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DIY Costumes For Halloween: A Better Option This Year

Each year, Halloween has created angst for both my daughter and I. It never fails that every year, I feel like I’m trying to catch up before the race ends to find the right costume. My daughter and I would usually go from one Halloween costume store to another until we hope to find the one she loves. While I love this holiday, I don’t care so much about the chaos that usually ensues before the... read more

9/11 And My Mother’s Birthday

Sunday will be ten years since the World Trade Towers fell on 9/11. Funny how if you ask most people what they did yesterday, they don’t remember. If the next question was where were you when the Twin Towers were attacked on 9/11, they would know exactly where they were and what they were doing that day. For me, it was a typical day of shopping at Costco with my then two year old daughter, minding my... read more

Online Breast-Milk Donors

A new study shows that women who can’t pump their own breast-milk have found a new source to find it, online donors. One of the women in this article, Lindsey Ward, had problems providing breast milk for her second child, so she decided to look for outside sources. Through Facebook, she found a discussion group called Eats On Feets, which helps women find donors for milk-sharing. Started in July 2010... read more

Finding Positive Messages In Music For Tweens

Music is an ever-present companion for any child I know. It used to be easy keeping up with what my child listened to, from nursery rhymes to PBS Kids’ themes songs like Dragon Tales. Nowadays, I’m lucky if I know the lyrics to the latest Kesha or Katy Perry song. An article I read about a 6th grader whose homework was to find songs that have positive messages was a great topic to write about... read more

“Tiger Mother”: Parenting the Chinese Way or A Bully In Disguise

A new book about a Mom’s parenting style had me wondering about the extent some parents will go to achieve their goals .  A memoir by Amy Chua, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” describes the way she parents as the “Chinese” way. Amy Chua describes her parenting as “tough love” but as I kept reading the excerpt of her book, I was floored by the methods she used to... read more

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