Puke is my parenting kryptonite; it makes me feel like a failure, powerless. Read More
Tag Archives: parenting
Oh my gosh, you guys. We had a night over here. Read More
Strong willed children test our boundaries as parents on a regular basis. They test our abilities to assert authority. They challenge us to be creative. Read More
“Raising Human Beings” outlines a simple, three-step approach to collaborating with your child when dealing with unmet expectations. Read More
A parent’s guide to losing the commute, peeing alone, and other benefits of working from home. Read More
The Brave Writer lifestyle is not only fun and easy to incorporate into your family’s routine but it also results in oodles of fun family experiences and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Read More
Ever get one of *those* questions from your kids? Not to worry, GeekMoms and GeekDads have you covered. Read More
It is time for a change. It is time to let our little boys into “the girls’ world” and our little girls into “the boys’ world.” Here’s how. Read More
Daily self care seems like being a lazy parent, but at what point is a break absolutely necessary? Do we have to wait until it’s doctor’s orders? Read More
Let’s face it: The news is scary.
It’s always been scary, but it has certainly upped the ante recently.
And this week? Downright painful.
When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading about Darwin and the theory of natural selection. I was wholly fascinated by it all. I fantasized about traveling to the Galapagos one day. I wanted to swim with the sea turtles and make important discoveries.
And then the Gulf War hit. Read More
‘Boys will be boys’ is not ok when boys are are invading the space and bodies of other children. Read More
I would not want to be family or friends of the Stanford Rapist right now. Not only would I be way too closely connected to a disgusting piece of trash, I would also be part of the problem. Read More
Accidents happen all the time. If you’re lucky your world remains intact. If you’re unlucky a beautiful life may be snuffed out. Read More
If I were to open a home organizing company (and I’m not, because I suck at organizing), I’d call it The Phoenix. Read More
I don’t know about you guys, but I can never do all the things. Today, I’m going to tell you how I taught my 4-year-old to do laundry. Read More
Am I raising an entitled children if I don’t make them attend a party with me? Or am I respecting their individuality? Are there guidelines that can spare me from the agony of decision making? Read More
Ten strategies to help guide your child through tough times. Read More
My first baby was only five weeks old on my first Mother’s Day.
Like many mothers, I had Mother’s Day fantasies. You know the ones:
Breakfast in bed
A leisurely, hot shower
Heartfelt card and flowers
A hot meal at a restaurant
Go ahead, you can laugh. I’m laughing over here, too. We can be so naive the first time around, can’t we? Let’s just say that my first Mother’s Day was a stark contrast to the fantasies I coveted. Read More
When someone you love is an introvert, you may wish to be that necessary sounding board, but find yourself perennially outside the “wall of protection” that they’ve built to safeguard their sensitive inner life. Read More
Social observers have begun to notice the commonalities between “geek” behavior and Asperger’s behavior. How much of our lovable eccentricities are actually behaviors “on the spectrum?” And why should we care? Read More
It can be lonely being an outsider. Kylo Ren illustrates a common theme that regularly tortures parents of geeky and gifted children: what is to prevent my clever and uniquely charismatic child from becoming frustrated with his lot as an outsider and turning to the Dark Side? Read More
Fanfiction is often scorned in society, but it is so much more than the work of a small minority of fans. It gives everyone a written voice, even those who didn’t feel they had one before. Read More
Are you raising an adorable geek? Here’s a handy chart to help you integrate into his or her world. (Hint: You’ll need to start by learning the significance of the statement, “You shall not pass!”) Read More
Specifically, it appears that children who create elaborate pretend worlds tend to grow up to contribute significantly to the world in unusually creative ways. Whether these contributions are ground-breaking literary masterpieces, or innovative technological advances, or pioneering reorganizations of traditional social conventions, research indicates that creative success can be predicted by this innocuous childhood activity. Read More
What if I told you that you could take your Connect Four love to the next level with an updated game that you can hold in the palm of your hand? Read More
No matter how amazing a live kids’ show is, it will still likely feel as though you have been thrust into the 9th Circle of Hell. The ways of survival are arduous but manageable. Read More
My first real word, after Mama and Dada, was bookie. I would follow my mother around the house, like her little shadow, with a book in hand. All the while I’d be repeating, “Boooooookie bookie bookie bookie bookie!” Read More
Being a parent helps us grow up. It also helps us grow down! Here’s a look at what I’ve learned in my few years of being a mother. From becoming more responsible to reliving my favorite stories with my children, being a parent has been a blast! Read More
I know it’s not a verb, the word “fun,” but maybe it should be. Forcing me to use the word “have” before it, making it something I must acquire, adds that much more distance to the goal, an extra obstacle I must overcome before reaching my desired level of happiness. Read More
You can’t go very far these days without hearing someone talk about STEM. Or STEAM. Or STREAM. Why is STEM so important? Are your kids getting enough STEM at home? Should you incorporate more STEM into your day? And, if so, how? Read More
One time, as a child, I built a fantastic fort that withstood four New England winters.
I was so proud of it! I would spend entire afternoons holed up in that sacred place. I’d get lost in an imaginary world, or while away the hours lost in a favorite book. I’d love to know how many books were read in that space!
Of course, my brothers and I built many forts over the years, both indoors and outdoors, but the outdoor forts reigned supreme. Read More
What do you get when you mix four people with attention deficit issues and one case of Parental Imposter Syndrome in one house? Read More