Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Help during tough times - what we all need this holiday

Our children are pros at Christmas lists.

No answers

As Friday's terrible news unfolded in Connecticut, I tried like the rest of the world to make some sense of it. And I failed.

Yes, I thought, as each person conveyed their horror, sadness, and desire to hold their children and wrap them in a bubble.

Yes, I thought, as people railed against those who believe any form of gun restrictions are unconstitutional.

No holiday charm in shopping online

I’ve never been a big Black Friday shopper.

How kids - and parents - make choices in the snack aisle

It was one of those “I knew that!” parenting moments.

I had hauled my 3-year-old in for a doctor’s visit that was likely to end with some needle unpleasantness, so I’d brought along lots of distractions in my diaper suitcase: books, sippy cup, toys, and what I considered healthy snacks.

Kids and cellphones - our brave new digital world

We started having The Conversation in third grade.

Not where babies come from.

Cellphones.

My son went on a field trip, and two of his friends brought cellphones along for the bus ride — which they used, amid much hysterical laughter, to leave unintelligible messages on our answering machine. Something about Frankenstein.

My (independent) future voters

Be still, my heart.

This morning, my 12-year-old son asked, with no prompting, if he could go vote with me today.

Need inspiration for your pumpkin-carving?

Every year our school has a "Pumpkin Night" event, sponsored by the Girl Scouts, where students and families are asked to tap their imaginations to create unique pumpkin designs.

Awash in plastic

I am not a coffee drinker.

Never liked the bitter taste, despite my deep affection for its cousin, chocolate.

But I am addicted to iced tea, and for years, I happily plunked down $1 for 16 ounces of Lipton’s “Pure Leaf” tea in a bottle.

Sometimes, comfort is all that matters

We are now the proud owners of a recliner.

A gen-u-ine La-Z-Boy, dark brown microfiber.

Yep.

This is our new normal. Along with blood glucose screenings, heart monitors and endless trips to the clinic.

Our family had a life-changing moment a month or so ago, when my husband was hospitalized after a heart attack and assorted complications.

Is your car seat safe? It only takes 15 minutes to find out

A 15-minute checkup once a year can help parents avoid critical mistakes that threaten their child’s safety in a car seat, according to a new study.

Safe Kids WorldWide and the General Motors Foundation analyzed data from more than 100,000 car seat inspections and found that 73 percent are not installed properly.