I love Netflix– but one thing I don’t love about it is that it can be impossible to sort through all the ‘meh’ and the ‘eww’ to find truly find the top Netflix movies, documentaries and TV shows. Netflix’s interface is clunky, and unless you know what you’re looking for — you’re pretty much out […]

Family, Fun

January 20, 2016

75 Top Netflix Movies & TV Shows You’ve Never Heard Of

When I was growing up, the one thing my mom always made sure we had was a housekeeper. Even when we were so poor we used a kerosene heater to heat our den and could only afford ten-cent packets of Kool-Aid to drink, we always, always, always had a maid. For those of you who […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun, Live

January 5, 2016

Shoes On or Shoes Off in the House? The Struggle IS REAL.

This morning before the sun rose, I woke to the infernal buzz of my alarm clock, stumbled out of bed, and blearily began going through the many motions that it takes to get two kids packed and dressed and showered and fed and ready to head off to two different schools on time. And I […]

Family, Fun

November 5, 2015

Changing Up Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Kid’s Whole Day

You might have noticed by now that adult coloring books are a major trend. Okay… Wait. Now I’m getting a mental image of a coloring book with black-and-white drawings of Playboy Centerfolds, and that’s just all kinds of wrong. Let me rephrase that first sentence. Coloring books for adults are a big trend right now. They are so popular, […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

October 15, 2015

Death and Coloring

As most of you know, we recently put my eight-year-old son ‘Bruiser’ on an electronic fast for an entire week. That meant no television (except for our weekly Family Movie Night). No iPad. No iPhone. No video games. No computer (unless he was working on his ‘novel’). Nothing. Nada. Nilch. (Yes, I realize that nilch […]

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October 6, 2015

I Put My Son On an Electronic Fast — Here’s What Happened.

Several months ago, one of my 11 year old daughter’s equine-obsessed friends introduced her to a website called Howrse.com. On this site, users breed horses and ponies and manage their own personal equestrian centers. It didn’t sound very interesting to me, but after checking out the site for myself and making it clear to my daughter that she […]

Family, Fun, Humor

September 24, 2015

The Problem with Whores

If you’d asked me a few years ago whether my kids would ever have a screen time problem, I would’ve assured you that in this house, screen time would never be an issue. After all, I’d read all the articles about how harmful too much screen time can be to a child’s development. I’d seen […]

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September 1, 2015

Why I’m Putting My Eight-Year-Old on an Electronic Fast.

Dear Teachers, As the end of the school year approached a few months ago, my Facebook feed began to fill with all of your jubilant updates, which mostly consisted of stuff like this… I laughed right along with you, teachers. You deserved a break! And the truth was, I was glad to be getting my […]

Family, Fun, Humor

August 5, 2015

An End-of-Summer Letter to Teachers Everywhere

When I had my first child, I couldn’t wait to enjoy all the perks that came with being a new mom. After all, I’d spent nine long months anticipating my baby’s arrival- It was time to get this parenting show on the road! And so, almost immediately, I started taking my tiny daughter to story times. And puppet shows. […]

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July 23, 2015

A Public Service Message for New Parents

For several years now, my son has begged us to to buy him a trumpet. At first, we thought the request was a passing fancy, sort of like his plans to build a walking, talking robot out of old batteries and cereal boxes, or his dreams of opening a bookstore in our home filled with books he’d written, […]

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July 9, 2015

Good Enough For Me