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 […]

Teaching Through Imagination

My two-and-half year old toddler is becoming very imaginative. It’s amazing to sit back and watch her play with her favorite Paw Patrol figures, interacting with them as if they had jumped right out of the TV screen. She knows all their names, goes on adventures, and rescues her perilous farm animal toys from the […]

Tiger Mom or Sloth Mom?

There are a lot of theories running rampant in the parenting world these days. One term coined by author and Yale law professor, Amy Chua, is now known as “tiger mom”. What is a tiger mom, exactly? Wikipedia states it as “a term which refers to a strict or demanding mother who pushes her children to […]

Mama Bear

Recently my child ran out in the middle of a parking lot at night. At the same time, a car was coming around the corner (albeit about 15-20 mph) and I screamed for my daughter to stop and pay attention! She came to a screeching halt. The car halted. And I felt a mixture of relief […]

Loving Them

When my first child was born, it was oddly not love at first sight. I felt numb. And then… terror. What was I going to do with this tiny being? How was I going to be responsible for someone when I could barely take care of myself? I know now that those early notions of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]