Why Dad is NOT a Babysitter

I’m a military mom who’s just come off of one month of duty. This will mark the third year that my husband has had to handle our children without me for the duration of my spring tour. And he does it like a boss. And that’s not including all the months I spent at boot […]

Parental Persecution in the Age of the Internet

Recently you may have read about the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo with the young child that fell into the gorilla enclosure. This is not an article about who was at fault. This is not an argument over the tragedy of losing such a majestic animal as Harambe. This is more of an observation about […]

My First International Flight with 2 Toddlers

This year, we had a lot of anxiety leading up to our first ever international flight with two children under the age of 4. We weren’t just going international, but actually crossing over the date-line. I used to think that 6-10 hour flights were long, but 15 hours and 40 minutes to the Philippines? Plus TSA […]

When Grandparents Become Babysitters

The dreaded burden of a job hangs over your head. It’s time to head back to work and leave your little newborn. Trusting someone to care for your little one is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. It’s too soon, you think. When Elle was a baby, we lived far away from the grandparents. […]

To Feed or Not to Feed? Food Allergies in the First Year

When it comes to feeding your infants, you lean pretty heavily on your pediatrician, your family, and your friends for advice. Over the last 5 years, and especially this year, there has been a quantum shift in how we’re being advised to feed our infants – based on evidence gathered from many studies supporting the […]

How About a Road Trip?

Okay, bags are packed and it’s time to double check the packing list. Toothbrush, check. Snacks for the baby, check. Diapers, check. Wipes, check. It’s inevitable that the car is going to get messy—we’ll be crammed in there for 5-6 hours. So, back to the list. Toys, check. Plush animals, check. Crayons, check. Shoes, check. […]

The Dance School Lobby

I am going to be honest with everyone straight out of the gate: the lobby at my daughter’s dance studio makes me miserable on so many levels that I get dizzy. I genuinely go into existential crisis mode when I’m there. I wish I could put my finger on exactly why I have such an […]

Food and the Social Experience

Yesterday, we went to a Celtic Festival in southern Maryland and my daughter’s friend asked her to try some funnel cake. When my kid had no idea what that was, her friend balked. “You’ve never had funnel cake before?! You need to try it!” “What’s it taste like?” “Kind of like an old-fashioned donut.” My […]

When Your Child Gets Sick While Traveling

Planning is everything when you take a trip, especially when you have a child. When you’re on the road (or in a plane, train or boat) it’s important to be prepared for the possibility that illness may strike any family member. It’s hard enough managing your child being ill at home—it’s even more challenging when you’re away! […]

Is Your Child Safe in a Seat Belt?

Kids are now in full swing – the school year is wrapping up, which means school activities, extracurriculars, exams, and, of course, gearing up for summer time activities! That means parents will be driving more than just their own children to and from school and activities. As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that passenger safety is important […]