The future is here! Google’s self-driving car is in our neighborhood by Zoe Richmond


Here’s a list of things my toddlers will never get to do:  1.) Make a mixed tape for a girl. 2.) Leave a goofy answering machine message.  3.) Drive a car. The jury is still out on number 3. But with Google’s self-driving car testing in our neighborhood it feels like ...

Guest Blog: Not Inconsequential by Amy McCready, author, The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World


Consequences are the steamed broccoli of the parenting world. We may initially love the idea of our kids’ learning valuable lessons from their mistakes and beginning to step up to their responsibilities. But when it comes to serving them up every day, consequences can be hard to choke down. What actually ...

Guest Blog: Great Parents Understand That Children’s Brains Are Different by Erica Reischer, author, What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive


[caption id="attachment_23821" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo credit: Anthony Woolf[/caption] Two common frustrations of parents, especially parents of young children, is how loooong everything takes, and how much repetition and reminding seems to be required. Before becoming a parent, getting out the door in the morning used to be a breeze and now it ...

Opportunity Seeking Starts Early by Richard Rende, PhD and Jen Prosek (Excerpted from Raising Can-Do Kids)


So how can we foster opportunity seeking in our children? For decades, scholars have articulated a model for teaching children how to take forays into the unknown and deal with life’s uncomfortable or risky moments. Attachment theory, as it is called, dates back to the seminal work of John ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Allowing Your Child to Make Choices by Sharon Ballantine, author, the Art of Blissful Parenting


A book excerpt from The Art of Blissful Parenting (Balboa Press):   We are all here to express our freedom, and children intrinsically know this. Each of us is here to live our highest joy and to have the freedom to create our own paths. But how do we, as parents, balance ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Seeing Children in a New Way by Rebecca Eanes, author, Positive Parenting


[caption id="attachment_23341" align="alignright" width="200"] Photo by Charlee Lifestyle Photography[/caption] Children, like all human beings, feel most cooperative when they are treated with respect and kindness. Adults do not re­spond well to people who speak to us harshly or treat us with disrespect. Is it a stretch to believe that children wouldn’t ...

Guest Blog Post: 10 Reasons Moms Need a Sacred Bath Break! by Paulette Kouffman Sherman


I’m a working mom of a 5 year old and 8 year old.  I had my kids when I was 36 and 39 years old.   Maybe that’s why I’m often tired.  I’m a psychologist and a writer, plus my commute to work is over an hour.  I can’t tell you ...

GUEST BLOG POST Raising Resilient Kids: Tips from a Navy SEAL by Eric Davis


As a former Navy SEAL, I don’t think twice about tying my kids’ hands behind their backs and binding their feet together before I toss them into the pool, an exercise called “Drown Proofing” that I learned in training. I completely understand that some parents find this type of activity ...

MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: ONE FUNNY MOTHER: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


The title of Dena Blizzard's new one woman Off Broadway show should be One HYSTERICAL Mother. Blizzard, a stand up comedian and 40 something New Jersey married mom of three, lets it all hang out, and then some, as she dishes about motherhood, marriage, friendship and more.  I cannot think of ...

Guest Blog Post: OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES by Dr. Ilene Val-Essen


Did you ever see a geology display in a museum? You know the kind: you look at a seemingly ordinary, uninteresting rock, gray and drab. Then you shine an ultraviolet light on it. Suddenly, the rock transforms and glows with brilliant colors. Like these rocks, a child’s ordinary comment often ...