Common Core Stress? Advocate, don’t argue


I admit it:  I was in hysterics when I read the answer that dad provided for the math question on the second grade test.  The question was not a good … [Continue reading...]

Joining Forces with Scary Mommy


It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes a tribe to kickstart a writing career.  I've been very fortunate along the way.  I've met some … [Continue reading...]

Facebook Free for 40 Days…


I gave up Facebook for Lent. I know, right?  How will I get the most important news stories?  Do I really have to scroll through the CNN app on my … [Continue reading...]

Play More Often for Happy Kids!


I've seen some great articles on the importance of play in the past few months.  This is a good thing.  While people all over the country continue to … [Continue reading...]

Parenting articles to check out…


It's been busy around here lately!  Between my work at allParenting and Everyday Family and the book that has a deadline quickly approaching…I've been … [Continue reading...]

Addiction, Mental Health, and Parenting: Why You Need to Connect the Dots


I can't pretend to know what fighting addiction truly entails.  I have friends who fight for their sobriety every day.  They never miss a … [Continue reading...]

Distracted No More with Hands Free Mama

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I have a love/not-so-love relationship with technology. There are times when I feel like I couldn't possibly live without my iPhone.  When my … [Continue reading...]

Get a HAPPY Start to 2014!


Happy New Year, Practical friends!  We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season are are ready to hit the ground playing in 2014! We are snowed … [Continue reading...]

And then there was a book…


I have wanted to be an author since I was eight years old... I remember sitting in my pink and green room, colors chosen for (not by) me, with a … [Continue reading...]

TIC Holiday 101: The Babysitter Checklist


  Holiday season is officially in full swing (we even have some cooler temperatures out here in SoCal to show for it), and today I have some … [Continue reading...]