Carrie Kirby's blog

10 Things to Do Instead of Criticizing Your Friend's Parenting Skills

Posted October 20, 2010 by Carrie Kirby

If you don't approve of her parenting tactics, can you still be friends? Yes, if you learn these 10 techniques. (Most of them involve keeping your mouth shut.)

The Lazy Mom's Guide to Eczema Care

Posted October 4, 2010 by Carrie Kirby

I found out a little too late that eczema can scar your kids — literally. As a lazy mom, I hadn't wanted to deal with it. But now I've developed a protocol that even the laziest moms can follow to keep mild to moderate eczema at bay.

Join Amazon Mom for Free 2-Day Shipping and Discounted Diapers

Posted September 24, 2010 by Carrie Kirby

Amazon has a new club for all parents and caregivers that will net you a 30% discount on diapers and wipes, free 2-day shipping, and other deals.

If You Text And Drive, My Kids Will Not Ride With You

Posted March 26, 2010 by Carrie Kirby

A disturbing number of drivers -- especially teens -- think it's perfectly safe to read and send text messages while driving. It's not safe -- just ask the parents who have lost their children to distracted drivers.

Donating Breastmilk to Haiti

Posted February 13, 2010 by Carrie Kirby

Should you donate breastmilk for hungry Haitian babies? Seems like a good idea, but turns out it's not. But now that you're thinking about it, maybe this is a good time to start pumping for other needy infants.

This Book Rocked My Parenting World: Nurture Shock

Posted January 15, 2010 by Carrie Kirby

The new book Nurture Shock aims to throw our ideas about parenting for a loop, and it succeeded with me. I found out that research shows that the best way my kids can spend their time isn't studying -- it's sleeping. I also learned that they will most likely lie to me thousands of times before they become adults -- and that maybe that's OK.

Choosing A Baby Carrier: Slings, Harnesses And Everything In Between

Posted October 14, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

Looking around my house, I counted six different devices for strapping my baby to my body. So I think I'm well-positioned to advise parents on which baby carrier might be right to help them wear their baby. Here are the baby carriers I use. We also have two Snugli Sways to GIVE AWAY!

What You Need and What You Don't: Registry Tips From a Veteran Mom

Posted July 14, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

There are so many products out there marketed at new parents, and you get one chance to register for the stuff you will depend upon for your baby's first year or so. Take this mom's advice to select what you really need.

Has Kid Surveillance Gone Too Far?

Posted February 12, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

For years, our parenting culture has moved toward more supervision, more safety, and less independence for kids. Has it gone too far? Increasingly, parents are wondering if they need to loosen up a little -- but it's not easy to do when all the other parents are watching.

Ban Kids From Planes? How About a Kid Air Treaty?

Posted February 6, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

If kids are supposed to be on their best behavior in the air, then adults should too. I'm talking to you, Ms. Business Traveler who can't believe she got seated next to my brood.

Report: Selfish Adults Ruining Childhood

Posted February 3, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

Are adults' ambitions getting in the way of healthy childhood in the modern world? A British report says they are.

Review: Look-at-Me Camera

Posted December 19, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

This toy may keep little hands off your real camera, at least for a few minutes. But of course, at $9.99, it lacks the single most mesmerizing feature of a real camera -- the LCD screen.

"Finding Iris Chang" Helps Clear Mystery of a Mother Who Took Her Life

Posted November 30, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

How could a mother -- no matter how depressed -- choose suicide when it means leaving your child forever? Paula Kamen's "Finding Iris Chang" helps explain how it happened to one brilliant supermom.

Are Glide Bikes Better Than Training Wheels?

Posted November 5, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

Training wheels are a classic part of childhood -- but do they really teach kids what they need to know to ride a 2-wheeler? Marketers of glide bikes say they have a better way.

I Want Obama for My Daughters

Posted November 3, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

Parenting magazine recently asked which candidate parents would trust to babysit their child. Obama won by a landslide. As long as parents get out to vote tomorrow, I believe the real election's results could be the same.

Review: Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle Mat

Posted October 14, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

I always thought my kids would enjoy an Aquadoodle, and I was right. This latest version isn't exactly a major step forward, but any version of this no-mess toy will likely amuse your kids for good stretches of time.

Review: Tonka Bounce Back Racer

Posted October 9, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

As much as I want my daughters to enjoy a full range of toys without gender stereotypes, I just couldn't keep the girls interested in this remote control car. No wonder Tonka's motto is "Built for Boyhood."

K'Nex Cookie Monster Building Set

Posted September 28, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

All my parental bias against more little parts coming into my home dissolved when I watched my girls independently spend 15 minutes or more engrossed in making a Cookie Monster (with widely varying results).

Ten Ways to Work Exercise Into Life With Kids

Posted August 23, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

It always seemed like you'd be able to lose weight just chasing around a toddler. But now you have a kid or more, and you can't seem to schedule in a workout. Here are 10 suggestions for fitting a little cardio into everyday kid life.

10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Being a Mom

Posted July 30, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

OK, there are millions of things people never told me about this particular topic. What if I had known all this beforehand -- would I still have had kids? Yeah, but I would have definitely gotten more therapy, worn more bikinis and stayed later at more parties first.