The Wonder Weeks:  A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby’s Behavior By Xaviera Plas-Plooij (Book Excerpt)


Chapter: #Blessed and #Stressed The primary aim of The Wonder Weeks is to reassure you and to give you insight into the mental changes your baby goes through as they grow. It is not easy when your baby takes a leap in their development and it affects your baby, you, and ...

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 ...

You Were a Kid Once by Adelia Moore, author, Being the Grownup (Book Excerpt)


You Were a Kid Once My parents required clean rooms and made beds of me and of my siblings, without adult help. With my own kids, I cared enough about order to want the rooms eventually cleaned up, but not so much that I needed it done regularly or on their ...

The Joys of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious: A Memoir by Diane Auten (Book Excerpt)


Relationships TEACHING BOYS HOW to love is one of the most important jobs that we have in this world. So many boys grow up unable to express them­selves, whether it comes from societal influences, peer pressure, or parental shaming, it is a norm that as a society, we must turn around. Without ...

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 ...

The Excuse of Role by Rachel Martin, author, The Brave Art of Motherhood (Book Excerpt)


From an early age we’re assigned roles: hall monitors, lunch-line captains, student council presidents, shift leaders, camp counselors, resident assistants, and more. We give our kids and ourselves roles that define responsibility even further, such as using chore charts and assigning who’s in charge while we walk to the neighbor’s ...

New Humor Book About Mid-Life Moms by Sharon O’Donnell


  It's been a long journey getting my second humor book published, but it was finally released this week. Please Don't Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA is my take on the humorous and poignant moments of being a 'later' mom, complete with those times when I was ...

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 ...

Raising an Entrepreneur by Margot Machol Bisnow (Book Excerpt)


Rule 3: Don’t Worry About A’s Schools Don’t Always Nurture Entrepreneurs Some children who grow up to become entrepreneurs have habits that most schools don’t value. They question the rules and challenge authority. They want to do things their own way. They get bored and lose focus when the task at hand ...