The other day, while at a restaurant with my family, I saw a woman wearing a shirt that said, “Moms...they’re better than dads.” I can be pretty confrontational (being a counselor, I’m accustomed to telling people what I think) but I didn’t say anything. Had I said something, I would have made reference to the... Read more »
The cover of Time Magazine has been lighting up the web since it debuted the other day. If you haven't seen it yet, it shows a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son as he stands on a chair. The title of the article is Are You Mom Enough? (Please. This is not a cage match.... Read more »
There have been a lot of boneheaded parenting moves in the news lately. From the Tanning Bed Mom, who allegedly brought her kindergartner into a tanning booth with her, to the drunken couple in Florida who took their 7-year-old granddaughter on a joy ride by attaching her plastic car to their SUV with a dog... Read more »
Parents talk a lot about their child who misbehaves, and why shouldn’t they? Have you ever seen a website devoted to getting help with your well-behaved child? Probably not, but I believe it's a subject worth writing about. A well-behaved child is often an overlooked child, particularly if they have siblings who act out and... Read more »
Do you look to your teen's style for your own clothing choices — or do you know moms who do? A Temple University Fox School of Business study found that mothers are more likely to buy what their teen daughters buy, rather than vice versa.
That's right — moms are copying when it comes to clothing... Read more »
Each mother knows in which areas she is faltering -- or rather, not thriving. But so what if we don’t prepare homemade organic foods representing all food groups despite the fact that yes, some of our Mrs. Perfect Mom Pageant colleagues do. And big deal if our kids by age 8 are not already excelling... Read more »
On the last day of spring break, I finally managed to pull an activity together for my son. For the whole rest of last week, he sat watching T.V., playing video games and listening to books on tape.
At dinner at a neighbor's house recently, our son (who is 8) put his face in the plate and ate pasta from it like... Read more »
As parents, we all find ourselves saying things that we never thought we'd say. Here are five phrases I personally think we should avoid if at all possible:
1. "Because I said so!" Just ask yourself the following: How does saying this build your relationship? Having a relationship means being real -- and being relational. I think it's important to be... Read more »
Now that I have entered my fourth decade of life, I feel I’ve finally “arrived” and life has thrown me so many curve-balls, I feel like I've earned the equivalent of a PhD from the "School of Hard Knocks."
Five years ago, my life began to unfold like a soap opera. I did not sign up... Read more »
Do you fall into the “helicopter” mom or “free-range” parent category? While I consider myself more of free-range parent, the current debate between the two camps over issues of safety, creativity and independence are worth talking about.
I'll give you a real example from my life. Today I noticed my 26 month-old daughter disrobing and removing her own diaper. I had... Read more »