Join the Teen Road Rules #KidsNTrips Twitter Party ~ Win $100 Prizes!

Did you know motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States? That’s a scary statistic. But there are things parents can do to help keep their kids safe behind the wheel. Along with Liberty Mutual and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), we’ll discuss the dangers of […]

Should Your Teen Do a Gap Year After High School?

Don’t you wish sometimes that you could have time off to clear your head and explore the world? Luckily for today’s teens, they can take a gap year after high school before entering college or pursuing a career. The popularity of gap years has spread across the Atlantic and is increasingly becoming an option for […]

How to Get Picky Kids to Eat Vegetables and Fruits

Kids eat vegetables. If you’re lucky. Getting picky kids to eat vegetables and fruits can be a real challenge. As mom to a very (VERY!) picky eater, I know. Even adventurous young eaters may shy away from spinach, broccoli and other good-for-you choices. As parents, we want our children to grow up healthy and strong, with a […]

Let’s Talk Teen Driving + Win $100 Visa Gift Cards!

Calling all parents of teens! Are you nervous about teaching your teen to drive? Do you have any tips to keep kids safe on the road this summer? Join the #KidsNTrips Twitter Party on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 to chat all things teen driving. You just might win one of four $100 Visa gift cards just for […]

7 Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy & More Sweet

I felt like I had lost my sweet daughter. She had become much sassier and more argumentative. She didn’t laugh as much or want to play with her little brother. Now? Things are getting better. So much better, in fact, that I have been reflecting on what helped get her back to her kindhearted self. Based on […]

Hot and Cold in Arizona – Adjusting to Life in the Desert

“I am moving away from Arizona the minute I graduate and I am never, ever moving back,” I said, all red-faced and out of breath from my scorching three-mile bike ride from Arizona State University. My former college roommate recently reminded me that I told her this almost daily during my senior year of college. But here I […]

Back to San Diego

I am headed back to San Diego for a few days. I don’t think I’m ready to go. I want to stay in our new town, set down roots, build up friendships, discover new places to eat and play. I am not ready to face our dream home, now inhabited by another family. But my 9-year-old daughter, Karissa, wants […]

My Family Is Moving to Arizona!

My family is moving to Arizona in a few days. We had planned to go for months. And then we couldn’t go. Now, suddenly we are packing out bags. I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches and what I assume are near panic attacks due to all of the stress of preparing for the move and my […]

Safety Tips to Prevent Losing Your Child in a Public Place

I lost my son at the beach. It was a gorgeous summer day. We’d planned an exciting beach day in Oostende, on the North Sea on the Belgian coast. We weren’t alone; half of Belgium seemed to have the same idea and the beach was packed. Here is my experience, and safety tips to prevent losing […]

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Traditions Around the World

Globally-minded, expectant parents learn how pregnancy, childbirth and babyhood is celebrated around the world in On Becoming a Mother. This book, by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Brigid McConville, is filled with reflections of real-life pregnancies, birth experiences and babyhood traditions from Bangladesh to Uganda to Spain, and a multitude of places in between. Mothers-to-be who love learning about other […]

UrbanSitter – A Babysitting Solution for Travel & at Home

Until I found UrbanSitter, I had just one babysitter. Whether I needed childcare for an evening out with the hubs, or because I was working on an important deadline with a sick kiddo at home, or I wanted to attend a special event like a wedding…if my regular sitter wasn’t available, I stayed home with the kids. This story is brought to you in partnership with UrbanSitter. […]