Mommy Matters: Valentine’s Day

Mommy Matters: Valentine’s Day

4 Fun Ideas for Celebrating Valentine's Day With Kids When someone says “Valentine’s Day,” we think long-stemmed red roses and gazing soulfully into the eyes of our sweetheart over a romantic dinner. Roses and romance are nice, but did you know Valentine’s Day is a...

Mommy Matters: Kids in the Kitchen

Mommy Matters: Kids in the Kitchen

Holiday cooking projects for children are not only fun, but are a great way to create tradition and develop useful skills. BY Nicole Crawford The holidays are right around the corner, and for many people that means an extra dose of family time and food. If your...

Today’s Teens

Today’s Teens

Not so driven to get a license When I was a teenager, the ritual countdown to our 16th birthday meant most, if not all, of my friends got their driver’s licenses on their birthdays, or soon after. And there were always the ensuing celebrations—joyrides in friends’ new...

Helping Your Teen Get Smart about Skin Care

Helping Your Teen Get Smart about Skin Care

When I think back to my high school years, I’m pretty sure my main source of insecurity was my skin. I remember being at a choir concert and feeling absolutely certain that everyone in the audience was surely staring at the giant pimple on my nose. And I almost...

Anonymous Apps & Cyberbullying

Anonymous Apps & Cyberbullying

The Bully without a Face When I hear the word “bully,” I think of kids who corner other kids in the hallways and steal their lunches. A bully is an in-your-face offender. You know what a bully looks like, and you try to avoid confrontations at all costs. With the rise...

Mommy Matters: Responsibility in Children

Mommy Matters: Responsibility in Children

Fostering Commitment and Personal Responsibility in Children By Nicole Crawford Your daughter comes home from a long day of school and collapses on a couch with a sigh. “Mom, I cannot go to dance tonight. I just don’t even like it anymore.” You point out she’s only...

Mommy Matters: Finding a mentor for your teen

Mommy Matters: Finding a mentor for your teen

Last May, I graduated from my 200-hour yoga teaching training and became a certified yoga instructor. The first piece of advice our teacher gave us upon completing the training was to find a mentor. Believe it or not, in my 29 years on this Earth I had never received...

The Stress Test

The Stress Test

How Parents can help Last month, my oldest son came home from school and announced that, for the third consecutive year, he had qualified to represent his grade in the school-wide spelling bee. “That’s wonderful!” I exclaimed. An awkward silence followed. “OK, mom,...

Mommy Matters: Discipline and your children’s friends

Mommy Matters: Discipline and your children’s friends

When and how do you do it? When it comes to raising our two boys, ages 12 and 10, my husband and I often joke that we are “making it up as we go along,” especially when it comes to rules. We have always had a few of what the boys refer to as “the biggies.”  These are...

Kids & “Bad” Words

Kids & “Bad” Words

Kids & "Bad" Words Do you give a D@#!? There is a scene in one of my favorite holiday movies, A Christmas Story, where Ralphie utters “the queen mother of dirty words” and gets his mouth washed out with soap. While the scene is hilarious, the situation isn’t quite as...

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