Simplifying Science

Phones Prove Irresistable, Even For "Safe" Teens

The first thing I do when I get into the car, before I even start driving, is to throw my phone on the passenger side floor. I do this for no other reason than the phone is completely out of my reach and therefore resistable. According to this article, nearly 9 out of 10 teenage drivers ought to try the same.

Even Self-Proclaimed ‘Safe’ Teen Drivers Play With Their Phones Behind The Wheel

If you think a 9-to-5 schedule is tough, be glad you’re not a high schooler. Their schedules are packed with activities ...Read More

Eth - ICK - al

This is an amazing read.

Ethical Parenting

Imagine this ­scenario: It’s a Tuesday evening and you’re just home from work, still panting from the subway ride, when you determine without doubt that your fourth-grader has lice. Read More

Game On! Literally.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a big fan of Common Sense Media - the non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a digital world. In my own home, the Common Sense website is considered the 3rd parent, and if a movie or an app or a website isn't deemed appropriate, well then Common Sense wins. I am so looking forward to supporting Common Sense Media this weekend at the Game On! event at Sony Studios. My kids cannot believe that I am taking them to a party filled with video game trucks and iPads. They think I am getting a head start on my annual Halloween costume (that would be Mellow Mom, who also allows her kids to eat Halloween candy.) But little do they know that Game On! is as much for me to get a peek at all of the new games and apps that Common Sense has spent countless hours viewing and reviewing for parents like us. If you cannot join in the fun, at least check out Common Sense Media's website!

Game On! 2014

Thanks to everyone for joining us on September 21 at our 3rd GameOn! and for helping make the event a big success! Over 350 guests enjoyed the fun and creative side of technology while tasting great food, making art and music and playing sports. Read More

Travels with Dr. Cara

This summer, I spent nearly every week in a different city across the US visiting American Girl stores, signing books, and meeting fantastic kids. It was the experience of a lifetime. Today, as I was going through papers from my journey, I found a note from a young blogger whom I met in Washington State. She told me that while she's writing her own book she likes to post reviews of others. I got a kick out of seeing the signed books posted on her site... now I am crossing my fingers for a good review from Lydia Martha!

Store Review: The Seattle American Girl Store

During the month of July as my birthday present my mom took me and some close friends to the American Girl Store in Lynnwood, Washington. I personally think that this store is amazing, but being the ag store it was very pricey. My mom got us a lunch reservation so she and I...Read More

New Review for #2

The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls keeps getting rave reviews, and I cannot help but post them. This is from That's It, Mommy! I am so proud that this book fills a need and resonantes with so many girls and their parents.

Review & Giveaway: The Care and Keeping of YOU 2 – The Body Book for Older Girls

As my girls started to get older, I knew that the inevitable would happen in our house – puberty! The word alone conjures a nightmarish “talk” with my mother that still makes me shudder when I think about it. That being said, I’m beyond thankful for the American Girl line...Read More