How about hosting a craft party for your next Moms’ Night Out? I’ve attended three craft parties since October. Two were at friends’ homes and another was at a local winery. Before you dismiss this idea out of hand simply because you don’t consider yourself crafty, I’ve found that women who claim to have the […]
I’m thrilled to announce that the Parenting Media Association honored my feature article “What Kind of Mom Are You?” which appeared in the December, 2014 issue of Kansas City Parent magazine with a bronze award. The light-hearted quiz won in the print editorial category “Non Traditional Story Form Feature” at the PMA’s annual design and editorial awards convention this past weekend.
Happy May Day! Many countries around the world celebrate May 1 as the beginning of spring, leaving May Day baskets hanging on their neighbors’ doors. Are you looking for ways to welcome spring and the coming summer months? Check out a few of my articles for ideas on getting out of the house with friends,
When my son was a baby, I joined a mother’s group. I enjoyed being part of the group, but one thing always bothered me. Some of the mothers seemed to be exceptionally focused on how much their babies weighed. The bigger the child’s size and weight, the more bragging rights that mother had. I would
As enthusiastic as I was about finally embracing motherhood, it took me awhile to adjust to my role. The perfectionist in me was haunted by the questions: Am I doing any of this right? Are my mothering instincts good enough? Am I doomed to turn out a kid who will be on parole before his
On one of the rare visits we made to my grandparents’ house when I was a little girl, I remember my amazement seeing the collage of phone numbers my grandmother had on her refrigerator. She didn’t bother to use notepaper. She just wrote the numbers directly on the side of her refrigerator to reference. Why
I probably sound like a broken record: Parenting with a non-existent or shaky support system can add to stress and anxiety levels. But breaking out of isolation isn’t easy and sometimes you have to get creative to find your tribe. Life transitions, relocations, school changes, and an evolving family life can alter your social system.