Women Victorious In U.S. Supreme Court's Harris V. Quinn

Co-authored with Aloysius Hogan Women just scored a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court.In Harris v. Quinn, decided just last month, the Supreme Court declared that childcare providers and personal care aids (PCAs attend to hygiene, housekeeping, and meal preparation for the elderly and infirm) are not required to unionize. Illinois had enacted a new law which categorizing childcare providers and PCAs as "government workers" eligible to be unionized, creating the controversy....more

Consciously Uncoupling From the Kids

Reversing the trend of helicopter parenting has become all the rage among parenting experts, medical professionals, and even political writers who are encouraging parents to land their helicopters and shift toward a more relaxed parenting style -- one that tells parents to hang back, observe from afar so that kids can explore life's challenges....more

The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
Well, I for one believe Organic is a healthier way to eat and live. If you eat organic most of ...more

Mommy Guilt: It’s an Industry

Recently, I forgot to send the registration form to the folks running a summer camp that I knew my oldest would love.  It’s now full so he’s out and I feel guilty. My middle child recently got a new bike, but I unknowingly bought one that is far too heavy and much too big for his slight frame. So, this summer he’ll learn to ride on a terrifyingly large bike. He probably won’t take to it and I feel guilty. ...more

In Praise of Laundry-Detergent Pods

I'm the mom of three energetic young boys. Life can be a little messy in our house. And, truth be told, I sometimes feel like I’m an unpaid short-order cook in the county jail . . . that is, when I’m not an unpaid laundress at the county jail. But you know what’s really nice? It’s nice when companies try to figure out what I want and what will make my day go by a little smoother. You know why I appreciate this? Because Mother Nature isn’t one of your girlfriends and she’s not going to come over to sit with the kids while I go have a mommy-timeout at the nail salon....more
VictoriaRColey i think i am going to give out Tide pods for Halloween next year! Are people ...more

Hey Moms, Look Out! Fatty Meat Coming to Your Child’s Lunch Tray

Last month, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA was reversing a rule limiting the amount of meats and grains students were given in their school lunches....more
Well, hey! You can just send your kid to school with a turkey sandwich, carrot sticks and a bag ...more