Anti-Bullying Coalition Brings United Nations Association to San Diego Comic-Con

Anti-Bullying Coalition Brings United Nations Association to San Diego Comic-Con
Press Release: Anti-Bullying Coalition Brings United Nations Association to San Diego Comic-Con San Diego, CA, July 28, 2014 – In a ground-breaking event, Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition brought the United Nations Association to San Diego Comic-Con, the first-ever pop culture panel event for the global organization. “We all love superheroes — so why not be... Read more »

Unaccompanied Minor: A Family Journey

Unaccompanied Minor: A Family Journey
The plan was to drive K to camp.  It takes about 12 hours to get there, but we were going to make a road trip out of it, as we had done the past couple years.  First we would stop in Wisconsin for our annual visit with the Pigtail Pals family.   Then we would stop... Read more »

San Diego Comic Con: How to Combat Stereotypes and Bullying in Pop Culture

San Diego Comic Con: How to Combat Stereotypes and Bullying in Pop Culture
If you are going to be attending San Diego Comic Con this weekend, be sure to stop by our panel on bullying in pop culture.  We will be discussing how content creators can create dynamic stories while challenging the negative stereotypes that are an integral part of pop culture.  The questions will push the envelope... Read more »
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Her Next Chapter Is About To Start

Her Next Chapter Is About To Start
For over ten years now, my top go-to strategy when one of my kids has been grumpy is to grab a book, pull the unhappy child onto the couch, and read a story.  The act of reading soothes me; listening to the words eventually settles my out-of-sorts child. I specifically choose books that include a... Read more »

Toddler Wedding Toast Goes Viral -- Hey, It's Cleo

So my phone has been buzzing all day because people keep seeing Cleo on national news.  What the what?  My sister said, “Just google ‘Toddler wedding toast’ and check out that fuzzy hair.” Yep, there she is giving her epic under-a-minute wedding toast to Aunt Lindsey and Uncle Bobby.  It covers everything in the life... Read more »

On Being a Stepmom: Guest Post by Tania Richard

I love to hear perspectives on parenting that are different from my own.  I’ve never been a stepmom, and I realized that I’ve never shared an essay about step-parenting here.  The following is a guest post. By Tania Richard: I am a proud stepmother, wife, and mother in a family of six. My stepkids are... Read more »
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Adoption Boundaries, featuring adoption author Lori Lavender Luz

Adoption Boundaries, featuring adoption author Lori Lavender Luz
Open adoption is a concept that is different for different families.  One reason that some people fear open adoption is the lack of clearly determined boundaries.  What does open mean?  Is it exchanging photos once a year?  Monthly phone calls? Daily texts? Annual visits?  It can mean any or all of none of these.  Adoption... Read more »

Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness

Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness
Several days ago, I read, reread and then read again the New York Times article Thinking of Ways to Harm Her, the first of a two-part series about women and maternal mental illness, with a focus on postpartum depression. In this excellent article, which explores both antenatal and postpartum depression, Pam Belluck reports: A complex interplay of... Read more »

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl
Allison used to love to go to school.  But two years ago, when her big sister moved on from elementary school to junior high, Allison found herself alone when she became the target of relentless bullying. Allison is eleven years old.  She loves Spiderman and Star Wars.  The other kids mock her for carrying a... Read more »
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Dear Dad Who Was Waiting In Line At Panera

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting In Line At Panera
Dear Dad Who Was Waiting in Line at Panera, It was pretty crazy in Panera at lunchtime yesterday.  A ballet recital had just ended at the theater across the street, and a crush of unexpected people descended on Panera.  The people who worked there were running way behind on just about every order.  It was... Read more »