Meet Later Mom Jodi Meltzer Darter


AGE: 46 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married RESIDENCE: Franklin, Massachusetts I am a blogger on my personal websites, Jodi Darter and Mommy Dish, and a parenting writer/contributor for several publications, including HuffPost, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. I am also the author of a novel children’s book, When You Lived in My Belly.   Tell us about your path to ...

MEDICAL PARENTING How to Navigate Health, Wellness & the Medical System with Your Child by Jacqueline Jones, MD (Book Excerpt)


The marriage you enter into with your pediatrician can last for more than 21 years, so buyer beware: it is important to spend time deciding what type of person you are, and what type of support and availability you will need. The following story may have played out much differently, had ...

Love Bug, Sweetie Dear, Pumpkin Pie, Etc by Polly Rosenwaike (Book Excerpt)


From the Book: LOOK HOW HAPPY I’M MAKING YOU Copyright © 2017 by Polly Rosenwaike Published by arrangement with Doubleday, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC   From the story.....Love Bug, Sweetie Dear, Pumpkin Pie, Etc. The book about how to calm your baby said to swing ...

The Adornment of Maternal Attire by Nancy Carolyn Kwant


You first became a part of my wardrobe when my structure stretched to accommodate your growing body. I would shop at thrift stores for larger shirts and skirts not having the money to waste on a growth spurt that would only last for a couple of weeks. I remember starting with one ...

Placenta Encapsulation — An Option to Tackle the Baby Blues by Zoe Richmond


The days after giving birth a critical.  They are not only a critical time for the newborn baby, but they are also critical to the mother.  It’s also an exhausting time.  There is the physical exhaustion of the delivery, or the painful recuperation from a C-section. There is the grueling ...

GUEST BLOG POST: What You Say Matters by Paul Axtell (book excerpt from Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids)


Excerpt from Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life by Paul Axtell   [caption id="attachment_23265" align="alignright" width="243"] Photo by Cindy Officer[/caption] If you can talk openly and meaningfully about what matters, your relationships will be special. The ability to ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Been there, done that. Now I have two kids. by Zoe Richmond


The Music and Arts Festival Coachella was recently held.  It is a three-day music festival in the Coachella Valley, near Palm Springs, California. Headliners included acts like Guns n’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris. Earlier in the year, my friend was trying to convince me to go.  “No. And hell ...

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: Filling Your Child’s Memory Bank by Susan Newman, Ph.D.


(Adapted from Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day by Susan Newman, Ph.D.)   Life swirls at a hectic pace, putting a high premium on finding family time. Amid busy schedules, technology steals more available time than ever before. With so many young children—and parents—enamored with the mesmerizing ...

GUEST BLOG POST & GIVEAWAY: Do You Compare Your Insides to Other People’s Outsides? by Katrina Alcorn, author, Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink


Excerpted from Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn. Available from Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright 2013. Most of us do, even though we know better. We’re social creatures. It’s natural to make comparisons. But, we inevitably wind up comparing how we feel ...