Cold and flu season leads to lots of unnecessarily worried parents, in large part because the language we use to talk about disease is so confusing. Before you have to stock up on the tissues and chicken soup, take some time to sort the actually scary from the mere scary-sounding.Read More
My seven-minute showers are the most imaginative moments of my day.
I know that screaming I hear isn't from a mortal wound. It's just the start of a house-wide search for a pink bouncy ball that kiddo lost weeks ago but has to find RIGHT NOW. But that doesn't keep me from running through lists of what ifs.Read More
I'm learning to make the same kinds of choices with my blog too. I am not a professional photographer. I am not a professional web designer. I am not a professional marketer. So I outsource these essential blogging skills to places so that I can focus on my writing.Read More
It's back-to-school season, which means we're all reading about how playground equipment might kill us, or why kids should never be allowed to go to school when sick, or why they should always attend school while sick, or why kindergarten is making them stupid.
This is a great time to think about cause and effect.Read More
There's a bowl at my place on the kitchen island. There's cereal in that bowl. That's my cereal in that bowl. That was the last of my cereal in that bowl? Where's my milk?
My three-year old's list of reasons to move to Australia has been growing since Mother's Day, when my husband's teenage brother came to live with us for three months.Read More
The split between spanking detractors and spanking advocates is of biblical proportions. On the one side, there are pediatricians and child psychologists, who warn patients of the physical and mental health dangers for spanked children.On the other side, there are parents interpreting Proverbs literally and refusing to "spare the rod" else they "spoil the child."Read More