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What Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

Everyone tries to figure out what Mom really wants for Mother's Day. New shoes? (Which shoes?) A spa day? (Which spa, and which treatments?) Books? (Which ones?) Breakfast in bed? (Made by the kids? What can they make that she will eat?) It's really quite simple. It's an inverse relationship to how much they see their kids Read More

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

Originally published on The Moderate Mom. "Never discuss politics and religion" is reasonable advice for day to day harmony, because the topics bring out such strong feelings, but it has led to some unpleasant long-term side effects. People truly do not understand how people can have different belief than they do because people do not Read More

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

Make New Friends

Make New Friends

The song Make New Friends was woven into the fabric of my youth by its ubiquity in Girl Scouts. I have always loved the sentiment, which I have always taken to mean older friends are more valuable. As adults, this is so much more important. It's easy to focus all your time and energy on your Read More

Do Your Parents Need Help?

Do Your Parents Need Help?

It's a tough subject and one we all struggle with, but unless your parents die young, at some point they will need your help with day-to-day tasks. You probably won't want to admit it when it first happens, and they almost certainly won't, but waiting just makes it worse. Age is clearly a factor, but Read More

Trains, Trains, and More Trains

Trains, Trains, & More Trains

When we took our son on his first steam train ride when he was a few months old, we had no idea what we were starting. Naturally, Thomas the Tank Engine was the true gateway to his addiction. For those who don't know yet, there are many trains on the Island of Sodor and still more that Read More

Raising Healthier Kids

Raising Healthier Kids

Guest post by Vasilis Stefanou of TheLifeUpgrades.com. Even though I’m not a father, I dislike the idea that most of the kids in our days are raised in unhealthy ways and by the time they reach their teenage years have multiple health problems because of the living they are used to have. Why is that the case Read More

Second Run Theaters: Oft-Forgotten Gems

Second-Run Theaters: Oft-Forgotten Gems

Stop paying $15-$20 or more per person to see the newest stereotype-reinforcing pile of poo from the big studios, especially while it's still new in the theater! You do have other movie choices. Buying, streaming or borrowing DVDs come to mind, but that isn't the same as seeing something on the big screen. And no, that doesn't mean Read More

Make Movie Choices That Don’t Reinforce Racism and Misogyny

Make Movie Choices That Don't Reinforce Racism and Misogyny

Read this article for more complete details, but the simple reality is that when Hattie McDaniels won an Oscar in 1939 for her role in Gone With the Wind, racism was so deeply ingrained in American life, and in every aspect of Hollywood, that the first black winner of an Oscar wasn't even able to attend the premiere 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

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