Keeping Families Safe, Our Children Are Vulnerable

I believe keeping my family safe is one the most important jobs I will ever have. I’ve talked about the what-if-momster a time or two here on the blog. Recall, she’s the uninvited guest who shows up on my doorstep frequently and always overstays her welcome. What are my kids eating when they’re not at … Continue Reading

Thanks For The Memories. Now Get Lost, Caillou.

Last night, as part of her usual “settle down for bedtime” routine, my daughter asked for Sprout and wished aloud that it be time for Caillou. It was. It never fails; it’s always time for Caillou. Allow me to get this out of the way right now. I genuinely, very strongly dislike the pint-sized complainer. I can’t think … Continue Reading

Explore The Power of Play

There is a wealth of data on the power of play and the difference unstructured play can make in the health and well-being of a child. The rising number of children suffering from obesity, ADHD and depression is alarming. Want to learn more about the power of play? Check out the play studies and research at … Continue Reading

The Truth About Imposed Princess Syndrome

If you know me, you know I don’t believe in applying repressive gender roles to my daughter. She and I were shopping yesterday when I noticed two baby boomers staring at her. More specifically, they were staring at her ensemble. My girl was wearing light pink corduroy pants with a pattern of sparkling gems at … Continue Reading

Empowering Change, Education Is A Right For All

On October 9th, Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year-old girl in Pakistan, was brutally shot in the head by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. The world witnessed her standing up for 32 million girls around the world who are denied their right to an education every day. Today, the world is … Continue Reading

Empower A Girl And She’ll Change The World

When I found out during week 20 of my second pregnancy that I was having a girl, I was over the moon. I remember repeating over and over to myself, “I’m going to have a daughter.” And during the first four years of my daughter’s life, I often found myself repeating, still amazed, “I have … Continue Reading