Making our escape

JULY 20, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond My mood was almost festive – we would have no childcare responsibilities for the next three days and be alone together for the first time in two years. On a recent Friday, I was one of the first to push my cart into the Wynnewood Giant when the […]

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Summer survival: Stop the kids from fighting over nothing

JULY 13, 2016 By Tamar Chansky We love summer! No homework, no packed lunches, nowhere to go. Nowhere to go? Yes, because apparently your kids have nowhere they need to be except in each other’s hair and under each other’s skin. Welcome to the other side of summer: Bored, responsibility-deficient kids, hunkered down at home […]

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8 ways to stop scorekeeping in your relationship

JUNE 29, 2016 By Tamar Chansky None of us want to admit to being a scorekeeper in our relationships. Behaving that way would mean that we are petty, small-minded, immature, or self-centered, not to mention grudging or stingy — all the attributes that grate on the very soul of our more evolved, generous, gracious, gratitude-trained […]

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10 cheap summer dates in Philly

JUNE 23, 2016 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer You’ve made it! You’ve cleared your calendar and the sitter’s arrived. For most parents, getting out of the house together is no small accomplishment. You want to enjoy your time together and not stress about the money you’re spending for the sitter—and dinner, movie tickets, etc. Date nights become […]

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Accepting my body through my kids’ eyes

JUNE 15, 2016 By Layney Wells Sometime within the last year or so both my boys have told me in the most matter of fact of ways that they wished their bellies weren’t so curved. They wanted instead, to look like the pictures they see of superheroes. They wanted big muscles. The beginning of my […]

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Learning to let my kids make a mess

MAY 10, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond I am up at 3 a.m., looking at our rain-slick deck and wondering why I cannot sleep, a fairly frequent occurrence in my middle age when worries often chase me through the early morning hours. As I listen to the hush of my husband and three children peacefully […]

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3 takes on Barbie’s new look

JANUARY 29, 2016 By Jeff Bogle, Jen Bradley and Rachee Fagg After a major announcement from toymaker Mattel this week, Barbie dolls will now come in three new shapes and sizes — curvy, petite and tall — as well as seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. It’s a change that comes nearly […]

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What’s a mom by any other name?

JANUARY 1, 2016 By Lori Tharps It all started with that three-year old kid from the YouTube video. The one who kept telling Linda to “listen” while he was asking for cupcakes. It wasn’t until after little Mateo had his 15 minutes of fame and made it on to The Ellen Show that I realized […]

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To travel or not to travel for youth sports?

DECEMBER 29, 2015 By Jen Bradley To enter the world of travel youth sports or not? That was the question. And for 15 years, I had a simple answer: Heck no. I have many friends with talented kids who have always done travel sports. I saw the sacrifices they made … missing birthday parties, dinner […]

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In the depths of consumerism, I got a holiday lesson from my son

DECEMBER 23, 2015 By Courtenay Harris Bond Seized by a fit of holiday consumerism last Saturday, I made a trip to the Ardmore City Sports, whose liquidation signs had been inspiring persistent questions from my 8-year-old son. “Why is City Sports closing?” “Maybe they’re bankrupt?” “What’s bankrupt?” “When you have too many creditors.” “What’re creditors?” […]

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Are parents forcing Star Wars nostalgia on their kids?

DECEMBER 18, 2015 By Jeff Bogle Many kids today are getting a heavy dose of exactly what their parents loved during their own childhood. Everything old is being made new again by Hollywood. And by the toy business, which is happily cashing in on the fanatical nostalgia of middle-aged consumers. In no place is this […]

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Encouraging generosity in our kids

DECEMBER 8, 2015 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer   The morning after our extended-family Hanukkah party last year, I freaked out. It may have been the haze of post-latke consumption, but I looked around our living room at the shreds of wrapping paper left on the floor and the piles of big gifts for my children and […]

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How kissing can save your marriage, every day

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 By Tamar Chansky Whenever my dad came home from work and kissed my mother hello, I would always announce “They’re getting married again!” Everyone would laugh. I laughed too, even though I didn’t get the joke. Growing up in the era of “The Brady Bunch” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” I’d […]

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One mom’s struggle with school anxiety

OCTOBER 26, 2015 By Layney Wells The past The summer before I started kindergarten, I was thrilled. I had a sense that school was going to be a smashing success for me, that I was going to be the happiest I’d ever been. I never could have known how wrong I was. I won’t contest […]

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