5 Ways to Parent the Forgiveness-Cure
    June 2, 2014
    5 Ways to Parent the Forgiveness-Cure

    As parents we must teach our children the realities of life.  Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. The sooner we l…

    Was It Worth It
    February 17, 2014
    Was It Worth It? Reflections from a Second Generation Food Mom

    I walked down the damp hallway past the entrance to the visitors' locker room just as my teenage daughter and her friends emerged. Fresh from the game, each held a bucket-sized frozen slushie the colo…

    The Need for Sext Ed
    February 6, 2014
    The Need for “Sext” Ed

    Arguably, no phenomenon of the mobile era is as upsetting to parents as "sexting." For the blissfully uninitiated, "sexting" refers to the sending of sexually explicit texts and photos. It began with …

    The Truth About Throw in the Towel Parenting Days
    October 8, 2013
    The Truth About Throw in the Towel Parenting Days

    You've had those days. I know it. I've had them. They're the days when the clock has barely hit 8:10am and you're already feeling like you'd love to throw in the hypothetical towel of parenting. You k…

    You Are Enough Moms
    October 6, 2013
    You Are Enough Moms

    Over the past several years I've written dozens of letters and articles to mothers. They've been open letters talking about our fears of failures, our worries, our wonderings if what we're doing reall…

    The Most Important Gift You Can Give Your Child
    August 5, 2013
    The Most Important Gift You Can Give Your Child

    “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”   -Leo Tolstoy Most people want to be the very best parents they can. That’s why baby books fly off the shelves, a…

    Worry Less Live More
    July 8, 2013
    Worry Less, Live More

    When my child was fourteen-months-old, she had an aversion to shoes and preferred “walking” everywhere on her knees. I worried that she’d still be using this unconventional form of migration to …

    5 Activities to Teach Your Kids About Sustainable Living
    April 3, 2013
    5 Activities to Teach Your Kids About Sustainable Living

    Our children are the future, which is why we need to make teaching them to be keepers of the Earth a priority. We talk with our girls every day about why we make lifestyle choices so they can understa…

    Teach Your Children Well
    September 7, 2012
    Teach Your Children Well

    It’s noon on a Sunday. It’s a blue sky and white puffy cloud type of day. We, as in me and the three, are on our way home from a delightfully unorganized play date with triplets three weeks our se…

    Checklist 1: Before You Go
    June 19, 2012
    Checklist 1: Before You Go

    My book, The Patient’s Checklist, grew out of my family’s experience caring for my Dad during a very long hospitalization from an entirely preventable medication error. I learned early on that the…

    Parenting Takes Practice
    June 15, 2012
    Parenting Takes Practice

    Your child wants to respect you.  As a dad, you have the opportunity to shape a life, and for some dads, that’s a scary thought.  Dads sell themselves short when they shy away from parenting.  Al…

    Summer Reading List
    June 8, 2012
    Summer Reading List

    Living across the country from my family, I have loved the new technologies that allow us to stay in touch.  Using Skype or Face-time, in between visits home, I am able to see my nephews as they lear…

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    March 16, 2012
    To Do or To Don’t?

    "Never let the Urgent, crowd out the important." ~ Kelly Caitlin Walker I just stumbled on this quote and loved it. No idea who this woman is, just know she’s got it right.* (more…)…

    Their Eyes Tell the Story: Babies Fascinated By What You Say
    January 17, 2012
    Their Eyes Tell the Story: Babies Fascinated By What You Say

    Guessing what babies and toddlers are thinking about can be difficult before they have words to tell the story. Over the first year parents usually do get increasingly adept at recognizing when their …

    Top Five Ways to Protect Your Family on Facebook
    October 11, 2011
    Top Five Ways to Protect Your Family on Facebook

    1. “Friend” your kids and family members on Facebook If your child won't friend you, don’t be discouraged.   The reason why kids do not want to friend their parents is not what you think.  It…

    Surviving Children: Laugh
    September 2, 2011
    Surviving Children: Laugh

    I saved the best post for last!  As a mom of a 4 year old, 2 year old and 8  month old, I learned the value of laughter! Laughter is a good medicine. It balms the soul when the waves of anxiety buff…

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    June 24, 2011
    The Years Will Fly By, Will You Miss Them?

    “Oh the miles we logged.” says Hub Cap Smiley. (more…)…

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    June 14, 2011
    New: skin damage starts with your child’s first summer

    It’s taken a long time for science to quantify what mothers have always known: the skin of babies and toddlers is very different from the skin of older children and adults. Babies’ skin is softer …

    Keeping the Romance alive! Date Night is a MUST
    January 4, 2011
    Keeping the Romance alive! Date Night is a MUST

    Being a guy doesn’t mean I don’t have a romantic bone in my body. It just means pulling teeth to show it off.  Even with Valentine’s day coming once a year I think it’s important that we reme…

    Danger in a Spray Bottle: Why It’s Time to Change Our Childproofing Strategy
    August 10, 2010
    Danger in a Spray Bottle: Why It’s Time to Change Our Childproofing Strategy

    For years doctors have encouraged parents to store toxic household cleaning products in locked cabinets, out of sight and reach of children. While this advice may have helped considerably, with injury…