Ages and Stages

Why Elementary Schools Should Allow PG Movies

Why Elementary Schools Should Show PG Movies

I feel strongly that elementary schools should allow PG movies, especially for PTO events and school field trips (on the tour buses). Why? One word: Frozen. It's PG for "some action and mild rude humor." I am not making that up. Schools won't allow kids to watch many of the most popular movies for kids because of the Read More

Stranger Danger: Who to Ask For Help

Stranger Danger: Who to Ask for Help

We all know to teach kids about "stranger danger" when they are little, but do they really know what to do if they need help and they can't find someone they know and trust? Telling them to "find help” is really easy, but actually talking to an adult and asking them for help is not Read More

Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a toddler is hard! There are no two ways about it, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare. Other passengers will always run the gamut from understanding, even helpful, to complete jerks. No one thinks it's fun to fly with a cranky or crying little person, whether it's your own or someone Read More

Beyond Stranger Danger: Cults and Social Isolation

Beyond Stranger Danger: Cults and Social Isolation

We start teaching our kids about stranger danger when they are toddler so most know they shouldn't get in a car with a stranger or take candy from one. If your "little one" is now a black belt with some serious unarmed self-defense skills or a 200-pound linebacker, you may have stopped worrying about stranger Read More

Meeting Online Friends IRL

Meeting Online Friends IRL

First, second, and third: Most strangers are harmless, not dangerous. A teeny, tiny portion of strangers are Bad People who will do Bad Things if they get the chance. Sadly, because those Bad Things are So Very Bad, it is important to learn about how to recognize potential Stranger Danger and to be very careful Read More

Staying Safe Away From Home

Staying Safe Away from Home

Simply being aware of where you are and how to get to safety in an emergency is an incredibly important, but overlooked, life skill for adults and kids. The most basic advice is also the simplest: Put down the electronics and observe where you are wherever you are traveling. Again, to be clear, turn off the Read More

Grocery Shopping with Kids

Grocery Shopping with Kids

It's no secret that kids make shopping for anything more challenging and more expensive. Grocery shopping is no exception, so how can you avoid going broke (and crazy) when you have to take the kids grocery shopping? The biggest key is to have firm, non-negotiable limits on what they can choose. I have always allowed the Read More

Choosing Godparents

Choosing Godparents

Depending on your faith, you may need to know who your child's godparents will be almost as soon as they are born, or maybe not until years later. But what goes into choosing a Godparent or what they are expected to do? Is it a legally binding relationship? What family pressures do you have? No one Read More

Class Parties and Potlucks

Your kid just came up and told you they need something for the class party today and you have no time to shop or make anything. What's a quick, easy solution? Popcorn! Make a whole bucket of it. Last time I did this, I filled a three-gallon bucket I already had because it was for a Read More