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 […]

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 […]

Halloween Spider Slime

If your kids are anything like mine, they cannot get their hands on enough slime! With the month of October upon us, crafts and activities in our home have taking on a spooky spin. Yes, jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows are standard fare, but why not add spidery slime into the seasonal repertoire? Halloween Spider Slime  Ingredients […]

6th Annual Costume Cutie Contest

Halloween is just a few weeks away, meaning it’s time for our 6th annual Costume Cutie Contest—a chance for you and your little one to show off your adorable and creative costume ensembles! This year, increase your chances of winning by taking advantage of our separate Twitter and Instagram hosted #BBCutie Giveaways! In order to […]