Working Mom Jargon 101

juggling everything

By: Shannon Ralph As a working mom, I often find myself torn between two very different cultures—the corporate culture and the mommy culture. I am a participant in both, but I don’t really seem to entirely fit in with either. When I am at work, I find myself feeling out of touch with my childless […]

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Poor Body Image – It’s Not Just for Girls Anymore!

Poor body image- Girls and Boys

By: Shannon Ralph From the moment my daughter was born, I was prepared. I knew how I wanted her to feel about her body and I armed myself with all the resources needed to counteract the hostile views of the female body we are bombarded with on a daily basis. I read numerous articles about […]

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My Grown-Up Lettter to Santa

grown-up letter to Santa

By: Shannon Ralph Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! It’s been a while. I think the last time I wrote to you was when I was 11 years old. That was the year my dad died and the year before I pestered my mother so much about your existence that she finally yelled at me in a […]

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The Parenting Perils of Picky Eaters

picky eaters

By: Shannon Ralph I come from a long line of eaters. Hearty eaters. Robust eaters. A fair share of overeaters, even. I have inherited from my family a healthy appreciation of eating in all its forms. Food comforts. Food celebrates. Food unites. Be it your grandma’s cornbread or your auntie’s baked spaghetti or your cousin’s […]

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Thankful for the Chaos of Parenthood

chaos with kids

By: Shannon Ralph As I am writing this, chaos is reigning supreme in my house. My eight-year-old twins are playing some full-body-contact version of ring-around-the-rosie where every round ends in shrieking and a veritable mountain of skinny arms and legs piled up on the living room rug. My eleven-year-old son is reclined on the couch […]

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35 0f the Best Kids’ Holiday Gifts on Etsy $25 and Under

Tooth Fairy Pillow

By: Shannon Ralph It’s that time of the year again. Halloween is officially over. Hence, the Christmas season is upon us. We all know—thanks to Target and Gap and any of the other numerous retailers that are already playing holiday commercials on my television—that the Christmas season officially kicks off at 12:01 A.M. on November […]

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50 Great (Non-Animated!) Movies to Watch with Your Tween

Top 50 movies for kids

By: Shannon Ralph It’s getting to be that time of the year. The days are shorter. The nights are longer. Soon it will be too cold to go outside and play. Too cold to leave the house. Then the whining will begin. “I’m bored.” “I have nothing to do.” “This place is soooooo bo-ring.” Then […]

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10 Lessons I Want My Son to Learn Before He Becomes a Teenager

Things I want my son to learn

By: Shannon Ralph I have an amazing eleven year old son. He is smart. He makes me laugh every day. He is kind and he is generous. And despite my nightly pleading to the universe to please—for the love of God—slow down time, my son is becoming a man before my very eyes. He is […]

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Emma Watson’s Speech Pissed Me Off, and Here is Why

Emma Watson speech

By: Shannon Ralph I love Emma Watson. I truly adore her as much as I am capable of adoring a person that I have never met. It may seem odd for a 42-year-old lesbian mom to be a rabid fan of a 24-year-old “Harry Potter girl” (as she described herself in her recent impassioned speech […]

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