Posts filed as “Parenthood”

Vacations And Recessions Continued

The question I posed in my last post might well have an answer. ABC News is reporting on a new survey claiming that nearly half of all families will cut back on or curtail vacation and travel plans for the upcoming spring break....Read more.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

Cali Williams Yost, the work/life blogger for Fast Company, thinks a recession could be good for the cause of balance.  Sure, there will be a few companies that turn to the tried and true method of firing as many people as they can get away with and forcing the survivors to work 60 hour weeks.  But they ...Read more.

Why Not to Worry About American Children

There are stories that remind you that the vast majority of issues American parents worry about are absolute bs in the greater scheme of things. This is one of them....Read more.

The Stork

When my younger son was born, my curious 3 1/2 year old firstborn asked where his new brother came from. I am embarrassed to report that I lied, informing him that there was this kind of bird known as a stork, and he was responsible for all babies. Not only did the stork put his younger brother in my tummy ...Read more.

Conversations, Part II

It’s only fair to include a conversation between my younger son and one of his best friends I had the good fortune to overhear last week. Both parties in the conversation are four years old. Best friend: I don’t want to get old. Luke: You know what? My grandma — my grandma isn’t old, but ...Read more.


Today, I decided to tell Jake, who was home sick from school, what life was like in the distant past when mommy was eight years old. Me: Televisions only had thirteen channels. There was no remote. You had to get off the couch and change the channel. Jake: That’s horrible. Me: And if you called someone ...Read more.

Housing and Babies

Apparently McMansions can inspire more than just lust for a new home. Demographers are now speculating that the formerly gangbusters housing market was the cause of the baby boom of 2006, the first year in more than three decades that the United States birth rate reached population replacement levels. The argument goes something like this: When housing is hard ...Read more.

Let’s Stop Scaring Women

No more coffee or diet soda during pregnancy: Too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, a new study says, and the authors suggest that pregnant women may want to reduce their intake or cut it out entirely. I’m sorry, but this old saw has been around for years, and I don’t believe ...Read more.

Mistakes I Won’t Make Again In This Lifetime, Part I

Never, ever tell a child you think the school district will call a snow day till you receive a confirming email. It wasn’t pretty....Read more.

The Latest in Outsourcing

The latest trend is outsourcing is in wombs. That’s right. Baby brokers are matching up would-be first world parents with Indian women desperate to earn enough money to raise their families out of poverty. A full-on parenting package, which includes everything from the cost of in-vitro fertilization to the paying the birth mother what it ...Read more.