By Emily Cappo for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Moments after we arrived at our temporary apartment at Christopher’s Haven, a little girl with a blonde bob poked her head out of the door to see who was moving in. Seconds later, she
To My Girls as Teens, I’m probably the last person you want to take advice from on being a teen. After all, I am your mom and so old. But old though I may be, I was once a teen. I have lived through it. I
I write young adult novels, and in the writing community, there is an ongoing discussion about needing more diversity in the books that are published for children. A lot of these discussions have informed more than just my writing.
One of the most frequent questions I get is, How do I get my child to listen to me? What lingers in the roots just beneath this question is, How do I get her to respect me? The two are intimately entwined. As so
There are days I feel totally and completely incompetent. Take today for instance. My bedroom floor is littered with toys, books, and clothes. There are far too many water glasses on my dresser. My kitchen is messy and all of my daughter’s cloth diapers
At home, you work hard to provide your family with tasty, healthy meals. But when you’re traveling, the meals fall apart. Soon you’re ordering fast food and trying to silence that inner scream: “Those chicken nuggets aren’t really chicken!” Here are some tips for
The quality of love a caregiver gives during her child’s first years of life has a tremendous and long-term impact on that youngster. A life that could be described as emotionally healthy, happy, harmonious, constructive, and productive depends on the quality of love received
Well, I certainly hope my kids don't need a perfect mother, because they definitely don't have one. Despite my frequent and overpowering guilt over my imperfect parenting, I am starting to believe (hope...) that it is actually a GOOD thing that my children have
By Kate Abbott for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I had the Zoloft. I needed to take it. But I was still standing in my kitchen the day after seeing my nurse practitioner, holding a pill so small I could barely feel it
A cheap, remarkably entertaining activity for kids is a BYOB event. By that I mean Bring. Your. Own. Box. We know there are significant downsides to too many toys and too many structured activities for kids. That’s why a BYOB event is refreshingly different.