How to Travel Internationally with A Large Family

This time last year, my family was altogether for a pretty big moment: my brother Jonathan asked his girlfriend Kelly to marry him. Almost immediately after all the hugs, high-fives, and champagne toasts, Steve pulled out his calculator and started crunching numbers. With my brother and Kelly living in San Diego, a cool 3,000 miles […]

Print Friendly

20 Must-Read Books Plus a Giveaway

What’s that, friends? You feel that gorgeous sunshine on your back and hear those birds chirping? Yup, it’s officially SUMMER! And to all the readers of the world, that means one very, very important thing: it’s time to dig into that summer reading list. These must-read books will brighten your summer as surely as ours! Been […]

Print Friendly

Why This Mom is on Snapchat

Well, I guess the number one reason I’m on Snapchat is rooted deeply in my psyche. I always wanted to be a dragon for Halloween and because of gender bias stereotypes in the 1970s I was coerced into being a princess year after year instead. With Snapchat filters, I can realize my dream while parked […]

Print Friendly

The Unexpected Pitfall of Over-The-Top Kids’ Birthday Parties

Okay, let’s start out with a definition of terms because what better way could there possibly be to get a par-tay started!? So . . . When I say over-the-top, I’m not talking about about dropping $40,000 or even dollar bills remotely approaching four figures on a party. Rest assured children has never left my parties with […]

Print Friendly

Tragedies Require Grace

  If all the world’s a stage, then the internet is its courtroom, judge, and jury (gavel down, sentence delivered, forever and ever, amen). This is particularly true when matters of parenting blow through the headlines; and most profoundly true when children are at the center of tragedies. In the past month, we as a plugged-in […]

Print Friendly

Most Dangerous Time of the Year in a Pool: Tips to Swim Safe

When I was a lifeguard, this moment right at the start of the the season was the most dangerous time of the year in a pool. In my seven years guarding, most of my saves were young swimmers in the first few weeks after opening. Kids came back to the neighborhood watering hole after a long winter and jumped […]

Print Friendly