Paris: How I Talked about the Attacks with My French Students

Paris was attacked.And I teach French.I knew Monday morning, my students would ask, "Madame, what happened in France?"I knew I needed to address the tragedy.I knew they would look to me for answers.Where do I start? What do I say? As a journalist, I thought about the who. I thought about the what.I thought about the when, where, why, and how.I thought about the facts. The details.As their teacher, I thought about what message I wanted to deliver....more

Two Little Words That Can Change the Way You Parent

There will be no next time. That's what I tell my girls when they flub up. Busted. You really messed up and now you’re outta luck. There will be no next time. I’m kidding. ...more
This was really great! I don't have children, however, I always cringe when I see adults ...more

How I'm Trying to Bully-Proof My Daughters

My girls love to climb the trees at their school. As soon as they see me at dismissal, they hand off their backpacks and run away with their friends, sometimes stopping to see me for a quick chat or snack. Most often they're monkeying up the handful of trees lining the school's playground. ...more
We have dealt with bullying situations on and off throughout our educational experience.  I'm ...more

I Hate Playing Barbies with My Daughter

 "Imagination is more important than knowledge."- Albert Einstein"You be her," my youngest says as she stuffs the surfer Skipper doll onto my lap.Without a pause, she starts the conversation as ushe, "Oh hi.""Oh hi," I chirp. "What's going on today?""Well, we're going to have a movie night tonight."...more

Highlight Vacations with Wows and Pows

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”– Oliver Wendell Holmes ...more

Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Joy Of Being Me

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,of things unknown, but longed for still,and his tune is heard on the distant hill,for the caged bird sings of freedom.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ...more

Bonne Mamam is So Much More Than Jam

"Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?"-Eminem You may be thinking eek/wtf, she's quoting Eminem. Like his lyrics or hate on him, this post isn't about the rapper, but rather his words....more

Lessons From My Year-Long Shopping Ban

I faced the dresses, skirts, and shirts hanging in my closet and did not feel fresh.I don't want to wear that dress - again!...more
Thanks for writing this! I did something akin to this. In my own life I often observe that a ...more

The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Do What You Want

I watched her seamlessly round up her four children as they splashed, swam, and dove in the pool....more
Awesome! I am the "set out the expectation" mom too. I love to see that it is noticed :)more

10 Things Kids With Food Allergies Want You to Know

Mommy,” she moves toward me. Her gaze is locked, voice shaky. “My throat feels funny." “Funny, like a scratchy tickle or funny like you can't swallow?" “Just really funny,” Veronica shrugs her shoulder. “Can you swallow?” I ask the important question. She nods her head, “Yes.” Shit, what did she eat? and I immediately act giving her a dose of Benadryl. Then I problem-solve: “What did you eat? … Okay. Let’s look at the label.” Her first allergic reaction was at eight weeks old. I opened her diaper and spotted blood in her poo. ...more
kzberg Thanks for sharing!!  Where did you get the recipe for Rice Flour Carrot Cake -- family ...more