February 18, 2018

Dear Lonely Mom of Older Kids

coolest kid in middle school

By Rachel Anne Ridge Remember when it was easy to post photos of your adorable baby, or messy toddler on Facebook? Remember how you could publicly bemoan sleepless nights, and kids pooping in the bathtub? How your fridge was full of magnets and fingerpaintings that were impossible to tell what they depicted? You could talk… Read more

Adolescence is hardest on parents


By Jennifer Senior Here’s what may be most powerful about adolescence, from a parent’s perspective: It forces them to contemplate themselves as much as they contemplate their own children. Toddlers and ­elementary-school children may cause us to take stock of our choices, too, of course. But it’s adolescents, usually, who stir up our most self-critical… Read more

Growing up Unvaccinated


By Amy Parker I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame…As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella,… Read more

7 parenting mistakes that keep kids from growing into leaders

damaging parenting

Here are 7 damaging parenting behaviors that keep children from becoming leaders – of their own lives and of the world’s enterprises: 1. We don’t let our children experience risk We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. The “safety first” preoccupation enforces our fear of losing our kids, so… Read more

How did you combat holiday stress?

holiday stress

The holidays can be a stressful time for many. One of the times I tried to keep my cool was when our family got caught up in the shipping delays that affected so many others nationwide.   By mid-December I wanted to keep remembering the reason for the season and one thing I thought might… Read more

Too Much Fundraising

too much fundraising

  I just read a post a mom of a kindergartner wrote on Facebook about feeling overwhelmed by all of the requests for time and money at her son’s school…every year around this time I repost the following story I wrote in October 2011… Walking into a neighborhood restaurant I am ambushed by a teenage… Read more

Keep Talking

parenting mistakes

By Julie Samrick I served as a juror last week and along with eleven of my peers found the defendant guilty.  The young man had been charged with drug crimes, yet it was still a tragedy to see him squandering his life away. I kept thinking of my own sons, ages eleven and nine, and… Read more

5 ways to thrive with kids during the elementary school years

thrive with kids

Now that my four kids are 5, 7, 9 and 11 I’ve noticed my routine has readjusted a bit in order to run a smooth household and stay joyful as a stay-at-home mom. Working moms should be able to use these tips too.   Here are five ways I’m still thriving as a mom of… Read more

18 ways to help kids find their passion

kids find their passion

There has been much talk about helping kids find their passion so that they can live a full life, but how do you help your kids find that spark?  As a parent you can open the door to experiences and opportunities.  You can encourage your kids to try different things and to always be curious… Read more

If you give a mom a load of laundry

If you give a mom a load of laundry

“If you give a mom a load of laundry” (a la “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” or “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie”) By Karma David If you give a mom a load of laundry, she’ll see the stack of dishes to be done. When she starts on the dishes, she’ll wonder… Read more