Today is Labor Day, Tomorrow is “Launch Day”!

When “No Regrets Parenting” was published a couple years ago, the book became a bestseller, but one concept in particular in the book went “viral” : Between your child’s birth and her leaving for college, there are only 940 Saturdays. The New York Times titled their review of the book, “940 Saturdays and You’re Done.” […]

Do You Have BTSD (Back-To-School Disorder)?

Do you miss the days when Big Chief Tablets were all the rage and iPad tablets hadn’t been invented yet? You and your kids might have Back-To-School Disorder (BTSD) and not even know it. My new post for Parents Magazine will help you make the diagnosis. Click here

When is a Fort Not Really a Fort, and When is it Even Better?

Money didn’t come easily for our family when we were kids, and mom watched every penny to make sure we had enough for the essentials. So when she “invested” a whole dollar to buy a “life-like” play fort, she was understandably upset when it finally arrived – in a plain manilla envelope by U.S. mail… You might be surprised […]

The Day Ernie Went Missing

There are certain days in a young family’s life that leave lasting memories. It was that kind of day in our house about 24 years ago. That was the day Ernie went missing…My post this month for Parents Magazine: http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/07/01/the-parents-perspective/posting-an-all-points-bulletin-for-sesame-streets-ernie/

A “Jackie Robinson Moment” for Dads

In all my years of writing for and reading parenting magazines, I’ve never seen THIS before! http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/06/03/the-parents-perspective/a-jackie-robinson-moment-for-dads/

A Graduation Speech for Parents

May and June are graduation months, whether your kids are leaving preschool for kindergarten, kindergarten for grade school, grade school for middle school, middle school for high school, or high school for college. I think I covered all of them… But graduations are times to congratulate the parents of the graduates, too. I hope you’ll […]

Sneak Peek at “940 Saturdays” from Random House September 2, 2014!

SNEAK PEEK! SNEAK PEEK! SNEAK PEEK! SNEAK PEEK! Here’s the first look at my follow-up to the bestselling “No Regrets Parenting”: Due out September 2, 2014 from Random House: There are 940 Saturdays between a baby’s birth and his or her 18th birthday. That is my clarion call to parents, inspiring the New York Times […]

What Are Your Kids Really Thinking?

Before they utter their first words, infants and toddlers are storing up lots to say. Our youngest surprised us with what he was really thinking on those long car rides… My post this month for Parents Magazine http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/04/01/toddlers/what-are-our-kids-really-thinking/

Spring Break at the Dump Site

March is spring break month, so I thought it timely to share my kids’ favorite spring break activity: watching Daddy empty the RV septic tank. First, a brief history. I did not grow up in a camping family. My Eastern European father and first generation American mother were grateful they put a roof over our […]

The Cure for All Bedtime Parenting Hassles

It’s finally warming up outside (unless you live in the half of the country where it’s still frigid!) which means it’s once again time for Pajama Walks. Pajama Walks, in case you haven’t memorized “No Regrets Parenting,” are the miracle cure to all bedtime parenting hassles.  Here’s my latest post for Parents Magazine: http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/03/03/toddlers/pajama-walks-before-bedtime/