From the category archives:


Do you have too many toys?

July 21, 2012

When I first read this clipping from People magazine that talks about how many toys Americans have, I felt guilty as charged. I thought that my own household probably has tons of toys that don’t get played with at all, and that my children would find it easier to occupy themselves in our house if […]

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Comebacks for Unsolicited Parenting Advice

April 17, 2012

The following is an excerpt from our new book Stuff Every Mom Should Know. We’re giving you little tastes of the book all week in hopes that next time you discover your neighbor is pregnant, you’ll buy her a copy for Mother’s Day. Comebacks for Unsolicited Parenting Advice Sometimes a well-meaning stranger cannot help herself […]

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Love or shove: Maternity clothes rental?

March 22, 2012

I loathe the idea (and reality) of shopping for maternity clothes. Between the high prices, poor quality, and short shelf-life of most items, it’s enough to make a hormonal chick crazy. When I first was pregnant with Holden, I was the lucky benefactor of a large duffel bag of maternity clothes from my pal, Whitney. […]

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Not our mother’s TV Moms

March 7, 2012

I loved sitcoms as a child. I fondly remember Tuesdays as the night when I could stay up until 9:30 to watch a cluster of my favorites: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Three’s Company. Like most kids, I compared my mom to Carol Brady, Claire Huxtable, or Elise Keaton.  And don’t get me started […]

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Love or Shove? Apptivity iPhone case for babies

January 11, 2012

Whitney just sent me a link to this cuh-razy looking iPhone/iPod case for babies and toddlers. Whoa. Fisher Price makes it so that little slobbery children can safely handle my electronica. Clever. But evil. When Milo was nine months old, he grabbed my old school cell phone and slurped it into his mouth. Before I […]

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The one where I learn the meaning of “mixed company”

December 27, 2011

(While I hang out with my family, I am republishing a post from the 2007 archives for your entertainment. Enjoy!) Last week, Ryan’s company threw a lovely holiday party. We were treated to a sit-down dinner at a well known fancy restaurant. With a babysitter I trusted, and a body that can finally fit in […]

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Toddler’s Rules

September 22, 2011

I saw this on my local parenting listserv (no further source available) and couldn’t resist typing it up.

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Parenting trend: skulls for the soft-skulled crowd?

August 31, 2011

What do you guys think? Love or shove the skull-and-crossbone trend on babies? On one hand, I get that it has a punk rock flavor and appreciate the irony of an edgy, yet toothless, human being. On the other hand, something about the association this symbol has with death just weirds me out. In the […]

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Are you addicted to the Internet?

August 26, 2011

Would you have a hard time going a full day without plugging into facebook or email? You’re not alone. My husband has tried to impose a house rule, “No tweeting before eating” so that I don’t get sucked into the labyrinth before breakfast (and turn into a raving beeyotch). We also have a “No devices […]

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Momversation: I expect a lot from my babysitter

August 9, 2011

The irony of my position on this topic is not lost on me. I was a kid who never cleaned my room or helped with the dishes. When I babysat, I didn’t pick up toys or probably even clear the table unless I was asked to. It just didn’t occur to me. I wrote a […]

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My very strong feelings about socks

August 4, 2011

Socks? Yes, socks. I’m talking baby socks, toddler socks, preschool socks, and all manner of little kid socks from infant on up. I realize in confessing this, I might sound a little crazy. But the truth is that I only buy certain makes, models, and colors of socks and I’ve come to have very strong […]

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Unexpected home birth: I hate it when that happens!

August 2, 2011

Home birth can be a lovely option if you choose it and have the right support team — and upholstery cleaner in place — but that’s not what I want for myself. After my first labor and delivery, I don’t think I’m a good candidate anyway. I realize I never did tell you about my […]

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