By verta ayanna

When Her Young Daughter Starts To Doubt Her Hair (And Herself) The Author Made A Bold Beauty Statement Of Her Own

EPSON MFP image “Mommy! My friend said my hair is not soft. Mommy! My friend said my hair is not straight. Mommy! My friend said my hair is puffy.” My heart unraveled into a thousand fragile strands that day as my daughter told me what her friend had said. She was hurt. Not solely because of what her friend said but more precisely how she said [more]

Guilt Trips

By Lani Serota

Our blogger reflects on both sides–the necessity and the feelings of guilt–of taking a vacation for herself

lani featured image "Wow, I can’t believe you are leaving your kids for five days. The one time I left my girls it took everything I had in me to go.” This was said to me less than a week before a ladies’ trip to Costa Rica and, with a delay long enough for me to say: “No, it’s good for me and [more]

The Power Of “Let It Go”

By Alex Richards

One local mom witnesses the full force of the “Frozen” toddler army–and on a city bus no less

frozen-women Yesterday Trixie and I were waiting for the bus when we noticed two little girls--cute, blond sisters, about 6 and 3--singing while they waited for the bus. Guess what they were singing? Give up? Okay, I’ll tell you. They were singing "Let It Go." Y’know, from "Frozen"? I know, I know. I was surprised too. I mean, what are the odds that someone [more]

Rite Of Passage: Ear Piercing

By Karen Haberberg

One local mom–and photographer–takes her daughter to get her ears pierced and documents the experience with touching photos and a personal reflection

4 One of my first memories is that of getting my ears pierced. I must have been 4 or 5. I remember the stinging needles pierce my ears, the burning astringent, and finally the excitement of these new pieces of jewelry: My very own pair of tiny heart earrings. It was a milestone. I was finally a big girl. Now, I’m the mother [more]

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

By Alex Richards

One Potty-Mouthed Local Mom Braces Herself For Her Toddler’s First F-Bomb

Fbomb Illustration by OHARA Hale Ever since she learned to speak, I’ve wondered when my daughter would drop her first F-bomb. She’s three now, so I figured it had to be right around the corner. But when?! What if Trixie swore at school and I got one of those dreaded phone calls from her teacher? Or on the [more]

Sudden Impact

By Anna Sims

A local mother shares the cautionary story of her daughter’s two-year recovery from a concussion.

Illustration by Justin Winslow Illustration by Justin Winslow When my daughter, Shannon*, hit her head during a high school basketball game, I didn’t panic. Shannon was a junior black belt in karate and had been the starting point guard on [more]