1. Parenting

    How to get your kids back into the school routine

    It can be difficult to transition back into the school year routine after a relaxing summer. Work with your child to adjust to these...
  2. Parenting

    Little boy has hilariously well-worded reaction to mom's pregnancy

    Kids feeling the squeeze of a new sibling is very natural. Since parents who have a new baby are pretty busy nurturing that child...
  3. Parenting How-Tos

    3 Ways being gay prepared me for parenthood

    I came out as a lesbian in college. By 30, I was married to a woman and pregnant with our first child. From finding community to...
  4. Living

    Instructor shot by 9-year-old girl in tragic gun accident (VIDEO)

    This is heartbreaking. A 39-year-old instructor, teaching a 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi, was accidentally shot and killed...
  5. Parenting

    How back-to-school shopping can be a budget lesson for kids

    When my children were little we went to Disney World every fall. My friends thought I was crazy, but the kids loved it and I think I...
  6. Parenting

    5 Ways being selfish as a single mom helps your kids

    Being a good example to kids as a single mom sometimes required a little selfishness to recharge. My kids benefit from it. How do...
  7. Tips & Advice

    9 Secrets to being a happy parent

    Any parent can agree that being in the trenches with young children can be hard. It’s nearly impossible to keep your happy face on...
  8. Parenting

    5 Things to do every time you pack your child's lunch

    A home-cooked school lunch is always better than cafeteria fare — that is, unless you accidentally pack food-borne illness.
  9. K-12

    My kindergartner has two moms

    It's a new school year for this two-mom family. Another year of coming out to the other parents. Another year of explaining that...
  10. Parenting

    Why shopping with a tween is an eye opener

    Many of us can remember back-to-school shopping with mom. I’d run around the store with excitement finding all the latest trends...
  11. Parenting

    7 Awesome back-to-school practices you should try this year

    As your student prepares to head back to school, implement the following ideas into your family's routine to ensure success.
  12. Parenting

    7 Ways to help your child with back-to-school anxiety

    No matter the age or level of schooling, students tend to feel overwhelmed as the new school year approaches. Show your child how to...
  13. Toddler & Preschoolers

    Little boy is so upset when daddy plays a trick on him (VIDEO)

    "Nooooo! Put it back!" Poor lil' guy. His daddy was just playing a daddy trick, but it hit the kid hard. Ears are important,...
  14. Parenting

    4 Ways to make the last days of summer count

    The first day of school is always exciting and fun, but also bittersweet. It means no more sleeping in and spending long afternoons...
  15. Parenting

    Don’t take bratty teen behavior personally

    "Don't take it personally." This is the single best piece of advice I give other mothers as they navigate their children's...
  16. Parenting

    Simple tips for back to school balance

    Backpacks, books and lunch boxes... yes, it's back to school time. As summer unwinds and the sun sets just a bit earlier each night,...
  17. Parenting

    5 Ways to talk to kids about life and loss

    Talking to kids about love and loss is never easy... but there are a few ways to take a touch of the sting away: here are five ways...
  18. Parenting

    How to prepare your child for first grade

    While the transition from kindergarten to first grade is an exciting one for both child and parent, it can also cause anxiety and...
  19. Living

    Why you should live life by the "extra minute" rule

    My father-in-law Bill passed away a few weeks ago. He did it the way he wanted: at home, surrounded by family, with no medical...
  20. K-12

    Don't get sucked into the culture of fear-based parenting

    We live in a scary world where bad things sometimes happen. That's no reason to become part of the fear-based parenting culture.