Girls Will Be Girls

I want her to be rough and tumble, brave enough to take on the boys at kickball, and not too squeamish to dig up worms for a worm race. She has to know she is beautiful without feeling obligated; she should assert herself without being bossy. more »

Jan 1, 2014 8:14 PM -playground- 1 Comments

(Not Really An) Invincible Mom

I could be the mom of two with a brain tumor; she could be the little girl on the amber alert sign; we could be another family rocked by the joblessness and struggling economy. The reality of our fragility feels frighteningly obvious these days. more »

Aug 18, 2013 8:46 PM -playground- 4 Comments

The Argument for Sleep

Like most child-rearing topics, there is a multitude of conflicting information about whether or not sharing a bed with an infant is safe or not. We asked two local moms to share their opinions on the co-sleeping debate. more »

Dec 2, 2012 9:04 PM -playground- 1 Comments

Hello Again, Private School

With the adjustment came a new academic persona: “School is boring; school is for babies,” my son would tell me. Along with his tough-guy football schtick, he was happily coasting into dumb jock zone. more »

Oct 23, 2012 7:44 PM -playground- 23 Comments

Manning Up in a Woman's World

“I knew not a lot of dads that did this really hard thing I was doing and I wondered how many of them could handle it. Then I would stop and remind myself that lots of moms do it everyday.” more »

May 20, 2012 11:23 PM -man cave-

Sprouting Traditions

Midway through that first summer of more lettuce than we could give away, I had a cool taste of what sends my dad on his evening rides through the nursery to look over his stock with pride: growing stuff feels good. more »

Apr 13, 2012 8:25 AM -playground- 2 Comments

The Up Side of Down's

Though she is 15 months old and just learning to walk, she has had ample practice holding her own in the world. My daughter, Bethany, was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that our family grappled to understand at first. more »

Mar 20, 2012 9:50 PM -playground- 7 Comments