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A Fun Family Visit to the Guggenheim Museum by Andrea Santo Felcone


We sometimes encounter difficulty finding family activities both my sons will enjoy—considering the gap in their ages (7 and 14 years old). When I come across something that sounds like it will interest both boys, I’m thrilled. When I find something that will interest, delight, and educate, I’m ecstatic. This ...

Guest Post: Motherhood Reimagined by Sarah Kowalski (Book Excerpt)


“I’m not sure I want to have a baby if I have to do it alone,” I said. I could remember how badly I’d wanted children when I was younger, but my rational adult mind dreamed up every reason under the sun to avoid motherhood. “I’m afraid I’ll end up ...

Guest Post: How to Parent Without a Father by Emma Johnson, author, The Kickass Single Mom


In the United States, the majority of fathers who live separately from their children are not actively involved. The issue of fatherlessness in the United States, as well as worldwide, is an incredibly large, complex, and devastating issue. The fallout from fathers not being frequently and closely involved with their ...

College Tours Part 3 by Sharon O’Donnell


In the past month, I've gone on 2 college tours with my youngest son -- son #3 -- with several more coming up in the next month. Son #3 is six and nine years younger than his two other brothers who are already college graduates with one working as a ...

What Parents Can Learn From NFL Coaches by Erika Katz


Did you ever wonder why your kids listen to their coaches and not to you? It’s because their coaches hold them accountable! Show up on time, or get benched! My son had just turned fourteen, and I asked him to pick up his shoes from the den no less than three ...

Summer Highlights by Sharon O’Donnell


So it's October, and I haven't even posted anything from this summer. Wow, does time truly fly.  So here are some highlights: [caption id="attachment_25911" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Two oldest sons and husband crossing bridge on a 4 day backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon. I stayed home to be with high school sophomore ...

My Grown-Up Egg Donor Offspring by Shelley Smith


My egg donor offspring are grown now.  They are 22 years old and when I look back to the moment of their births, it is so fresh in my mind that it seems like it was just a little while ago, not the span of twenty plus years. So many years ...

Travel with a Teen Boy to Providence and Newport by Robin Gorman Newman


For weeks I've been attempting to write this post. So many I know, including myself, have felt slammed since summer ended.  It always feels somewhat abrupt, particularly when my community pool closes, and we continue to get weather in the 80s. But this year, for some reason, especially so. A contributing factor ...

“Later Mom Goes Later Teacher; Gets dissed” by Pamela Francis


When I signed on to be the 4th Grade Afterschool teacher at an urban elementary school in Los Angeles, in addition to my job as the 5th Grade Teaching Partner at same school, I had visions of holding sway over a roomful of – I stop here because I realize, slowly, ...

“ONE NIGHT ONLY” Show/Date Night by Andrea Santo Felcone


It's "date night" and the stakes are high. You've gone through the trouble to arrange babysitting, made yourself up, and now you want a special night on the town with your special someone. Ah, but what to do? This past Saturday, my husband and I spent our date night thoroughly ...