Parenting the best we can

There are a lot of alarming news stories that power parental fears. You know, the kind of stories that trumpet: Kids Who Eat Cupcakes More Likely to Fail Math or Not Having a Pet Makes Children Selfish (Note: These are both fake headlines, of course but about eighteen years ago I read a ludicrous study that said that children who …

In unsafe times kids need to feel safe

I’m worried about our kids; they’re really afraid right now. I know, I know — many of us are really afraid but we’re grown ups and theoretically we’ve got more coping mechanisms. Our kids, though, especially the young ones, are counting on us to be their coping mechanisms. While our kids are growing into the full people that they will …

20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Parenting

Today is my son’s 20th birthday, which means I’ve been a mom for two decades. That feels like a very long time and it also doesn’t feel like any time at all. Here’s what I’ve learned from being a mom for twenty whole years. Nothing can prepare you for being a parent so when you are waiting and you worry …

Definitions of good parenting change

I don’t know if you heard about the latest recommendations on introducing peanuts to your baby. It used to be that doctors told parents to hold off on adding peanuts to a child’s diet until their first birthday; research showed that this prevented allergies. Now they’re saying to introduce it early especially if your child is at risk of developing an …