February 18, 2018

Yay or Nay to Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the Shelf

By Julie Samrick Who knew a little Christmas elf could create internal conflict and even spark a mommy war? It wasn’t designed this way. The Elf on the Shelf was created by a mom in 2005 as a promise for more magic at Christmastime. Each household’s elf reports naughty or nice behavior back to the… Read more

Knockout game growing

knockout game

In September, Ralph Santiago, 46, of Hoboken, N.J., died from injuries resulting from a suspected knockout game attack that sent him careering backward into a fence, where his head got lodged. Three teens — two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old — have been charged with murder. Read more

Children burned by limes?

burned by lime juice

Stephanie Ellwanger’s daughters, 12 and 9, suffered from third degree burns, but no one knew the source until they finally figured out it was from lime juice. Read the rest of the story

My Child’s Teacher Was 50 Feet from the Boston Marathon Explosion

Boston Marathon explosion

By Julie Samrick For weeks we wished her well, happy that our friend and children’s teacher would be fulfilling her lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon.  Here is the article that I wrote about her retelling of what happened during the Boston Marathon explosion as a reporter for our regional California newspaper, The Mountain… Read more

Kids Need Concrete Tools To Combat Bullying

how to tell if your child is a bully

By Julie Samrick The American Journal of Public Health reports suicides have surpassed car crashes as the nation’s leading cause of injury-related deaths. Even my own small community has been hit hard by suicide with the untimely deaths of three young high school students this year alone.   The too common stories of troubled American… Read more

Why Moms Can’t Have It All


A high-powered career woman eats her words as she finally admits what she’s been trying to make happen since becoming a parent- a full-time working mom just can’t have it all unless she is in control of her own schedule.  Check out the cover story in the most recent edition of The Atlantic, “Why Women… Read more

How Heather Von St. James Found Courage for Cancer Through Motherhood


By Heather Von St. James If you ask my daughter about my cancer, she will tell you one thing, “I saved my mommy’s life.” She says it in such a nonchalant manner, it is as if she is saying, “The sky is blue.” But she is right, she DID save my life.   My husband and I… Read more

How to Help Tweens Survive “The Drama Years”


Author Haley Kilpatrick spent 10 years studying girls during the middle school years, and she highlights what she thinks parents and teachers of tween girls should know in her new book The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School — Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More. Read more about it

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! May You Have at Least 100 More


By Julie Samrick The experiences I had as a Girl Scout back in the 1970s and ‘80s still rank in the top 5 memories of my childhood- like the “tippy test” at camp each summer, when we had to flip a canoe over in the middle of a cold lake, fully clothed, and then get… Read more

How Adoption Can Transform Lives

Rachel at 17 months

By Julie Samrick   For anyone who’s ever wondered if it’s possible to love an adopted child as much as a biological one, let me tell you Susan’s story.   Susan and her husband, Trent, had two biological children of their own, a boy and a girl, with hopes for an even larger family.  When… Read more