I think I can speak for all parents when I say: OMG, this year! Nothing has been easy about parenting in a pandemic, and things are about to get even harder. Welcome to back-to-school season 2020, where every decision is fraught with more stress than any of us ever imagined was possible. Is it safe […]
How to Talk to Your Kids About Momo and Other Very Real Dangers
Unless you’ve been hiding under a social-media rock for the past 48 hours—in which case, I am so jealous—you’ve been subjected to the waking nightmare of Momo. You know, that horribly creepy female “character” with the bugged-out eyes and gruesome smile that’s been infiltrating kids’ YouTube videos. She is every parent’s worst nightmare, since her […]
The Safety Lessons Your Kids Really Need to Know
It’s the middle of the school year, so the assessments are in full swing. How are your kids doing? Are they on track? Are they learning what they’re supposed to be learning? Oh, sure, you’ve had the requisite parent-teacher conferences, but I’m not talking about academics, social skills or the OMG-pay-attention-kid stuff here. No, I’m […]
Beware of These 7 Holiday Dangers to Kids!
Stop whatever you’re doing and read this article right now. I know, I know: There’s wrapping to be done and cards to be addressed and gifts still left to buy. But it can wait. What can’t wait? Knowing how to keep your kids safe from the danger are lurking around every mistletoe sprig and Elf […]
13 Everyday Lessons That Fight Rape Culture—and Keep Kids Safe
Rape culture exists. It doesn’t matter if you believe that or not (though it would certainly be nice). It’s just a fact. It’s why people laugh at sexist behavior, shrug and say, “Boys will be boys.” It’s why 1 in 5 female college students are sexually assaulted—and why that number is probably a lot […]
Could You Ever Forget Your Child in the Car?
I don’t know why I’m surprised when I read Internet comments—or, to be completely honest, why I read them at all. But yet, here I am…reading them and surprised. We’ve all seen the horrific stories about children being accidentally left in cars. In warmer months, temperatures can quickly soar to well over 100 degrees […]
Where Do You Stand on Free-Range Parenting?
At what point do you think your kids will be old enough to fend for themselves? To have a little independence? To be away from you and to be safe? To enjoy the freedom to explore and to learn about the world around them, without your constant watchful presence—like kids did back in the day? […]
A Lesson in Defensive Toddlering
You know how you learned all about defensive driving in Driver’s Ed? It’s super important and you use it every time you’re in a car, right? Right. Then why the heck doesn’t anyone teach moms about defensive toddlering? It’s another essential, life-or-death skill. Yes, defensive toddlering. Because toddlers are always doing something dangerous, death-defying […]