on active duty. The military child is a complicated thing: they move around constantly and rarely get […]

If You’re Exhausted, You’re Not Alone

Last month, my husband and I got into a conversation about why parenting is so exhausting. Ok, so there’s some obvious reasons. This isn’t exactly rocket science. If you’re anything like me, by the end of the day you have no juice left and it’s all you can do to sit in front of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Night the Ghastly Ghouls Appeared: A Pureé Poem

The night the Ghastly Ghouls Appeared The house was silent, and I feared The blender’s cry would pierce the ear As I pureéd.   The Baby Bullet’s frightful face Took on a sneer, seemed out of place It watched me move all o’er the place As I pureéd.   There came behind me quite a […]

Planting Trees with the Boys

Almost every time that my boys are playing in the backyard, the Los Angeles sun beats down on us. I feel a pang of regret that we didn’t plant more shady trees when we first moved into our house…5 years ago. We did plant some ornamental trees but they do little for us during this […]