Mom Starts Thoughtful Gift Box Service to Help Others Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

On August 26, 2006, one day after my 30th birthday, I survived a miscarriage — and I use the word “survive” rather loosely. Without an ounce of grace or decorum, I did little but continue breathing in between fits of anger, sadness, and self-loathing throughout most of my 30th year. I remember saying to my […]

All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Not to Care About Mother’s Day

“When we consider just how personal the motherhood experience is, it’s easy to see all the many ways Mother’s Day can miss the mark.”

How I Finally Purged My Inbox from 39K Emails to Zero

I went from 39,667 unread emails to ZERO in just six days — without setting my computer on fire.

American Parents Shell Out $41 Billion a Year in Allowances, Says Study

Every Sunday, I raid my wallet for $10 to give my 15-year-old son for his allowance. Now $10 may not seem like a lot, but it actually is when neither myself nor my husband ever seem to have it. Cash-money is a real rarity in our house, and apparently giving a teen a measly $10 […]

American Girl’s Latest Puberty Book Is Just for Boys — and I Need It as Much as My Son

  My soon-to-be 10-year-old son came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I have a spider bite on my nose. It hurts.” That was no spider bite. It was a pimple. A BIG one. His first. “That, my friend, is a pimple,” I said with a lighthearted giggle. “Welcome to puberty!”

7 Tips for Taking Your Teen to Disney That Will Clinch Your Status as the “Fun Mom”

You have a teen. A bored teen. A been-there-done-that-I’m-not-impressed-by-much teen. Maybe it’s time for a vacation. Maybe it’s time for fun. Or maybe it’s time for some much-needed, long overdue magic. I get it. As the mom of a 14-year-old son, coming up with new and fresh ways to connect and have fun with my […]

Princess Diana for a Day

As a little girl, I had one big dream: to becoming a nurse-princess. Sure, it hadn’t been done before, but I could have certainly been the first. I’d wear scrubs by day and gowns by night, and it all sounded rather practical until I learned that nurses have to deal with…blood. The very word made […]

46 Things No One Tells You About Parenting a Teenage Boy

If you think life with an almost-teenage boy is full of surprises, I’m here to tell you the biggest, baddest, and bestest is yet to come. More than big appetites and even bigger messes, parenting a teenage boy is magic and madness — and that’s what makes it so damn good. Bridging those years between boyhood […]

In Defense of the Simple School Dance Ask

His name was Brian and he was a junior. He had red hair, an ambitious goatee, and he liked me. I suppose I should have been flattered. As a shy freshman, I didn’t get the attention of boys — or upperclassmen — very often. One day after class, Brian approached me and said hello. I muttered […]

9-Year-Old Boy Creates Incredible Handmade Costumes Based on Famous Characters

Had to post one more of his Rafiki costume because he said my last photo didn't capture all the detail. #Parkerpretends A post shared by Jessica Watson (@fourplusanangel) on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:33pm PDT   Meet Parker Watson: talented costume designer, master pretender, and all-around incredible 9-year-old, who sparks imagination one Instagram post at a time. The […]