Mama needs help: baby wakes her up every night

Got this query: “I am a 30 week pregnant mum of a 20 month old toddler. I was at home for the first year and have worked for 6 months. I co sleep withmy toddler who is still beastfeeding ….. but he wakes so regularly at night …. I am the only one who can feed him back to sleep. He is struggling with excema that seems to be getting worse and the advice that…Read More

Babywearing: it’s not just for babies!

If visions of infants in slings and wraps typically come to mind when you think of babywearing, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out that your carriers can still be quite beneficial for toting your toddler around. You may not be able to carry your (slightly larger) bundle of joy as long as you once did, but nevertheless you can still get plenty of use out of your carrier. Just like younger babies, toddlers…Read More

What’s more important, a parenting schedule or the needs of the kids?

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a single co-parenting divorced Dad to three children, a 12yo girl, a 9yo boy and a 5yo girl. My ex and I are blessed to live within about a mile of each other and each of us has a place with sufficient room for all of the children to stay with either of us. Linda has stayed in the house bought in 2002, almost seven years ago,…Read More

Why I like living here in Boulder, Colorado

Okay, so this is a bit afield from my day-to-day challenges as a single dad, but I look at this as optimism therapy. Ya good with that? i thought you might be… We moved from the Santa Cruz mountains above Silicon Valley to Boulder, Colorado about seven years ago now, a bit after 9/11, though that wasn’t our motivation for moving. We’d loved living in the mountains and had a fabulous house on two acres,…Read More

The dreaded evening call from the ex’s house

I don’t know if this is a common issue with recently divorced families, but my ex and I have been wrestling with this issue since we first separated over a year ago: the first night our 8yo son is at her house after being at mine, he’ll call and tell me how he wants to switch and be at my house instead. It’s fairly regular and I know he’s having a hard time there when…Read More

Secret skill: I can paint ceramics!

If you know me, you know that I am incessantly doodling and scribbling pictures. Put me at a table with a paper tablecloth and crayons or a pen and you’ll soon find that it’s covered with random drawings. Rather than call myself any sort of artist, however, I think “cartoonist” is probably more accurate, and a little known fact is that I did have a short-lived underground comic strip that circulated while I was in…Read More

The winning wry Valentine’s Day haikus!

If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you know that I ran a competition for the most amusing, wry haiku’s in honor of Valentine’s Day. See: Win a $70 gift certificate from Proflowers. Today is Valentine’s Day, however, so let me start out by wishing you a happy day and by saying that everyone should receive at least one valentine’s day wish. Now you’ve received mine. And with that, on with the winners! These are…Read More

Does Attachment Parenting “Break” a Child?

I received an email from a mother who is clearly in a difficult situation with her 5mo boy: she’s been raising him with the basic tenets of attachment parenting, but is now starting to get negative feedback from her family and friends. So she’s not sure she’s doing the right thing… please, read through what she’s written and, if you have some words of wisdom, add ’em here. Thanks. “Hi. My name is Anita and…Read More

Review: Cirque du Soleil “O”

Rather to my surprise, I’ve become a bit of a Cirque du Soleil junkie and find myself going to a new show each time I’m in Las Vegas. I’ve already written about The Beatles: LOVE, which I found a wonderful experience. Last time I was in Vegas the Cirque team was generous in providing tickets to “O” at the Bellagio and offering my friends and I a great behind-the-scenes tour and chance to meet some…Read More

Leave a wry haiku, win $70 gift cert for Proflowers for Vday

Valentine’s Day is coming up and this year my thoughts don’t turn to the fabled massacre (which is good) (I’m just kidding, take it easy!) but I am also quite aware that it’ll be just about the 30 day anniversary of my divorce decree being signed in the local courthouse. So I’m not exactly ready to send anyone a beautiful bouquet of roses. On the other hand, I have been given the chance – perhaps…Read More

The First Sleepover: Success Strategies?

I’m so proud of my 8yo son G- who last weekend tried to have a sleepover at a friend’s house. He ended up calling me at 9:45pm asking me to come pick him up (which I did, no problems, no judgment, no criticism, of course!) but I still think it was a success at some level. What I’m wondering is if there was some way I could have helped set things up to be more…Read More

Cirque du Soleil “O” — Behind the Scenes!

Kismet and good living, that’s all I can figure was how I ended up being friends with Jessica Berlin, social media publicist for the wonderful Cirque du Soleil performing troop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Well, social media helped, but I have very much enjoyed the time we’ve spent together talking about the online world, performing arts, and much more. I have a bit of a background in stage productions, I’ve done lighting and sound for…Read More

Talking with your children while at a trade show

I’ve been on the road for a week now here in Las Vegas, first for the Consumer Electronics Show, then a geeky event called WordCamp Las Vegas (focused on WordPress users), and finally at the Affiliate Summit. That’s a long time to be hanging out in Las Vegas, breathing in clouds of second hand smoke and listening to the incessant bing! bing! bing! of slot machines. It’s hard to remember the kids at a trade…Read More

FDA approves Latisse: drug to lengthen your eyelashes

No, I’m not making this up. WebMD reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has issued approval to Allergan to market and distribute a new drug called Latisse that promotes longer, darker, thicker eyelashes. Turns out that eyelash growth is a rather surprising side-effect of the glaucoma drug Lumigen, also made by Allergan.Read More

Are Chore Charts the Answer to Holding Children Accountable?

This is a guest post from my friend Kevin Savetz. There comes a time in every family in which the debate over chores begins. How old should a child be when he or she is first assigned chores? Should the child be rewarded for completing these household tasks or does pitching in just come with being part of a family? If there is a reward, what should it be: cash or privileges? Many parents believe…Read More