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My Prediction: Ethan Wins By a Landslide!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Let's hear it for 15-year-old Ethan, a high school freshman who has found a unique approach to running for class president. I think any kid this clever deserves a shot at high office. I predict he'll go places!

Who’s in Charge, Here?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Terrific piece today over on "Anarchy in the Pre-K: Is Your Household a "Kindergarcy"? 

The word is defined by Paul
McFedries on The Word Spy as "Rule or domination by children; the
belief that children's needs and preferences take precedence over those
of their parents or other adults. "Who's in charge here," indeed!

"This new word has spread quickly,
concisely capturing the feeling that the lollipops of childhood have
been replaced by royal scepters, with which parents and bystanders are
soundly bludgeoned," says author Mark Peters.

In the Sydney Morning Herald,
Michael Duffy sums up the feelings behind the word: "Ours is a society
increasingly dominated by the needs of children, or rather by the
extraordinarily inflated needs we have come to attribute to them. The
amount of money and attention many parents lavish on their children not
only doesn't do much for the characters of their sons and daughters, it
diminishes the parents' lives as well."

do you think? Are parents today raising a generation of spoiled brats?
Are we putting adult needs aside, in favor of those of our children, to
a ridiculous point? Are you allowing yourself to be run ragged in the
name of good parenting?

Once a Mom, Always a Mom

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Seat Belt #1

As parents, we're used to saying to our kids something along the lines of "Buckle your seat belt, honey. If it isn't buckled, we're not going anywhere." Right? I've said it to my son, and to his friends, countless times.

Well, I guess that line is pretty ingrained in my head.

My husband and I were car shopping on Saturday and we decided to take a test drive. I was driving and Randy took the passenger seat. The salesperson — a guy in his late twenties, I'm guessing — got in the back seat. I started the car and automatically turned around to make sure the back-seat occupant was buckled up — and he wasn't.

"Don't forget your seat belt," I said.

"Oh, I'm OK," said the sales guy. And he didn't buckle up.

Without even thinking about it, I said, nicely but firmly: "I'm a mom, and I don't drive a car unless everybody is buckled up."

He buckled up and off we went.

Yep. Once a mom, always a mom!

Cool Baby Stuff — And a Great Cause, Too

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

If you're looking for adorably cozy onesies, toddler tees, burp cloths, nursing covers and much more, head over to I love the look of the website, and the fun things they sell are even better.

They really care about moms and kids, too. Baby U R Precious is
partnering with Casa Teresa in Orange, California. 10 percent of your purchase
will go to Casa Teresa. This wonderful organization takes in homeless
pregnant women who have nowhere to go. They 
offer support and
encouragement as the women get back on their feet and prepare to be on their own. Visit their website for more information.

Wow,… Diapers, Too?

Friday, October 5th, 2007

The folks over at a favorite blog of mine, Parent Hacks, have shared another great idea for harried new parents: ordering diapers and wipes through Amazon Subscriptions. Amazon offers 15% discounts and free shipping. (You can also order other staples such as coffee, detergent, etc.)

At first, I thought I might feel a bit guilty and indulgent about buying diapers this way, but if you recycle the packaging, buy in bulk, get a discount and avoid those yikes-we’re-out-of-diapers, gas-guzzling trips to the store, it might actually be a good thing for the planet — and for sleep-deprived new parents. Check it out. And be sure to scroll through the other great tips at Parent Hacks. What a terrific resource.

P.S. Here’s a pic of Randy, Matthew and me back in 1995 when Matt was one week old, Randy still had a mustache and we were getting about three hours of sleep a night. Watched a lot of I Love Lucy reruns at 2 a.m. — and went through a lot of diapers — in those days!