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Parenting is hard. Nobody does it right, but we all do our best.

Feb 5, 2020

Why Valentine's Day Matters to Moms

Why Valentine's Day Matters to Moms

At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate, coincidentally, everything we voluntarily give up to become moms: free time, spontaneous affection, and validation.

Jan 1, 2020

Finding What Motivates YOU for 2020

Finding What Motivates YOU for 2020

“Give me $100 at the beginning of the week,” said my friend Leonard. “At the end of the week, we’ll look at your list. If you’ve achieved everything on your list,

Dec 20, 2019

Mommy for Congress

Mommy for Congress

Politics. Like so many things that are important to me, the question arises: When is the right time to start putting this material in front of my kids?

Dec 6, 2019

5 Ways Moms Are Like Superheroes

5 Ways Moms Are Like Superheroes

I’m a mom who happens to also love comics – and, of course, the recent proliferation of movies and TV shows based on comics – and it recently occurred to me that real-life moms share just about all the major traits that define the genre.

Aug 1, 2018

Arm Me with Harmony: Kid Safety in 7 Steps

Arm Me with Harmony: Kid Safety in 7 Steps

Unless we keep our kids in a bubble, they are at risk every time they leave the house (and even while they’re in it). But there are things we can do to help keep them safer – and to give ourselves some comfort that we’re being proactive about helping mitigate the dangers of the world we live in.

Jun 14, 2018

5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts That Will Melt Any Dad’s Heart

5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts That Will Melt Any Dad’s Heart

They say it’s the thought that counts – and that is never more true than when kids make a homemade gift for their dad. There’s really no way to go wrong – with these or any other idea you might come up with. And if you happen to have a little fun in the making, well that’s a bonus!

Mar 1, 2018

Me Time and We Time

Me Time and We Time

Last night, I asked my daughter what she wanted to do this weekend. She did not suggest museums, or libraries, or swimming, or even going to the zoo. She said, “Let’s stay home and play house.” That’s when I realized that even the kid-focused activities in my QT arsenal still involve multitasking.

Feb 22, 2018

Teaching Kids How to Fail

Teaching Kids How to Fail

As parents, we bear daily witness to our children’s small failures and the role those failures play in helping them learn and grow. You can’t learn to toddle without learning to topple. With each careening step, our little ones are learning balance.