Unplugging Plugged-In Kids

With the prevalence of electronic everything, I’m finding that many kids – even little ones – are so plugged in that they won’t hold a conversation or sustain attention. This is, at a minimum, annoying and rude; and at worst, creating a generation woefully deficient in interpersonal communication and concentration skills. Still, simply confiscating their […]

Hints on Sharing a Vacation Home

With summer just around the corner, many of us are planning vacation rentals. This often means sharing a home with extended family or close friends. Many times, the result is a convivial, festive romp that produces fond memories and occasional hilarity. Unless it doesn’t. There are several situations that may arise, particularly around other people’s […]

Parent-to-Parent Sensitivity

Parenting can be a rocky road.  Sure, there are moments of rapturous joy – the first time your kid rides a bike, or skis down a hill, or performs in a dance recital, or remembers to put her clothes in the hamper – but there are also painful, difficult, heartbreaking spells, too, when your children […]

Take a Kid-Free Mini Break

This time of year, many families are embarking on getaways. These can take many forms.  My personal favorite is to leave the kids with Grandma and head off somewhere – anywhere – without them. But this is not always feasible for a variety of reasons, and traveling with kids can be, let’s face it, hell. […]

Solution for Winter Blahs? Have a Party!

It has been a long winter. For moms with young kids, this is a unique torture. Snow is decidedly not stroller friendly, and even ambulatory kids have a difficult time navigating the icy terrain, especially when bundled up like the Michelin Man. After exhausting every craft project in your arsenal, (for me, that’s two) watching […]