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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When the in-laws come to visit for the holidays

DECEMBER 14, 2015 By Layney Wells Over the course of the year I lived in Brazil, I often felt like a permanent house guest. Muddled with the deep appreciation for Brazilian hospitality and a love affair with my new country of residence, there was a quiet longing to switch places. I wanted to be the […]

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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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When teachers don’t go above and beyond

DECEMBER 2, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Nineteen Philadelphia public schools came together for one week this fall to raise awareness around the difficult conditions students, families and teachers across the city continue to endure. Those schools decided to implement a full-out “work-to-rule” action. One hundred and sixty one other schools participated in the week to a […]

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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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Kids, guns and play

NOVEMBER 16, 2015 By Layney Wells You’ve done everything you can to keep your kids from knowing about or playing with guns. It may be inevitable, but you remain ever hopeful that you can shield them from America’s morbid fascination with guns. Then one day, as you sit around the table eating breakfast, they bite […]

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Soaring high: Capturing a fleeting moment

NOVEMBER 11, 2015 By Courtenay Harris Bond I drove back and forth to the Wynnewood Giant three times over the course of two days, piling water bottles and juice boxes, bags of pretzels, paper plates and plastic utensils, into the trunk of our minivan. I dragged our cooler from its hibernation in the garage, hosed it […]

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Co-parenting: the holiday shuffle

NOVEMBER 24, 2015 By Rachee Fagg The mad dash towards the end of the year is here, and with it, questions about holiday plans. It’s a simple question for some, but in my house, it brings up a whole bunch of feelings, including anguish and worry. The end of my marriage meant the beginning of […]

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A foodie dad battles school lunch fatigue

NOVEMBER 2, 2015 By Jeff Bogle Promises you make to yourself tend to be the easiest promises to break. So it goes with my quiet annual pledge to only fall back on the classic peanut butter and jelly on white bread once a week for my kids’ school lunches. Just about two months into school […]

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For parents, real treat is in Halloween’s simplicity

OCTOBER 29, 2015 By Lori Tharps I love Halloween. It’s not because of the candy. Well, it’s not only about the candy. As a mom, I love Halloween because it’s a holiday that requires minimum effort to “celebrate” and results in a maximum amount of joy from my kids. Allow me to elaborate. Unlike, say […]

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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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The urgent need for diverse children’s books

OCTOBER 19, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Today, in the 21st century, there continues to be lack of literature that reflects our country’s diversity. I don’t just mean racial and ethnic diversity. I’m also talking about a diversity of languages, family structures, religious perspectives, sexual orientation and identifications, social class and disabilities. There is a lot […]

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What to do when the wrong words come out of your mouth

OCTOBER 13, 2015 By Tamar Chansky I’m pretty sure that parents would all agree that name-calling is a no-no. Why? Because it’s disrespectful, judgmental, hurtful and downright not nice. Right? Right. OK that was easy. But let’s turn the tables and take a more nuanced look at name-calling. This summer, I told my daughter she […]

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When mom is sad

OCTOBER 11, 2015 By Rachee Fagg I once tried to take my own life. It’s a time in my life that seems so far away now. I was a person who only vaguely resembles the Rachee I have become. Last month, I shared my story on my blog. My biggest worry about doing so was […]

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Mind the gap: Parenting with a decade of difference

OCTOBER 7, 2015 By Lori Tharps In our house we have three cellphones, two iPads, three laptops, and an Apple TV. My four-year-old daughter knows how to use them all. How did my daughter get to be a tech wiz before she was potty trained? And why does my parenting experience with her seem so […]

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Cooking with kids on and off the autism spectrum

OCTOBER 6, 2015 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer The other morning, my 10-year-old daughter, June, announced that she no longer likes to eat apple peels and would prefer that it be removed. My first reaction: “Are you freaking kidding me?” But then I regrouped, brought her into the kitchen and gave her a two-minute lesson on peeling […]

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6 family activities in Philly this weekend

OCTOBER 2, 2015 By Jen Bradley Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend for families in Philadelphia. Saturday: La Traviata Opera on the Mall presents a big screen broadcast of Verdi’s classic La traviata on Saturday October 3, 2015. Bring a blanket and swoon under the stars to Verdi’s operatic masterpiece at the […]

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Am I a bad mom?

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 By Layney Wells I spent a lot of my pregnancy worrying about being a mom. Whether or not I would have enough love for two babies, about what would happen if I had post-partum depression or what would happen if I couldn’t care for them one day. When my twins were born, […]

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