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 ...

Guest Blog Post: Equality for All Should Mean Adopted People by Adam Pertman, President, National Center on Adoption and Permanency


At the beginning of the 1900s, grim predictions punctuated the debate over women’s suffrage. Everyone in the family unit would be damaged in innumerable ways if this outrage were allowed to happen, argued the critics, some of whom went so far as to predict the end of civilization itself. Half a ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Motherhood Later by Lori Lite, author, Stress Free Kids


I was once the youngest mom on my block at 26 years old and I joined the motherhood later crowd when I had my 3rd child at the age of 36. My body, mind, and spirit were very different ten years later. ·         Was it my age? ·         Was it that I ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Understanding Introverted Children: Parenting Quiet Kids by Christine Fonseca


Introverts and extroverts – two words that define our temperament. More than just distinguishing a collection of behavioral differences including social connections and communication, they are also terms that refer to specific hardwiring, how different people utilize energy and respond to the word. Extroverts tend to be outgoing and talkative, ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Limiting Screen Time While Keeping Your Relations with Your Child Intact by Cynthia Gill, Co-Author, JUMP-STARTING BOYS


What is more important than the relationship with our children? I can’t think of too many things. But most parents make one of several mistakes. The first is they tend to focus more on the behavior than the child’s heart, correcting in ways that do not nurture the relationship. Punitive, ...

GUEST POST BLOG: “You’re Not My Boss” — Cultivating Respect by Sue Sanders


“You’re not my boss.”                 My daughter Lizzie is fourteen. Therefore, over the previous few years, I’ve heard this phrase more times than I can count. It’s as if she’s got it on autorepeat. My friends also hear this near constant refrain from their children, as well.                 Why is this expression ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Guarding Against Perfectionism in Our Children by Jill Rigby


Perfectionism hinders success. Perseverance guarantees it (win or lose). We’ve all witnessed a child who makes a first attempt at a new skill only to fail. He wails in disbelief that he couldn’t accomplish the task perfectly, pushes aside the project, and walks away. Hopefully, we have also witnessed the child ...

What do Moms Miss Most? by Julie Wheaton and Patrece Powers


What do moms miss most about life before kids? Many say, “alone time.” Wanting more time alone can also mean a need for privacy. Do you want more time alone or just more privacy? Sometimes it can mean, I want to be alone with my family. You can have privacy ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Aging with Grace and Vitality by Claudia Spahr, later mom and author, Right Time Baby


Are you also tired of hearing that stereo-typical comment; “Older mothers are selfish because they won’t be around long enough for their kids”? You know what? It’s actually NOT true. Studies show that if you have your child over 40 you’re four times more likely to reach the age of 100. Apart ...