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Entries by Jessica Smock from 01/2014

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Mom Friendships

| Posted 01.08.2014 | Parents

If you share the fact that your toddler pooped repeatedly during nap time, wait for a reply. If you're met with awkward silence and a swift subject change, retreat! If, however, she responds with, "OMG! Mine smeared poop all over the crib today!", then you're golden.

Have You Had a Painful Breakup... With a Friend?

| Posted 01.20.2014 | Women

When a friendship dies, women are left hurt, ashamed, angry and confused. Unlike romantic relationships -- in which there's generally the expectation of monogamy -- there's no such equivalent in friendship.

6 Ways for Parents to Teach Kids About Grit

| Posted 01.30.2014 | Parents

Can "grit" be taught? Can tenacity and self-discipline be part of the curriculum? How can parents instill these "character"-based qualities in their children?