7 Common Skin Conditions Babies Have

Did you know that skin is the largest organ in the human body?  It serves many functions on our behalf, and especially in our babies and young children. Our skin is the first line of defense against viruses, bacteria and other nasty bugs out there. Intact, moist and healthy skin shields us from many illnesses. […]

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Those Bath Toys?

How Often Should You Clean Bath Toys, and Why? Cleaning your child(ren)’s bath toys at least monthly, or when showing signs of visible dirt/discoloration, makes sense. Although we equate bath time with “clean”, the moist environment of the bath provides a fertile breeding ground for growth of mold and mildew – both on the outside […]

Raising a Reader

One of my greatest fears about having a child was having one who struggled with reading. There was a good chance that would happen as my otherwise brilliant husband has had a lifelong tug of war with books. Although sluggish at first, my son finally settled into a groove with reading but it wasn’t until […]

Thoughts From a Middle-Aged Mom

“You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.” ― P.J. O’Rourke It’s been 9 ½ years since I became a mother. This year I turn 40, and it just so happens that the kiddos are in New York with their […]

A Lesson in Kindness

Every time my kids snap at each other, I flinch. When I’m met with some sass, or they fling a retort back my way with expert ease, I realize that they learned that behavior from someone, more specifically, me. There is no better mirror than your own children.  And I’ll be the first to admit […]

Cheatsheet to Spring Allergies

It’s warming up on the West Coast (and soon for the rest of you), and lots of us are ITCHY and SNEEZY with pollen counts at an all-time high, winds blowing, and outdoor activities again dominating our lives. So, if you or your kids have seasonal allergies, here’s some advice on how to stay comfortable […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]