Raising Wonder Women: Parenting Lessons from DC’s Latest Blockbuster

I have a special affinity for superhero films, but my anticipation for Warner Bros. Studio’s “Wonder Woman” has been unique. I remember watching reruns of Lynda Carter’s Diana Prince that hit the 1970’s with supernatural strength; her lasso of truth, indestructible bracelets, and invisible airplane beat the heck out of any accessories Barbie could offer.Continue reading “Raising Wonder Women: Parenting Lessons from DC’s Latest Blockbuster”

Holding On & Letting Go (for PMB)

I know she is growing up, but as I witnessed her pulling out the summer peppers and preparing for their forthcoming carving, I was both impressed and saddened that she didn’t need my help. Still young, but the oldest of four, my daughter removed the stem ends, sliced the pepper’s ribs from the sides, andContinue reading “Holding On & Letting Go (for PMB)”

7 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Full-Day Kindergarten

Nope, not going to happen” was my consistent response to my husband when he put homeschooling on the table. He always reminded me that I have a Masters of Science in Education, and I would remind him of my spastic organizational skills. Privatized education, at-home learning, and the public education system; we explored them all,Continue reading “7 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Full-Day Kindergarten”

The Burden and Beauty of a Sister @PDX Moms Blog

Hey, hey, HEY! What is going on in here? In this house we don’t fight with our sister, we fight for her.” This seems to be a common refrain for me these days, as I seek to break through the chattering cacophony of little girl voices seeking to be the most strident, shrewdest, and scrupulousContinue reading “The Burden and Beauty of a Sister @PDX Moms Blog”

The Mom’s Road Trip Survival Guide for Portland Moms Blog

I know just the title of this piece sounds like a bad idea. However, our family has taken many long road trips, and it’s worth it (especially, when you look at the price of flying a large family). We bond as our little clan journeys together, exploring new places, and building wonder-filled memories in theContinue reading “The Mom’s Road Trip Survival Guide for Portland Moms Blog”

Thank You, Poison Control @ PDX Moms Blog

Thank You, Poison Control “I didn’t have the number for the Poison Control Center in my phone the first time I needed it. The deadly substance that threatened my littles? Baby powder. I had it high on a shelf, seemingly safe out of reach for my three-year-old who had just begun to share a room withContinue reading “Thank You, Poison Control @ PDX Moms Blog”

Mastitis Misery and How to Avoid It (For PDX Moms Blog)

I knew I was clueless about breastfeeding, but I had no idea it could mean a trip to the operating room for mastitis. I was simply befuddled that breastfeeding could be so difficult. It’s natural, right? Babies need to eat to survive; surely it should be simple despite the voices saying it wasn’t. Nevertheless I stoodContinue reading “Mastitis Misery and How to Avoid It (For PDX Moms Blog)”

i Flew at iFLY–Portland’s Newest Indoor Family Activity (For PDX Moms Blog)

“I love asking questions that make people think beyond their current reality. Things like, “If you had to choose right now, what would you do for the rest of your life? If you were an animal which one would you be?” And my kids’ favorite, “If you could have a superpower which would you choose?”Continue reading “i Flew at iFLY–Portland’s Newest Indoor Family Activity (For PDX Moms Blog)”

Childhood Community: Why Your Kids Need It (For PDX Moms Blog)

“When I was a kid, I spent many Sundays at my uncle’s house listening to people yell excitedly at the television as football teams battled it out. I often sat there snacking with a book, and side-eyed them—like a pretentious little brat. I didn’t understand why these grown men, and my lovely gentle mom, wereContinue reading “Childhood Community: Why Your Kids Need It (For PDX Moms Blog)”

Hey Kids, How ‘Bout These for Resolutions–For Portland Mom’s Blog

My kids are getting ready to compose their glittery goals commonly known as New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s commendable they want to learn their multiplication facts, ambitious to want to play the viola with proficiency, and fantastic that they want to be congenial to their friends. However, they are also prone to making crazyContinue reading “Hey Kids, How ‘Bout These for Resolutions–For Portland Mom’s Blog”