10 ways to unplug on National Day of Unplugging

Do your kids spend their downtime plugged into a handheld device? Are they more into connecting with friends via video games than seeing them face-to-face? And how about you? Are you perusing your Facebook newsfeed or turning on the TV to unwind? If this sounds like your family, you may [...]

By | March 3rd, 2016|7 Comments

Why Checking Out Once A Week Has Made Me A Better Mom

We have a deal. Tuesday afternoons, when my husband walks in the door at around 4:30, I have the option of walking out the door and not coming back until whenever the heck I feel like. It is my "night off." I don't always choose to take it, but I [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|7 Comments

When to let your kid stay home sick from school

We’ve all seen it. The droopy eyes. The down-turned mouth. The slouching posture. The “I don’t think I can go to school today” pout. You prompt your child to get ready for school and then see how they feel. They pick at their cereal and insist they’re dying. You wonder [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|2 Comments

Kid’s Birthday? For Once, I’m Not Gonna Jump on the Crazy Train

The countdown has begun: In just 33 days, my baby turns 1 year old. Whaaat?! I'm pretty sure I just found out last week that I was pregnant, so there's no way I'm about to have a one year-old. Alas, it's true, and the party-planning has begun. Once upon a [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|1 Comment

Hey Doc: What the Heck Ever Happened to Bedside Manner?

We've all had that one doctor, whether its our regular MD or someone we saw for a rush appointment while our own doc was in the Bahamas. Y'know, that doctor that seems to know everything about everything, except they seem to have forgotten all knowledge of beside manner and dismissed any [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

If kids could dine with anyone, who would it be? The answer might surprise you

Alison Yoder prepares a chicken tortilla bake with her children Zach, 8, and Audrey Nelson, 11, in their Santa Rosa home on Oct. 23, 2007.(The Press Democrat / Christopher Chung) If you could pick anybody to have a meal with -  anybody dead or alive - who would [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Child Spacing: When is the Best Time to Add to Your Brood?

After every relationship milestone, there always seems to be a well-meaning albeit nosy question. If you've been dating more than a year: "When's the Wedding?" After the wedding (in my case, during my reception), the fervor increases: "So when are you having a baby?!" Almost immediately after baby #1 pops out, [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|1 Comment

The Preschool Institution: Hate It or Love It, Why Such Extremes?

"Raise your hand if your parents took out a second mortgage to pay for this!" Preschool. The word alone makes many folks shudder. Remember when preschool was just a fun, easy-going prep thing kids were sent to the year before kindergarten, as a sort of bridge to help [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|2 Comments

New kid-friendly guide to Disneyland

Kelly Pope Adamson of Kenwood put together a guide to Disneyland geared to young readers.

By | January 29th, 2016|4 Comments

The Yo-Yo Life: Struggles with Self Image After Baby

Even after having a baby, I struggle with my body as it is now perhaps more than I ever have, even when I was 100 pounds heavier than I currently am.

By | January 29th, 2016|3 Comments