How Superman Pajamas Are a Metaphor for Adoption

How Superman Pajamas Are a Metaphor for Adoption
My dearest K, Last night, as an early birthday present, Daddy gave you a new pair of Superman pajamas. You already had a Captain American nightgown that I bought for you at San Diego Comic-Con, and of course you have your beloved Star Wars jammies, but the rest of the family has accumulated Superman jammies... Read more »

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool
Dearest Cleo, Today you visited your “new” preschool classroom.  I say “new” with a smile, because you have already been a student at Total Child for the previous two years. And before that, you were a baby who came to this school every day to drop off and pick up your big sister Annie Rose... Read more »

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con
Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped to Chat With Me At San Diego Comic-Con, You were strolling through the Autograph Area, looking to see if there were any tables you wanted to visit.  You stopped and read the banner above my table.  You walked over to me, smiling.  I thought you might be a teacher looking... Read more »
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What Happened When I Went Offline

What Happened When I Went Offline
I went offline for much of the first two weeks of August, aided by a weeklong trip to Italy where we chose not to purchase a data program for my iPhone.  There was the occasional check-in with email, and several times, I shared pictures or an update with my blog’s Facebook page.  But the truth... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »