My Son Wants to Wear a Tutu

My 3 year old son wants to wear a tutu to school. He sees his sister wearing one and wants to as well. I don’t know what to do. Yes or no?  First ask yourself what about this bothers you. Are you worried that his peers or teachers will disapprove or make fun of him? The other parents? Are you...

Is There a "Right" Time to Leave The City?

Face it—there’s no “right” time to leave the city for suburbia. Many families put pressure on themselves to get out on some predetermined timeline in their mind—a timeline that, often, they cooked up years ago before, even, kids had entered the picture. But once you’re actually...

The Buddy Bench

As a parent of a kindergartner, I get a lot of emails from my son’s school. These messages are pretty routine, but I recently received one that really made me smile. The message described the Buddy Bench, which is a bench on the school playground that you can sit on if you need someone to play...

6 Simple Things Moms Can Do to Care for Themselves

New moms - and parents in general - tend to place their children’s needs in front of their own. Just like the emergency procedures on an airplane, if you don’t take care of yourself, eventually you will not be able to take care of your children. Parents are busy with family...

What Can My Toddler Do By Herself?

I’m not sure what my toddler can do by herself. I want her to be independent but I don’t want to push her too hard as she is only 2.3 years. If she goes to school, the first step is to ask what she does solo there. In many schools, toddlers put their own lunch on shelves, take off coats and...