8 Natural Deodorants Put to the Test

 "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."- Margaret Atwood No one wants to smell like the hot stank of 4th-grade classroom after gym class on a humid day in June.No one.It's just nasty....more

8 Steps to Teach Your Kids How to Pack a Suitcase

 “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”– Mary Anne Radmacher To see the moon on the other side of the world, ahhh, it's something ......more

My Breastfeeding Story and Four Tips I Have For You

“When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.”- Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber  Without as much as a may I? she reached into my v-neck pajama top and cupped my left breast in her mitt-like hand.I was stunned.And exposed....more

My Favorite Parenting Books

 "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye ...more

How I Save My Sanity With Post-It Notes

 I’m going to let you in on a secret of how I keep my sh*i together(ish).It's a daily habit.No, it's not beer.Although on some days an IPA or two keep me from losing it.It's not a complicated, life-management system either.Nope.It's really quite simple.Ready? ...It's a Post-it note....more

10 Tips For My Daughters on How to Dress Themselves

At preschool drop-off another mom pointed out,"Your daughter's socks don't match." I turned my palms upward in a je ne sais pas and wrinkled my nose, "Rough morning. Can’t win ’em all.” ...more
... and not so much administrators who force them to their knees to measure skirt length.more

Yes, Veronica, There is a Santa Claus

"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."- Conductor Polar Express  Two years ago, when Veronica was in first grade, she started having doubts....more

Joanisms and Other Things My Mom Said

"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."- Victor Hugo My college roommate and I lovingly coined them: Joanisms.JoanismsThis was the term we gave to the one liners my mom would evenly and consistently dish....more
J-MOM That's a good thing to instill.more

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