One of the great joys of parenting (for me) is reading books aloud to my kids. It’s fun for us all and good for them, too. I remember long drives to Grandma’s house when I was a kid, my mom reading chapter books from the front passenger seat. Little House, Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, The … More Favorite Read-Aloud Picture Books
My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 5
It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance… You need a break. You need some eye candy. The Denim Jungle on Instagram Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you … More Eye Candy
Parents have a conundrum. For every moment we spend doing our own thing, it feels inversely connected to our family’s care. We are the nurtures, the caregivers. If we’re caring for ourselves, isn’t that less time (and money) spent caring for our kids? We’re programmed to think it comes down to selfishness or selflessness. And have … More Hey Parents: Be More Selfish
Since I’ve traveled with kids a decent amount, people often ask me for tips. My most frequent advice is: You can do more than you think you can. The same holds true with many things in life actually.
Ready to play a game? Keep your eyes firmly planted on the screen. Then (without looking around) read the following question, close your eyes, and answer it:
It’s Children’s Book Week! What are some of your favorites, recent or classic? Here are some of my top new discoveries. You can also check out my full list
How many of you parents out there can relate to this terrible, horrible, so good, very awesome day?
How do you prioritize between outside needs and internal inspiration? Well, to start with, you need to get back to the basics of the word need. For instance for the past three years, on top of my monetary and motherly contributions to my family, I felt I needed to blog 2-3 times a week, all … More How Do You Prioritize?
As more people are having kids later in life, many find themselves navigating the unchartered waters of parenting without the guidance of their own parents to help light the way. When I lost my adored mother-in-law, Sue, and grandmother-in-law, Shirley, mere months after having my first child, the thought of raising my daughter without them was, well, … More Parenting Under the Influence