Once again I’m at the beach with my kids and extended family, typing the names of all our sunscreens into Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide. I neglected to take my own advice from last summer and bought a bunch of bottles, tubes and sticks of protective lotions, potions and gels — without checking the ingredients.
This weekend’s Type-A-Parent conference will bring in mommy (and daddy) bloggers from all over the country and beyond.
Here’s my mama fear-mongering list of warm weather dangers, and ways you can work to protect your kids from them.
In her recent “Edgy Mama” column, Anne Fitten Glenn says of her daughter, “I respect her desire to be a vegetarian — but when she refuses to eat enough soy, vegetable and dairy proteins, I’m going to push a little bit of meat at her.” ["Feeding Kids Meat Does Not Equal Child Abuse," May 25 […]
Until this past school year, North Carolina’s public school “health” education curriculum promoted abstinence-only sex education. But in 2010, the Healthy Youth Act was passed into law, the goal of which is to offer a more comprehensive reproductive health and safety program to seventh- through ninth-graders.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have a billboard on display in Wales that screeches: “Feeding Kids Meat is Child Abuse.” They’re trying to put up the same billboard in a town in Canada, and closer to home, in Greenville, S.C.
When I consulted my son as to what this week’s column should be about, he thought it’d be fun to share how parents can tell if their kid is pretending to be sick. Not that he’s ever done that, he claims.
It’s springtime. It’s sunny and warm outside (when it’s not raining). Pheremones are floating on the breeze. It’s a great time to ride your bicycle. It’s also a great time to strap on a helmet. Perhaps because I live between the University of North Carolina-Asheville and downtown Asheville, I’ve seen lots of folks riding bikes […]
Take the “What kind of mom are you?” quiz for Mother’s Day.
Waiting rooms are the first circle of parenting hell (yes, the one known as limbo). If you’re looking for a reason not to have kids, here’s one: You’ll spend an inordinate number of hours over the next 16 years sitting in waiting rooms with them.
The inaugural Ramble Run on Saurday, May 7, offers a chance for healthy mom and kid togetherness — and proceeds go to help empower and supports women and girls in our community. The only thing that could make this event better is chocolate.
The focus on the conservation of our Mother Earthship (aka Earth Day) takes place in Asheville on Saturday, April 16, at Pack Square Park. There will be lots of kid friendly activities, particularly between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to promote child and family healthy living and connectedness with the Earth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests kids stay in a seat with a five-point harness buckle for as long as possible, until the child maxes out size-wise.
If you are given the privilege of naming something, you should take that seriously — whether you’re naming a human, a canine or a rodent.
Here’s the slightly edited story of what happened at our house a few weeks ago (originally written on Twitter).
A recently published memoir by Asian-American Amy Chua about raising her kids in the traditional “Eastern” parenting style is sparking heated parental debate.
So you have a new baby. Got diapers? Got blankies? Got pacifiers? Got baby photos online? If you’re like 92 percent of Americans, you can say “yes” to all of the above. A CNN story from October reports that 82 percent of children in 10 Western countries have a digital presence before the age of […]
North Carolina’s lawmakers are back in session and facing a potential $3.7 billion budget shortfall. That’s frightening. What’s even more frightening is how the budget might be balanced — through massive cuts, which, in the long run, could harm this state’s economy significantly.
I like the idea of Valentine’s Day. What’s not to like about celebrating love and eating chocolate? What I don’t like is the commercialism around the day…or the pressure associated with it.
Back in 2007, I wrote an ode to yoga pants. For some reason, lots of folks still remember the column and often talk to me about…yoga pants. Turns out that not just moms, but most women, love yoga pants, and guys seem to appreciate them as well (though don’t Google that because Rule 34 holds true).
I’ve written about both sides of the childhood vaccination debate as objectively as possible over the years. I’ve chosen to vaccinate my kids, but until recently, I could, at least emotionally, understand why some of my friends and acquaintances choose otherwise. However, after researching the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccinations, talking extensively to doctors about the issue and learning about the recent outbreaks of deadly, but vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, I’ve realized I’m no longer objective.