Girls Play Football Too: Gender Roles On The Playground

“Did she tell you she hit her head?” my husband asked. “Yes,” I said. I went on to explain that my daughter fell and bumped her head when one of the boys pushed her while playing tag. “I just don’t like her playing with the boys. They are too rough and probably annoyed that she’s … Continue reading

Should You Worry If Your Kid Is Too Confident?

My daughter and I went ice skating last week.  After a few shaky times around the rink, she got into a zone and didn’t want me anywhere near her.  “I got it mommy, I got it,” she said.  I’m pretty used to that by now, so obliged and stayed a few feet behind her.  Once … Continue reading

Sometimes You Just Have To Hide

I was sitting on the edge of the bed about to take a shower when I heard, “Where’s mom, MOOOOOOM!”  I don’t know what came over me—maybe it was one too many games of Uno, Candyland or Old Maid—but I jumped up and hit underneath the bed.  When Journey got to the top of the … Continue reading

Am I Selfish To Only Have One Child?

As I play my 10th game of Toy Story Uno, my mind is racing.  In addition to being my daughter’s playmate, I’ve got a million other things to get done before the end of the day.  But how do I explain this to my only lonely little girl? This was not the plan.  I knew … Continue reading

Challenging Unrealistic Images of Beauty

My daughter has the most gorgeous dark, curly hair.  It’s one of the first things that people notice about her.  It’s also the thing that she likes the least about herself.  Since she turned 4, she has a fit every time I want her to wear it out.  “It’s too puffy, it looks crazy, I … Continue reading

The Day I Met The President

In honor of President Obama’s inauguration, I thought it would be cool to feature my six-year-old daughter as a guest blogger since she’s one of the few people I know that has actually shaken hands with him.  Below she shares her story of what it felt like to meet the President of the United States. … Continue reading

Why Parenting Backwards Might Work For You

The first time I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage at ten weeks.  While I was ecstatic when I got pregnant almost a year later, I was also scared to death that I could have another miscarriage.  I kept thinking that if I could just get past the eleven-week milestone, everything would be okay and … Continue reading

Lost: Does Your Child Know What To Do?

Do you know who Paula Ebert is?  She’s the overprotective mom in the funny Capri Sun commercial.  It’s funny because if you are a parent, you totally understand Paula’s desire to protect her child at all costs, even at the risk of making a fool of herself.  But for every parent, there is that gut wrenching … Continue reading

Can You Bully-Proof Your Kid?

Bullying has gained increased public awareness over the last few years.  If you think back, I am sure you can recall a time when you were bullied, or when you were the bully.   Recently it hit close to home with my 6 year-old daughter Journey.  She came home about a month after school complaining that … Continue reading

Ghosts, Goblins & Granola: 5 Alternatives to Candy for Trick-Or-Treaters

You would think that a holiday celebrated by eating candy would be among the least favorite in a household with a kid that doesn’t eat it.  But oddly enough, Journey is actually quite fond of Halloween.  She loves the decorations, the costumes and greeting trick-or-treaters.   But because my kid doesn’t eat candy, in good conscious, … Continue reading