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16 Ways My Dog Has Made Me A Better Parent

16 Ways My Dog Has Made Me A Better Parent

04.17.2014
People roll their eyes at comparisons of dogs to children, and I support this exasperation -- in theory. At the same time, in my heart...
Why Life In Your 30s Is Better (And Worse) Than In Your 20s

Why Life In Your 30s Is Better (And Worse) Than In Your 20s

04.17.2014
It gets better: more simple, more meaningful, more established, more fulfilling, more STABLE. You'll have fewer fights, cry less tears...
10 More Realistic Milestones For Your Baby Book

10 More Realistic Milestones For Your Baby Book

04.17.2014
Having a child is nothing if not a roller coaster full of bodily fluids and emotional trauma. So why are we recording the day he tried...
My Mommie Dearest Moment -- Minus the Clothes Hanger

My Mommie Dearest Moment -- Minus the Clothes Hanger

04.16.2014
I didn't realize I had a lot was riding on this little family jaunt to Venice Beach right up until the moment we arrived and nobody wanted...
Teaching Children to Be Responsible

Teaching Children to Be Responsible

04.16.2014
If we remove reward and punishment, what do we put in its place? The key to effective discipline is to establish mutual respect and to...
Why I Stopped Helping My Son With His Homework

Why I Stopped Helping My Son With His Homework

04.16.2014
We are sitting in traffic, rearranging our schedules and dodging our bosses in order to make it to everything we possibly can, and it turns...
Can We Stop Judging Each Other When Our Tots Play With Tablets?

Can We Stop Judging Each Other When Our Tots Play With Tablets?

04.15.2014
I think the best thing any good parent can do is be aware of the research and the opinions of experts and use their best judgment. Just...
To the Man or Woman in Row 23

To the Man or Woman in Row 23

04.15.2014
I have a pretty good idea of what's in store for you during this flight. Which is good, as it will make it super easy for me to make sure...
Running on Fumes...

Running on Fumes...

04.15.2014
The best way to define motherhood is that it's the perfectly imperfect job. We have the ability to take failures and messes and turn them...
12 Lessons My Twins Taught Me In Their First 12 Months

12 Lessons My Twins Taught Me In Their First 12 Months

04.15.2014
12. Time is the most precious commodity in the world. This last year has gone by faster than any before. And that scares me. I want it...
It's Hard To Live Your Best Life With 'Poop' Written On Your Car

It's Hard To Live Your Best Life With 'Poop' Written On Your Car

04.15.2014
If I'm going to Live My Best Life, I need to do something about my car. It's a minivan. And it's dirty. Really dirty. I need to clean it...
F*ck Judgment

F*ck Judgment

04.15.2014
Parenting is stressful enough as it is. So do us all a favor and can the judgment. We're all in this together, y'all.
The Paper Cuts That Don't Heal

The Paper Cuts That Don't Heal

04.15.2014
There are moments lately -- a lot of moments -- when I have had enough of my 5-year-old and some of her recently-developed habits.
The 26-Step Program For Good Parents Gone Bad

The 26-Step Program For Good Parents Gone Bad

04.15.2014
I've written these steps to provide encouragement to well-intentioned, devoted, loving, intelligent parents who feel powerless to stop...