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  • Book can help you talk to your kids about war

    As parents, we are constantly inundated with a litany of introspective and surprisingly philosophical questions from our kids. Even as a college graduate (and I like to think a well-versed person), I am very often stumped, as I’m sure many of us are. Now, I didn’t say I was a MENSA member but I know […]
  • You’ll find someone

    “Don’t worry, you’ll find someone” I keep hearing this statement. I used to smile politely and say something like “well, hopefully so. I need someone to start paying my bar tabs” and then do a fake laugh (even though it would be nice… booze is expensive, you know.) The last time I heard it was […]
  • The best New Year’s resolution is appreciating your kids

    With the new year rapidly approaching, the onslaught of people creating, posting and sharing their resolutions will be upon us.
  • 8 realistic things to get your kids this holiday season

    If you have ever felt the horrific pain of stepping barefoot on a Lego, you should read this.
  • It’s not about the things, but about the people, on Thanksgiving

    This holiday and every day, grab your friends and family and hug them tight.
  • We should take the same fun approach to life as our kids

    Kids are cool. Way cool. Cooler than us, in fact.
  • The hell and irony of the school drop-off area

    Every morning on the way to take my kids to school, there comes a moment about a mile out where I feel a head-to-toe change come over me.
  • H A Double P to the Y

    I won’t get into details but the bottom line is I’m at a complete loss for most of my waking hours based on specific events that have happened to me lately. As I’m not one to sit around and wallow, I have tried to work on what might help me. I’m sure there is a […]
  • So no one liked your One Direction backpack, so what?

    Charlotte Wilson's young daughter marches to the beat of her own drum, even when other children don't like her One Direction backpack.
  • The best parenting advice I ever received

    I was a newly-single mom at a trampoline park with my two monkeys.
  • Politics and pigtails

    I am sure that just like me you are all beyond sick of the political messages being shouted at us on a daily basis this time of year.
  • How our kids remind us to look for the good in people, life

    When I am completely frantic, desperately fighting for pole position in line at school drop-off, sipping on a cup of tepid coffee while barking orders at the children in my backseat like I am Churchill, I try to remember what it was like spending my days with my daughter when she was 3. It always […]
  • Your kids won’t remember bed time, they’ll remember time with you

    “T-minus.” My children hear these words all too often at my house. “T-minus 15 minutes until bed.” “T-minus 10 minutes until dinner.” “T-minus one minute before I turn off ‘Dog with a Blog’ and watch ‘TMZ.'” It is a constant countdown to what we need to be doing, when we need to be leaving to […]
  • Robin Williams reminded us all that laughter is the best medicine

    Everyone has a favorite character, joke, and imitation, of Robin Williams. For me, it is in “Good Will Hunting” when he tells the story about the first time he met his wife after passing up a Red Sox World Series ticket and the comedic genius of Mrs. Doubtfire — “It was a run-by fruiting!” It […]
  • In this world being taken over by technology, find a breath of fresh air occasionally

    I find myself torn by the impact technology has on everyday life, particularly my kids’ lives. I understand it can be a good thing overall but what concerns me is my children being brought up in the midst of this humongous wave of change. My son asks me daily questions that I cannot answer. Like […]
  • Dance to your own tune, and your kids will too

    The moment I found out I was going to be a mom was the most magical and terrifying moment I’ve ever had. After I picked my jaw off the floor and started talking to my pinpoint-sized fetus, I was overcome with panic. I say “dude” 24 times a day. I wear Pumas and Wonder Woman […]
  • Family photos can be stressful but in the end are worth it

    Family pictures. Are there two more stressful words in the English language? A close second could be root canal or tax day, but I’m pretty sure that combination takes the cake. Just thinking about them gives me a tightening in my chest. I remember two instances specifically from my childhood where I committed the worst […]
  • Not to be judgy, but why must we judge?

    I was at my daughter’s soccer game watching her gleefully score a goal for the opposing team when I heard a mom say to her husband, “Oh, don’t forget we need more bento boxes for the kids’ lunches.” Come again? Bento boxes? My daughter ate a spotted banana on the way here. I immediately began […]