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PSA: 5 Pool Party Safety Tips for Parents


This is a Public Service Announcement to advocate pool party safety for parents. This is directed specifically at moms who don’t like to wear a bathing suit in front of a crowd and dads who like to have a drink in their hand at a pool party – the majority of us. Last weekend, my two year old son started to drown at a pool party – TWICE! I still ... Read More »

Reading the Signs; How to Show Kids That Rules Are Important

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This is a guest post by Wendy Kennar My five year old son is reading, and has been for quite some time now.  It astounds me when we’re out, and he’ll comment that a store sells boxes or we can get the car washed over there or that restaurant is now serving breakfast. The flip side of Ryan’s reading abilities is that I can’t skip over any words like I ... Read More »

I Remember… Reflections on the Day of the Boston Marathon Explosions


September 11th, 2001 was a bittersweet day for me. It may be hard to imagine how anything might seem sweet on such a horrible day but in the crazy circle of life, it was the day I was schedule for a CVS (Chorionic villus sampling similar to amniocentesis) and remember every detail of that morning.  The news had started to come in as we sat in the waiting room watching the ... Read More »

Why I Couldn’t Stop Crying at the News of Aurora Theatre Shooting

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My tears came at 5am as I was up restless and decided to put on the TV as a distraction. It was not the kind of distraction I expected. I watched an interview with 17 year old Tanner Coon, one of the many that was in the theater when the shooting happened. He was with a friend and the friend’s 10-year-old brother when the shooter came in and said he ... Read More »

How to Talk to Your Child About Delaying Kindergarten

delaying kindergarten, kindergarten readiness, red-shirting, how to talk to your child about delaying kindergarten

  My husband and I have finally made the decision to delay our daughter’s entry into Kindergarten for a year. This was not an easy decision to make and we honestly went back and forth about the best placement for her countless times. There were pros and cons with giving her an extra year of preschool, but also pros and cons to sending her off to Kindergarten. In the end ... Read More »

The Kid’s Alright…And It’s ‘TIME’ To Play Nice!

Photo: Martin Schoeller for this week's cover of TIME.

I am not a psychologist… but I’m married to one. With all the hoopla over the TIME Magazine Cover (most of it having little to do with the actual content of the story – why don’t people read before they start pontificating), the Mommy Wars it’s kind of stirring, the controversy of the topic and the horror some people feel that a young, beautiful Mom (our ‘own’ Jamie Lynne) would ... Read More »

My Mother and César Chávez

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Last year I shared this with my son who was learning about César Chávez in school. He brought it to his class to ‘share.’ He was so proud to know his grandmother (who he sadly never met) had walked with César Chávez with me in tow. From helping a neighbor who was ill to hosting picnics for Odyssey House (a drug rehab home in Newark, NJ) to a 23 year letter ... Read More »

Los Angeles Teacher Charged With Abuse

Mark Berndt accused of child abuse teacher student LAUSD arrested

Horrific. Deplorable. Sickening. Evil. There just aren’t enough words to describe the depravity of someone who would so heinously victimize children. Blindfolding them and feeding them his semen. Mark Berndt, who taught young children at Miramonte Elementary school, is accused of committing these crimes as far back as 2005, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was a trusted teacher, liked by his students and parents.  The reports are shocking., ... Read More »

Why My Daughters Won’t be Playing with Lego Friends


This post contains affiliate links. The internet has been abuzz regarding the new Lego Friends line. I am in the anti-Friends camp, and after engaging in a lot of discussion with real-life human friends, I’ve figured out why I feel so strongly. I’ve rounded up the 5 most common questions about the issue and done my best to address each one: 1. Are these toys really that different from other ... Read More »