“I just want them to be happy and healthy” is the de rigueur answer to a number of polite(ish) questions about our children, and it’s really never the truth. There are so many things we want for our kids.
The problem is, there are a lot of things it’s really not okay to want for your kids. Read more →
Whether your partner stays at home or works, when you go out of town, it causes stress. Some of that stress is real and some of it is imagined (“What if the baby gets sick?” or “What if I have a meeting that runs late and I can’t make it to day care on time?”), but if you’re the one leaving, even if the trip is not your choice, even if the trip is essential to providing for your family, even if the trip itself is a lot more stressful than staying home with the kid(s) would be, you can be a good guy (or gal if the situation is reversed), earn brownie points and make your partner feel loved by doing these seven things. Read more →
It’s no secret that stock photos of mothers are a hot commodity. A search for “mother” on Shutterstock yields nearly 8,000 pages of results. And they have someone vetting the photos … but my question, which I think you’ll come to agree is a good one, is: who? Who is vetting these photos?
Maternity leave is in such a dire state in this country, it’s practically safe to bring up at dinner parties. Everyone seems to agree that when an employed woman gives birth, she ought to have the right to some serious time off to recover and bond. But as we progress toward equality in the workplace and equality in the household, paternity leave is rarely even suggested as a way to push us forward. Let’s talk about some reasons to get behind Equal Paternity Leave (yeah, I’m capitalizing it). Read more →
The Chicco Lullaby LX Playard (pictured in “Romantic”) is a heavy-duty, feature-rich pack and play. We used ours as a bassinet for the first few weeks of our daughter’s life and have taken it as far as Panama. Along the way, we have discovered strengths and weaknesses about the Chicco Lullaby. Read more →