The New Star Wars: Worth the Wait?

I was treated to a preview showing (care of Charles Schwab) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams' BadRobot Productions and will share here my impressions and whether it is okay for kids.  First, it is important to note that it fully earns its PG-13 rating, and this is based on violence alone.  No sex, no nudity, no foul language. We do see blood a … [Read more...]

Family Concierge: A dream come true?

I wasn’t at all sure what “Family Concierge” meant when I first found out about Allison Woodson’s new service to help families; wasn’t a concierge the guy at the hotel who recommended restaurants? Well, it turns out that Allison can do that, too (to your exact specifications, no less), but finding you the perfect restaurant is just the tip of the iceberg. Concierge means, … [Read more...]

Seven Good Things about Autism (in honor of Autism Awareness Month)

“There is a place for Autism in our world, a valid, worthwhile, important place. We need to see the beneficial aspect of the differences and see that these children and adults deserve an equal amount of respect.” - Barbara Sher, Certified Occupational Therapist Meet Barbara Sher, aka “The Games Lady” and author of 10 books on childhood development, whose professional focus … [Read more...]

Simon Says: Nursing shouldn’t be painful- follow these 4 rules to have a successful nursing experience

Nursing your newborn should be "natural" (=easy), right?  Not for the majority of mothers because, like most life skills, instruction and/or practice is necessary.  Consider a baby learning to talk or walk; as natural as it is, there is a steep learning curve that takes time and is made easier with support and encouragement.  However with feeding a newborn, there is an urgency … [Read more...]

March is Craft Month- Simon Says: Finish that Neglected Project or Move On

I love crafts, especially doing them with our son. In fact, I’m such a sucker for it that he tried out this tactic to delay bedtime the other night: “But Mama, I’m really in the mood to knit with you right now…” (and it almost worked). The thing about crafts is that they, like everything, demand time. So if you are a craft-loving, busy parent like me, you have loads of … [Read more...]