Parenting

A Smart Mom Knows All About Quitting

I Quit. Everyone needs to learn to quit. Really, they do. Whether it’s a bad job or a bad relationship, at some point in life you need the skills and the experience to say: “I’m out of here.” Of course, the tricky issue is determining the right time for your child to throw in the...
Veggies Are Delicious

Veggies Are Delicious

Loads of things make us crazy: comb-overs on bald men, useless (often panty-less) starlets getting publicity, overpaid professional athletes, and faux-cooks/cookbook writers who give you recipes to disguise vegetables for kids. Hell no. This is just not right. Trust is elemental. No tricking them into anything. More to the point—vegetables are delicious. Discard the old...
College Admissions: The Envelope Please

College Admissions: The Envelope Please

These are the weeks when seniors in high school are hearing the good, and the bad, and the ‘we’re not sure yet’ news. Even before the letters (or e-mails) arrive, the college admissions frenzy has left both kids and parents emotionally raw. After all the testing, tutoring, campus visiting, essay writing, financial aid form processing...
Sports and the College Sweepstakes

Sports and the College Sweepstakes

Urban legends abound about how to get your children into the college of your dreams. Kids need to get straight As, play multiple sports, speak multiple languages, star in the school play, start their own social networking site, volunteer at a homeless shelter—no, solve the problem of homelessness in their town. We won’t lie: The...
Smart Mamas' Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money's Worth

Smart Mamas’ Guide to Afterschool Activities: Getting Your Money’s Worth

With the Olympics in full swing, kids everywhere are tumbling off couches, swamping local pools, running back yard races. How does a mom harness that energy in an affordable, healthy and balanced way? Just in time for back to school, our newest book (released today, YAY) offers you the sane guidance you need to navigate...
Teaching Pleasure, Individual Responsibility and the Value of a Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cone

Teaching Pleasure, Individual Responsibility and the Value of a Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cone

Whether it’s looking both ways when crossing the street or not touching their privates in public or making safe choices when it comes to drinking and drugs, it’s a parent’s job to instill in their kids the values and habits needed to make wise choices. The same is true when it comes to food and...
Smart Mama, Smart Money: Eat Your Veggies

Smart Mama, Smart Money: Eat Your Veggies

“Loads of things make us crazy: comb-overs on bald men, useless (often pantless) starlets getting publicity, overpaid professional athletes, and faux-cooks/–cookbook writers who give you recipes to disguise vegetables for kidHell, no. This is just not right. Trust is elemental. No tricking them into anything. More to the point—vegetables are delicious. Discard the old wives’...
Smart Mama, Smart Money: The Junk Food Drawer

Smart Mama, Smart Money: The Junk Food Drawer

Whether it’s looking both ways when crossing the street or not touching their privates in public or making safe choices when it comes to drinking and drugs, it’s your job to instill in your kids the values and habits needed to make wise choices. The same is true when it comes to food and healthy...
Record Your Greed

Record Your Greed

The baby registry is a onetime gift-with-baby that you should shamelessly publicize to all your friends and family. There are few opportunities in life when you get to list all the things you’d love to have and other people actually buy them for you. This is one of those moments. While each store will tempt you...

Right-Sizing for Kids: 10 Smart Mama Tips

The guest bloggers are back!  Today, we’re happy to have author Gale Steves, Right-Sizing Your Home – How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle, serve up a dose of smart-sense for every space strapped mama on a budget. Read her post and then tell us your best advice for dealing with playroom clutter. One lucky...

Have NO Tolerance for Intolerance…And, Pass it On

No Tolerance for Intolerance When I was little I remember going into stores with my mom. Wherever we went she had spirited conversations (always about food): discussing dim sum with the lady from China at the laundry, explaining how she made blintzes to the lady from Naples at the bakery. I remember her making coffee...
Child Friendly Shops?

Child Friendly Shops?

While window shopping with our daughters we saw this great sign: We love the subtle and humorous way it reminds parents to watch the kids when a store’s wares may not be child friendly. After all, the effects of a rambunctious child in a carefully crafted and neatly organized small shop are probably akin to...