Hers and Mine by Conlee Ricketts


I recently confessed to a friend that for the first nine years or so of my daughter’s life I would have to take some time to go off and cry every Christmas. I cried because I felt like I didn’t provide a “magical enough” Christmas. It took me a lot ...

GUEST BLOG POST: The Courage to Loosen the Reins a Bit by Lenore Skenazy


Hi, Motherhood Later Ladies! You've probably have heard of me. I'm the mom who let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone, five years ago. After the media dubbed me "America's Worst Mom," I started a blog -- Free-Range Kids -- trying to say what I could only sputter on all ...

The Monster That Isn’t In the Closet by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


This week a monster has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison for the horrific murder last year of a 10 year-old girl in my town. He himself is a teenager, and that is another sad, sad part of the story.  The teenager, who completely admitted ...

Edited For Content – by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


My darling daughter is now 10, and although there are many things that she does for herself, she insists that still I read to her at bedtime.  When she was very small, I read the words while she looked at the pictures. We had several favorites that she pulled out ...

A Wife, Mother and Now, a Brand by Melissa Swedoski


Can you effectively juggle all the things you have going in your life? I'm not even talking about balance, because as someone recently pointed out to me, there is no such thing. When you are with your kids, your work life is out of balance. When you're at work, your ...

The “U” in Volunteer – by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


I am the President of the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) at my daughter's school this year, having started as Treasurer when she was in First Grade, moving on to Vice President, and finally being the lucky one to wear the "Grand Poohbah" hat, but with no fancy swearing in ...

ROBIN RECOMMENDS: COLLECTIBLE BOOKS WITH KID AND PARENT APPEAL


I recently turned up a host of super cool books for kids....that would intrigue moms and dads as well.....and I have to share....I highly recommend all!   The editors at Sports Illustrated Kids, the most respected sports news information resource for children and families, have launched the first kids title of its ...

GUEST BLOG POST: 7 BACK TO SCHOOL STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU STRESS LESS AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE by Renee Trudeau


 Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of a new school year signified opportunity, a fresh start, and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, adjustments, juggling and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep ...

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Santa, Help Me Believe by Dina Ramon


A couple of weeks ago my eight-year-old daughter said to me, ‘Mommy I have something to tell you… this is going to be my last year to visit Santa.’ Of course I was distraught by this comment and when she saw the look on my face, she tried to comfort ...