A few months ago I did something totally crazy—I created a human! A tiny, beautiful, miraculous human. Well, I guess I had a little help from my husband, but I did most of the heavy lifting (pun…intended). And while, amazingly, I am not the first and only person to accomplish this ridiculously incredible feat, I know I will not be the last. So I thought I’d share what I learned throughout my pregnancy—things I wish I’d known before starting out on this crazy journey. 1. People will say the weirdest stuff… >> Read More
Bullying can leave real scars that last for years--and sometimes, they never truly go away. Now with the internet and smart phones and new social media apps, like Snapchat and Twitter, online…bullying makes it even more complicated, pervasive, and harder to eradicate. One 13-year-old boy from Ireland is trying to change this and create a dialogue around anti-bullying. Luke Culhane is a triple threat: He produced, edited, and starred in the nearly three minute film. The film shows him receiving verbal insults on social media sites. After each… >> Read More
When my two youngest children decided they were ready to embrace the internet experience like their older siblings and friends, I panicked. Even a 53-year-old seasoned parent like me gets panicky…sometimes. So I said no, which was of course totally thoughtless and unoriginal, especially to a 12-year-old. But I said it to buy time. Recently, my daughter’s classmate came to school with an announcement. She was getting an iPhone because she had proven she was old enough to handle it. “My dad said if I… >> Read More
Noah Ritter was having the best day of his life--that is, until it rapidly spiraled into his worse nightmare. The 5-year-old, who is crashing with Grandpa Jack in Wilkes Barre, PA for the summer,…became an overnight internet sensation when he reviewed rides for a local TV station at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania and hijacked the interview with his adorable overuse of the word "apparently." But by the next morning, throngs of TV reporters--vultures, really--had descended on Grandpa Jack's lawn. Everyone wanted a piece of #ApparentlyKid, who… >> Read More
Growing up, my biggest fear was that my parents would embarrass me.
This fear wasn't completely unfounded:
My mom was known to waltz down the produce aisle at Trader Joe’s like the leading lady…in a 1950’s musical, sometimes singing in Tagolog, which she learned while serving in the Peace Corps. And my dad was worse: When he would "bring it," (his words, not mine, people) on the basketball court at Mar Vista Park, he would insist on playing "skins." Even when no one else was going shirtless. Bellowing… >> Read More