I Just Need 21 Days For This to Stick (Beyoncé Told Me So)

It was our great philosopher in a bowler hat, Boy George, who said it best when he sang: Time won't give me time. It's one of those hard truths working mothers (hell, all mothers!) know too well. And for us WAHMs ... listen. The juggle is real. ...more
Girl, you are hilarious, but I'm thinking that... these tips may actually work!more

National Bullying Prevention Month: What Parents Can Do to Help

Whether it's online through social media or in our schools with your kids, bullying is getting worse and feels virtually inescapable. Parents, especially, are at the end of their ropes, trying to find solutions -- effective ways to face up to this rampant issue that is impacting of our children's lives in such a profound way. ...more
I like that! - Denisemore

10 Excellent Chapter Books For Young Readers

There are no words to express the joy we felt when our 6-year-old son learned how to read on his own last year. Books have always been important in this house. (With a writer mother and an editor father, it's no surprise.) The Youngster has been read to since he was in my belly, and the nightly story time is still going strong. We've gone through tons of books with this kid, on everything from taco-loving dinosaurs to spaceships cruising by the stars. And now that he's an official Big Boy in the first grade and everything, his interest in chapter books -- more words, less pictures -- has grown. Big time. ...more
This is a good list. I'm going to recommend them to my daughter!more

3 Total Must-Haves If You're Trying to Win the 'Organized Parent' Award

So, we're here again, huh? Back to school. Back to the hustle. Back to the juggling act we parents take on whenever September sidles up beside us, talking 'bout, "May the Force be with you." And then you're like, "The cold never bothered me anyway." And Sept. chuckles and says, "Go ahead, make my day." And then you roll your eyes and shout, "Rosebud!" before remembering that you need to quit trading movie lines with the month of September and dive into packing those godforsaken lunches. But not before whispering, snidely, "How do you like them apples?" and cackling all the way to the kitchen. Yeah, no. Me neither. ...more
skye Totally! I have another portable charger that is fantastic! But it's super heavy and I lost ...more

And For My Next Trick ... Work-Life Balance

It starts at 6 a.m. Every morning, no matter what time I went to sleep the night before, weekday or weekend, it begins. My brain starts up, my eyes pop open, and I'm awake. More than awake, I'm on. It's a persistent stream of ideas; To-Do lists; reminders; goals; aspirations; turns of phrase, working titles, dialogue, and deadlines; appointments; house errands; if the weather will be kind to me on my run; random thoughts about the world and how I'm moving through it; and also how I'm guiding the way for my son to do the same. ...more
KateeBar7 Yes, I do have a writing schedule, though it changes depending on what I'm working on. ...more

How Charles Schultz Almost Quit Over His First Black Peanuts Character

When I read the fantastic story in the Washington Post about how Franklin -- the first character of color -- in the Peanuts strip changed comics history nearly 50 years ago, I felt heartened, hopeful, for the first time in a long while. ...more
I never knew this, and now I feel like I have to work it into conversation at every chance I get ...more

Magic Mike and The Mamas (No, You Can't Use This For Your Band's Name)

It all started with a rather hilarious misunderstanding. My two sisters and sister-in-law decided to do something fun and special and rare this holiday weekend. We -- mothers of six children between us, ranging in age from 7 months to 25 years old -- decided to go see Magic Mike XXL. ...more
No offense to anyone who watched this, or liked it, but I think this is pretty gross.  Male ...more

Introducing New Family Editor Nicole Blades of Ms. Mary Mack!

Hey-hey! Nicole Blades here. Some of you might know me from Ms. Mary Mack, the parenting blog that I started just one year into motherhood, when I was desperately trying to sort out this colossal shift from “me to mom.”...more
Nicole, I am back from vacay in time to say #BrilliantNews! I'm such a fan of your voice. ...more

My Son Was Born With a Bull’s-Eye on His Back: One Year After Trayvon Martin

In between Oscar Grant’s killing by a BART police officer in Oakland, California, and Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting by a neighborhood watch captain in Sandford, Florida, something changed. I became a mother—a mother to a baby boy. Soon—not tomorrow, but soon—I will have to have The Talk about what others assume about him, about his life, about his intentions as he browses through a store or strides down the night’s sidewalk. ...more
My friend's 21 year old son (a budding international Slam poet and student at a great university ...more