I have been both a stay-at-home mom and a work-outside-the-home mom. During my at-home stint, I was asked by others, “So, what do you do for a living?” When I answered, “I’m a mom,” I was often faced with sympathetic looks or simply dismissed.
Maryland parents who allowed their children, ages 10 and 6, to walk home alone from a park last December have been found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect by Montgomery County Child Protective Services. The Washington Post reports: Danielle and Alexander Meitiv hoped the nationally debated
By Jessica Talbot, author of Picaflor, The Attached Family, reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International. Dad and I are alone together in the small family room off the kitchen. He’s sitting on the sofa, and I’m perched on an old stool, looking through
Call me an old fart, but I’m not a fan of new-fangled, ring-ding-dang educational toys. My recommendation to parents always is, don’t easily trust the (sometimes wacko) things that our culture takes for granted are great for kids. Err on the side of “First,
I was exhausted last night. Tired down to my bones. I made my way upstairs, eager to nestle under the covers. As always, I stopped in the girls room to check on them. And there I found them — my two big girls, ages
By Susan Buttenwieser for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Side 1 Making a behavior chart so three-year-old will put on her socks without having a meltdown. Using the chart. Chasing someone else’s toddler in the playground who stole your daughter’s beloved cracked turtle
By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers When my firstborn was an infant and the days opened like huge blank canvasses, pristine, challenging and monotonous, I sometimes shared advice I knew would become more difficult to deliver far enough in
There is no more divisive issue in parenting than whether or not to vaccinate. Since measles was reported in California, my social media feeds have been overtaken by inflammatory posts about parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. The articles accompanying these posts
Recently, my two-year-old son was separated from my mother-in-law whilst at the shopping mall. It took thirty minutes for him to be found: he was happily wandering around, quite a large distance away from where they first became separated. Apparently he very happily took
By Jennifer Palmer for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers She sits on his lap, tiny fingers reaching first for his own age-spotted ones, then for his starched plaid collar, then for his mouth, which curves up as her touch flits across his cheek.