Just a few weeks ago, I shared a post with strategies for “keeping your cool in a parenting crisis.” Thanks for the laughs, universe. I find these tips to be truly useful, but as a “hot responder,” staying calm isn’t exactly my forte. Today my ineptitude at handling chaos burst forth in all its glory. […]
Complaining has become popular sport these days, and far be it from me to discourage it. Really, what brings people together more easily than griping about the weather, the line at the grocery store, or that bad call from the game last night? Wouldn’t we all agree that it’s totally disgusting when the bathroom sponge […]
The Mommy-and-Me class is like the airport of people-watching for parents. I happen to know most of the families that are here today pretty well, and I alternately engage with the moms and remain on the periphery, observing. The kids here are all under two, still in the wild animal stage of life, forces of nature. […]
It was New Year’s Day, and I stumbled down the stairs at 9:45 am, a highly irregular time for me—a 36-year-old mother of two young girls—to wake up for the day. However, the previous night had been a little bit more festive than usual, and I was grateful for the extra sleep. As I sat […]
Well, we’ve survived Christmas! Now just NINE more long days of the holiday break to go… Stay strong, parent warriors! The holidays are fraught with opportunities for disappointing moments, meals, and potentially humiliating gift exchanges. Childhood magic-related epic fails abound. Did you have any epically disappointing moments this holiday season? Often, we’re too ashamed to […]
Welcome to Part 2 of our ParentZ Bop Holiday Edition! I asked for your help, and you came through for me! A few weeks ago, I put out a call to friends and readers for what they really wanted for Christmas… I’ll let the video speak for itself. Without further ado, here it is: “All I Want […]
My child was terrified of the Elf on the Shelf. Find out what happens when an anxious child decides to try the Elf again.
How is everyone surviving the holiday season? I’ll be honest—I’m having a hard time keeping up and getting everything done. The holiday events, the Christmas card and letter (yes, we are one of the approximately 8 people in the world who still type a holiday letter.), not to mention working and blogging. If they made […]
We have officially entered the six-week stretch that is often the most stressful time of year for people. Personally, I’m a sucker for the holidays—I love the Christmas music, the food, the parties, the events … but as a tightly-wound, highly sensitive person who burns out easily, I need to take extra care of myself this […]
I feel that too much homework is a very bad idea for kids in the primary grades. How much homework do you think is appropriate for grades K-3?