Leaps and Bounds
A super hero we can look up to.
By Jennifer Strain
Finally, we can have a super hero more true to life. A hero we can look up to and moms alike can relate. I would like to introduce you to a mild-mannered PTA member by night, super dust fighting hero by day -- SUPERMOM! Supermom has no use for tights and capes -- instead she wears a comfortable pair of sweatpants and a ponytail in her hair. Supermom can leap a mound of dirty laundry in a single bound. She may not be able to see through walls, but she can spy a dirty dish at a hundred paces. Supermom may not be able to read minds but she can sense a child lying without batting an eye. She may not be able to orbit into space but she can recite every Sesame Street character in alphabetical order. Supermomís super spit can clean a... read more
It takes a village -- a nosy, busybody, opinionated village.
By Jennifer Grissom
Deciding to have a child is certainly one of the biggest decisions that a person will ever make in their... read more
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Enzo in Nicaragua
Seeing street kids in a whole new light.
By JD Roberto
It’s with no small amount of guilt that I shoo away a kid of about 8 who approaches me with a, “Hello, amigo.” Enzo doesn’t notice. We’re sitting on the front steps of our hotel, me poring over the map of Granada and him captivated by the horse-drawn carriages that line the central square of this well-preserved Spanish colonial town. Street kids—whether the pint-sized kitsch hawkers at Angkor Wat, the frequently belligerent Gypsy girls outside the Louvre, or the pack of 9-year-old boys who follow you Pied Piper-style to the bakery in Hue (where you inevitably buy them a loaf of bread)—are a fixture in the life of a traveler. Almost anywhere you go, there’s a predictable... read more
Dancing Between the Party Lines
Parenting makes it not so black and white.
By Jennifer Cummins
When it comes to politics, it seems that I have to watch where I step when it comes to forming a concrete... read more
Parenting Outside the Razor Wire
What happens when parents are separated by a prison sentence?
By Sandra Ray
Single parents can face some difficult parenting decisions in part because they do not have someone... read more
Learning to Read Palms
I see a tall, dark principal in your future.
By Robin Svedi
Okay, I know this a timeworn tale that's been retold by generations of relocated northerners turned southerners, so if you’ve heard it before you can just go ahead and skip by. For those of you who haven’t encountered the phenomenon of palm reading as an educational subject, I’ll recount my own version. My middle school-aged son came home from his new school in North Carolina, and informed me that he would be reading palms the following day in class. Now I don’t know about you, but where we come from -- Long Island, New York -- this isn’t your standard educational fair. That’s not to say they didn’t do any weird educational things back home. The time the physical education teacher... read more
This Is Not Your Father's Pinewood Derby
Much has changed since my Cub Scout days.
By Bryan W. Fields
January 1966. Dad and I sat at the kitchen table for an entire weekend to make my first Pinewood... read more
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The IP Bookshelf
Not a Box written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis
Not a Box Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis HarperCollins; $12.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0061123221 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Brimming with imagination and as close as you can get to the fun of playing with an empty box yourself without actually having one at hand, Antoinette Portis' Not a Box will resonate with both parents and children. Portis... read more
Gene Pool Dating?
Women, let this be a guide; donít worry about being rejected by a boyfriend because he doesnít love you.
By Jennifer Cummins
To anyone out there that may have ever felt rejected by someone they have loved, I am here to tell... read more
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