Kid Smarts: Talking to Strangers

If I were a songwriter as talented as Taylor Swift, I’d probably write a song called Don’t Talk to Strangers (alternately entitled, “Who You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”).  That’s probably one of the early life lessons passed on to me by my parents which … [Continue reading]

Cream-colored Ponies and Shaving Cream

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens… these may be Fraulein Maria’s favorite things, but I personally have other things in mind- one of them is having smooth, silky legs which stretch as far as the eye can see. For the longest time, I have … [Continue reading]

Kindergarten Cliques: How to Handle Preschool Bullies

Okay, I’ve just added jujitsu, taekwondo, and karate to my martial-arts-to-teach-my-kid-so-she-can-beat-bullies list.  I have briefed my five-year old, and told her to leave no stone unturned and beat the living daylights out of her mean classmates.  … [Continue reading]

While She Was Sleeping

If I was paid a nickel for every time I watched my daughter as she slept, I’d probably be filthy rich right now.  I’ll bet my bottom dollar (sure I can, with all the nickels I’ve saved!) that a thousand and one moms out there are guilty of doing the … [Continue reading]

Mindfulness is the New Prozac

If instant stress relief and relaxation came in bottles, we moms would probably be making a beeline at the nearest pharmacy to grab one. With the harried lives we live, we wouldn’t think twice about grabbing every easy opportunity to wash away … [Continue reading]

4 Things I Learned This Weekend

The World Series can be fun when you watch it with the one you love.  Baseball has always been as alien to me as sobriety is to Lindsay Lohan.  But this weekend, I finally learned how the game is played, and sincerely enjoyed watching it.  Although … [Continue reading]

Art Therapy and Kids

Before you toss out those crayons which have been lying around the living room floor, try to practice those relaxation exercises you learned from anger management class. Breathe ever so deeply, slowly count to ten, and let your anger fly out the … [Continue reading]

Cultivate Curiosity in Your Children

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it definitely never injured a preschooler.  Curiosity is a strong and positive emotion which we parents must cultivate in our children.  It is basically inherent in us all, that’s why kids have the unshakeable … [Continue reading]

The Great Pet Debate

Even if I tried, I couldn’t count with the fingers on my hand the number of times my daughter has egged me to get her a pet. She has done every pleading strategy to get me to say yes to her request, but I simply won’t budge. But it’s hard to say no … [Continue reading]

iMickey or the Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Even before the advent of the  iPhone, iMac and iPad, there was a much bigger icon than Steve Jobs.  That is none other than Mickey Mouse.  I can hardly imagine anybody not growing up with this iconic cartoon character.  He, along with Donald, … [Continue reading]