Merry Consumerism Holiday! With Christmas mere days away, the conversation around how much is too much for our kids on Christmas has come up with multiple close friends and new-mom acquaintances alike. In our house, we haven’t had to focus on this too much as of yet. Our [...]
My family and some long-time friends waded through the lightsaber-carrying masses – Jedis, Rebel Alliance pilots and Wookies among them – to catch a 7 p.m. screening of the new Star Wars movie last night at the Reading Cinemas Rohnert Park 16. “The Force Awakens” appeared to be playing on [...]
2016 Specialty Toys of the Year Nominees The 2016 Toy Awards are upon us, and the contenders have been unveiled for voting. For this post, I specifically looked at the contenders for the Specialty Toy Awards. This Mama's Winners: 1. Boogie Board Play'N'Trace Doodle Pad by Kent Displays, [...]
So someone from Frankfurt, Germany – or someone just using a Frankfurt server - sends a 360-word amateurish email to schools in Los Angeles and New York threatening a possible terrorist attack and it not only results in the closure of 1,100 schools in L.A. but it makes front-page news [...]
The face I caught vs. what the photographer captured... For the last few weeks, each day has brought a slew of kids-on-Santa’s-lap pictures to my various social media news feeds. Some are sweet and picturesque; most are just downright hilarious as tantrum after tantrum is captured and shared [...]
I once had a Waltons-type perspective on what getting a Christmas tree should be like. You know, the family dressed in flannel venturing off into the evergreen forest to surround a single majestic arbor which is felled with a few swift ax blows and carted away by siblings singing carols [...]
Is he Santa's Little Helper or is he a threat to your child's future autonomy? Weigh in.
Scrolling through my Facebook feed last night I stumbled on a story about a couple that was up to their eyebrows in debt for their son’s college education. We’ve all read these before. They were in so deep retirement was only a dream. Their son, with a communications degree, worked [...]
In my teen years, I often would ride my bike go over to my grandparents’ house to mow their lawn and do small chores. My grandmother, a strong Swede in her late 80s at the time, was always so appreciate that she would roll out a full meal whether I [...]
How can parents talk to kids about the scary world we live in without raising them in fear? Writer Stephanie Ansley takes on that question...