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What To Ditch Before Your Kid Starts Kindergarten (According To My 5-Year-Old)

Jen M.L. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

Adolpha moved to kindergarten this year from preschool, and before school started she let me know exactly what was too babyish for her to take to kindergarten.

My REAL Back-To-School Checklist

Jen M.L. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

School starts tomorrow and Pinterest is on fiiiiiire with helpful back-to-school checklists, morning routine printables, ah-may-zing lunch tips, and the cutest teacher gift ideas you've ever seen. (Seriously, what sort of brownnoser brings a teacher a gift on the first day of school?)

I Am The World's Okayest Mom

Jen M.L. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

That's right. I don't aspire to be the World's Greatest Mom. I don't even try. I am perfectly happy being the World's Okayest Mom and no one's childhood will be ruined by that.

My Response To The Lady Who Says, 'No Candy For You, Fatso!'

Jen M.L. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

Halloween is a time for kids to put on crazy costumes and go ask strangers for candy. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's fun. Unless you live next door to this lady.

10 Rules Every Grandparent Should Know

Jen M.L. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Jen M.L.

You are good grandparents and even better free babysitters, so just relax over there. These are not all about you. Just have a laugh -- and maybe stop watching so much "CSI" in front of my kids. Adolpha knows what "blood splatter" means.

Overachieving Elf On The Shelf Mommies

Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents

At Christmastime, there may be no more divisive element in the parent blogosphere than Elf on the Shelf, the children’s book and keepsake turned hol...

Best Of The Mom And Dad Blogs

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 10.15.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, a young boy goes to his first dance, a subway encounter brings a blogger to tears -- and more. Laughing it up People I W...

Mom And Dad Blogs We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 09.26.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Jim Griffioen shares his family's adventures and misadventures on a recent trip to Italy, a toy laptop brings Charlie Capen ...

Blog Posts We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 09.07.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, two moms write thoughtful posts for the first-ever World Cerebral Palsy Day, Kristen Chase stands up for airplane-bound babi...

The Week's Best Mom And Dad Blogs

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 08.17.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, we marvel at Jim Griffioen's costume-making skills, help Jill Smokler bid farewell to her favorite pair of yoga pants and mo...

Who Leaves Their Kids Behind at Chuck E. Cheese?

Jen M.L. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Jen M.L.

This just goes to show it might not be a bad idea to give a standardized test to all new parents before they leave the hospital with their new babies. Seriously! You have to jump through more hoops to adopt a dog than you do to have a baby.