Sack Lunches: A Mixed Bag for Mom

July 2012

Food, notorious, FOOD: a four-letter word that frequently garners hair-raising reactions from parents. Consumption-related issues stir up a buffet of parental feelings like guilt, concern, dread, elation and utter madness. Newbie moms jump chest first into sustenance stress over breastfeeding: Should I? Shouldn’t I? Can I? Is it enough? Too much?

A Toast To Dad (and Lower Testosterone)

June 2012

June is tough for dads. Like when rounding a Monopoly board corner crowded with other players’ hotels, they hope to escape the month before running out of cash. Dads cough up big bucks for weddings, graduation gifts and celebrations, then sweat it out to see if they receive Father’s Day gifts they can’t afford.

One-Upmomship: Get A Load of That Uterus!

May 2012

There was a woman who lived in a zoo

She had 19 children, but knew what to do

She hired an agent and went on TV

Ignited a debate: supermom or freak?

Double duty: The hazards of working at home with kids

April 2012

The term “working mom” always bugged me. It’s redundant. All moms are on the job full-time, as in 24/7.

Birds, bees and big mouths

March 2012

A dad asked his young son if he knew about the facts of life.

“No! Don’t tell me!” the boy cried.

“Why?” his dad asked.

Changing diapers: leads to changing minds

Childfree people in glass (and tidy) houses shouldn’t throw stones. In other words, Moms and dads don’t take kindly to kid-less others who wield child-rearing advice and tsk-tsks like Platinum American Express cards on Rodeo Drive.

Sweet Comfort: When Mom Gives you Lemons, Make a Lemonade Stand!

January 2012

Two brothers, ages 6 and 8, announce to their father that they want to set up a lemonade stand on the corner.

“How much will you charge per cup?” asks dad.
“Twenty-five cents,” says the beaming 8-year-old.

Mom Myths Dispelled ... Don't Believe Everything You Read!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a pear tree …
Two turtledoves …
Yadda, yadda …
Twelve drummers drumming …

Kids + Money = Dollars and No Sense

“Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children” — Oil tycoon J. Paul Getty

A Frightful Change: Hanging Up Our Haunted House

October 2011

Like my neighbor who needs a life, many retailers have been displaying Halloween accoutrements since the end of July. And, before the last rubber bat and plastic tombstone hit the clearance bins, “Silent Night” will fill elevators, waiting rooms and restaurants.

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Her Well Being: Stories of Health, Survival, and Livin' It Up Her Style

A Big, Bad Fight

Dana Birdsong didn’t have time for a headache that day. The (then) 35-year-old lobbyist and advocate for the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C. had a meeting on Capitol Hill she couldn’t miss.

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