Is School Out Early Today? How I Address the Home School Question

Posted December 8, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Shopping with the kiddos on any given weekday, I am approached by at least one well-meaning adult wanting to know if school was dismissed early. My daughter, a precocious 9-year-old, puffs out her chest and announces that, “We are home-schooled.” While this often defensive comment does say it all, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you more about our decision to home-educate.

Timeshare a Nanny

Posted December 6, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Affordability is not the only benefit to sharing a nanny. Here's a list of more, plus a sample nannyshare agreement to get your started.

Beautiful People Have More Daughters?

Posted December 5, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Don't hate me because I have more daughters than you. It's because I'm beautiful, according to a controversial new book. My magic mirror is not convinced, and neither am I.

Yes, You Can Shower

Posted December 4, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

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Think you can't get even the bare minimum of me-time when baby won't nap? You can, if you get creative. Here are 10 ideas for parking the baby or toddler long enough to get naked. Disclaimer: We're not saying you'll have time to shave.

What's in your Children's Movies (and what should they see)?

Posted July 16, 2007 by Maggie Wells

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It's summer and there are a whole crop of films geared towards your five year old but are rated PG or PG-13. Movie studios will argue that they are meant for older kids but older kids don't eat Happy Meals. Older kids aren't a size 4T, but a preschooler is. So what's a parent to do with their budding Jack Sparrows and Spidermen? Take them to see things rated G or PG but don't let the rating be your guide.

The Big Wean

Posted February 27, 2007 by Maggie Wells

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Whooooooooohooooooooo! It's finally happened. Paloma, the two year old, has completely weaned. Gone are the nights when only mama could put her to bed. Gone are the mornings of lopsided breasts, one rock hard with a gallon of milk and the other a deflated balloon (when babies and toddlers taper off they tend to just need one at a time). Yay!

A Different Kind of Mother

Posted February 19, 2007 by Amy B. Scher

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I could have a child who is eight years old now and I wouldn't even know. Many men probably think this kind of thing all the time. Since I am a woman, I recognize it seems ironic. But I once was almost a mother, in a different sort of way.

Preschool Paranoia...

Posted January 17, 2007 by Maggie Wells

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Due to unfortunate studies that demonstrate that children who attend preschool have a higher rate of completing college degrees than their non-preschool going counterparts, the race (and it is a race) to keep up and out do the Joneses starts here. Couple that natural instinct to compete and show-off how one kid is doing better than the other, and you've got quite a conundrum to navigate.

Generation X Moms: Staying Home

Posted September 6, 2006 by Maggie Wells

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Log on to any online parenting forum and odds are you will eventually hear the same story: Generation X women, who spent their own childhoods as latchkey kids, are now opting, despite advanced degrees and professional careers, to stay at home with their children.

The Fascist Breastfeeder

Posted August 14, 2006 by Maggie Wells

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Let me just say up front that I'm not against all formula feeding. Formula feeding is okay in the case of adoption, failure to thrive, a drug addicted mother or a mother's medical condition that somehow prohibits a mother to breastfeed properly. I realize this makes me sound like the Republican who concedes that abortion might be okay in the case of incest or rape. I'm a breast- feeding fascist. There are worse things to be.

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