My Parenting “Don’t” List


I’ve had many different parents with many different parenting styles over to my house over the years, and it’s a real treat to watch their dynamic. More often than not, it’s the child and not the parent who calls the shots. At dinner time, the child asks for something else to eat. I don’t say […]

The Restaurant Rodeo

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A few weeks ago I was sitting in a chair at a restaurant, spaghetti sauce all over my shirt, parmesan cheese crumbs all over my lap, with a writhing two year-old whimpering and fussing on my lap. I looked at my husband across the table and firmly declared, “I am NOT going to another restaurant […]

Kinder Kind


Since starting elementary school six months ago, my eldest daughter Gemma has two gaps in her front teeth, reads “Bob Books” to her sisters, writes secret languages in her diary and has arranged a marriage between herself and six other kids. (In Utah, natch). She ties her own shoes. She wears an amulet to school. […]



My three and a half year old has massive fits. Well, she’s three and nine months – so if I’m being honest, she’s pushing four. Her tantrums are so major that she’ll thrash around for a half hour, become inconsolable and virtually shut off from the rest of the world. Here’s an example: this past […]

Running on Empty


I had a hard time coming up with a topic for this month’s post, mostly because I feel as if I can’t catch my breath. When a friend asked me how it was all going, I was honest: “Fantastic. In love with the kids. But I feel as if I’m running on empty.” If I’m […]

Food Fight! How strict is too strict?


Food, as a topic, is inherently controversial but it’s even more polarizing when people talk about it in relation to their kids. Even feeding at its most primal level, nursing, makes national headlines, ie, this month’s Time Magazine cover. Personally, I think the shock value was absurd and have no problem with a mom’s breast-feeding […]

Mom Confessions: When getting through the madness takes priority over ideal parenting


Child rearing comes with many challenges. For most of us lucky enough to have normal, healthy children it’s the silly, little things that can get under our skin. We shouldn’t let it get to us, but it does. It’s life. There’s always an answer to the irritating moment. I have seen some pretty “together” moms […]

21 Creative Consequences For Your Child


Let’s face it. Discipline is not an easy thing. Remember when you were a child? Most of us can recall a time when we promised ourselves, “I would never do this to my children!” — yet here we are, trying so hard to fight against our urge to outyell our children into submission. With stubborn […]

Clean Your Room, Now!


Get Your Kids to Do Daily Chores Without Nagging Them Want to know how to get your kids to participate in the clean up? First of all, don’t pay them to do it. Expecting your children to help with the daily and weekly upkeep of the family home is vital to their mental health. Okay, […]

Life Isn’t Fair

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“Never feel sorry for a child because it gives him a reason to feel sorry for himself.” As moms we try to keep things fair – we really do. Sometimes we even go overboard. We surely wouldn’t want one child to feel slighted if the other one is getting a great deal of attention. In small […]