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The Fundamental Reason Why Anna Should Dump Josh Duggar

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

This past weekend, the Duggars’ pastor, Ronnie Floyd, preached a sermon about Josh. Go figure. In it the pastor, who previously defended the eldest Duggar’s molestation of his sisters with the statement, “things like [the scandal] have happened before and will happen again,” explained that Josh’s infidelities via the Ashley Madison website were the result […]

Can an App Foster Altruism in the Local Community?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Two Israeli app creators have claimed to develop the solution to the growing disillusionment with the false pretenses of social media: Angels Nearby. According to the Times of Israel: Among the tools Angels Nearby employs is a search engine that connects people based on the type of help needed (lifts, loans, housing or feeding newcomers […]

Parents, Here’s Your Horrifying Infographic of the Day

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to State of Digital, the Internet is dumbing-down our kids:  At the age of just five, more than 50% of American children habitually use a computer or tablet device, while 95% of those aged 12 to 17 years regularly access the internet, spending more time online than their parents or teachers. 80% of American […]

A Doctor Who Advises Parents to Trust…Their Intuition?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In an interview promoting his new book The Intuitive Parent, Dr. Stephen Camarata balks at “…the marketing frenzy aimed at ensuring educational success, the neuroscience of learning and the heightened anxiety that has made parenting today a competitive sport.” Quite frankly, it’s a refreshing read coming from the world of academia. Camarata, a father of 7, […]

We Can’t Have Kids Because Global Warming and Other Paranoias

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

As a Gen-X/Millennial crossover, I have a number of friends who claim they don’t want children of their own. None of them can give a solid reason why. Most of them express fear of puking while pregnant or screwing their kid up for life as if they’re living in a television-reality of their own making. […]

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting a Spa

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

In a gentler age, the very rich would retreat yearly to a special area for refreshment from their arduous lives. One city that they fled to was the town of Spa in Belgium, from which our modern word spa has been taken. Historically, spas, or similar places, like public steam baths, hot springs, and even massages, are […]

An Open Letter to Pretty Much Everybody About the Marriage Debate

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Dear America (and any of my international friends who may be reading this): Since Friday, I’ve seen many opinions on the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage everywhere in the nation. From the viewpoint of social media, people have never been so divided over any single issue. In the light of these […]

20 Tricks to Help You Beat the Blues

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

How many of us, at one time or another, have felt a little down? Perhaps you’ve been passed over for a promotion, or worse, been part of your company’s downsizing program. Or perhaps a breakup, a lost election, or simply some of life’s daily difficulties have made you feel a bit melancholy. There are a […]

Is 40 Too Old To Be a First-Time Mom?

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

At my age, when friends announce that they are pregnant with twins, my surprise has been replaced the reaction, “Oh, they did IVF.” #40 — Miss JMV (@MonsoonPuma) June 15, 2015 I can’t think of one friend who willingly had kids in their twenties. They say the average age of a first-time mom is 26. […]

Are They Kids or Employees? Are We Parents, or Just the Boss?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Consequence Chart for Moms and Kids via @BusyMomsHelper #Parenting http://t.co/UYnfAwINI6 pic.twitter.com/1cfE4oLMUL — 5minutesformom (@5minutesformom) June 13, 2015 The other day I came across a “Consequence Chart” when surfing parenting Tweets. It’s a simple list detailing consequences for various actions taken and it’s meant to hang in a common area of the home as a contractual […]

9 Ways Your Marriage Changes When a Baby Is on the Way

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Everything about our life together changed the minute we learned we were pregnant. The obvious changes were welcome ones. Loads of much-needed gifts, the rearranging of rooms, the changing of jobs so I could be the work-from-home mom I always wanted to be. Those weren’t the issue. It was all the seemingly mundane unexpected changes […]

Anatomy of a Knock-Knock Joke, or How to Raise Funny Kids Without Even Trying

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Knock knock. Who’s there. Mr. Piggy Pants. Great. Mr. Piggy Pants who. Mr. Piggy Pants went to … the funniest place … and everyone came with him. Haaa. Mmm. Uhuh. Quick, change the sub— Knock knock. I said knock knock. OOOOkay, let me explain something. Here is how knock-knock jokes work…. That’s a cross-section of […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth – Part 2

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Part 1: Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and a confirmation 10 days later with a polite, “See you in nine months.” Today we’re slammed with monthly, bi-monthly and eventually weekly doctor or midwife appointments, several rounds of bloodwork and ultrasounds, and let’s not forget the bevy of paranoia-inducing […]

Live Like an Immortal

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” That’s what the Apostle Paul suggested we should say if there is no resurrection. If our lives truly flame out after a few short years on Earth, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy the time we have. To this day, the world echoes that sentiment. We […]

The Spaghetti Mess Inside a Woman’s Head

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Tricia Lott Williford

I’m sitting in McDonald’s this morning, sharing Cinnamelts with my nine-year-old son. He should be at day camp, as that was most assuredly the plan, except that two days ago he broke four bones in his foot. He fell from a swing set, and he cracked a jagged line across the bones of his instep. […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth — Part 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My own pregnancy roller coaster went a little bit like this: The test is positive! Hooray, we’re pregnant! Can’t we get this kid delivered overnight?! Oh. My. God, we have so much to do! And less than 9 months to do it in!  Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and […]

28 Things You Can Do to Raise Sane Kids in an Insane World

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

“I’m the new normal,” cooed Caitlyn, with a serious, authoritative look. The long-haired, attractive celebrity model said this while being interviewed on CNN. This celebrity has been the topic of many articles and has graced the cover of many magazines — including the most recent edition of Vanity Fair, where the curvy Caitlyn posed in a […]

Introverts Are Not Necessarily Shy

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

I recently stumbled across this article on the differences between shyness and introversion, a subject in which I, an introvert, have always been interested. It confirmed several points I had read before, as well as experienced in my own life: Shyness and introversion are two types of personality characteristics that are very often written off […]

How This Bad Parenting Technique Can Turn Kids into Alcoholics

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Parents today have a bevy of scientifically proven parenting methods to choose from when it comes to raising their children. Magazines don’t just talk about putting them to bed on time or making sure they eat their vegetables. Now, it’s all about how you do it that matters. Are you going to attach and hug […]

Comedy Gurus Turn American Morals into a Big, Fat Joke

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A Gallup poll released this week indicates that Americans are making the great exodus towards secularism on a number of key social issues including gay “relations,” sex and children outside of marriage, and divorce. Shortly after the stats were released, Megan Garber proffered insightful commentary at The Atlantic as to why comedians are the reigning […]

Inside the Dark and Scary World of Mommy Tech

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

“I don’t know how your father and I managed to raise perfectly healthy children without all this stuff.” That was my mother’s reaction to Buy Buy Baby, the suburban megastore modeled after its sister location, Bed Bath & Beyond. We got a kick out of the baby monitors that allow you to speak to your child […]

Survey Says: Want to Be Happy? Have Kids! Less Stressed? Stay at Home with Them!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Yahoo Parenting and Care.com partnered on a survey of couples with and without children to determine who was happier. The non-kid couples proved happier by a 10% margin. That margin shifted drastically, however, when the couples were asked what they thought would make them even happier: 54% of those supposedly already happier couples agreed that […]

5 Spiritual Lessons I Learned From My Pregnancy

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Whether this is your first time out or you’ve already been around the bend, take a moment to congratulate yourself, Ms. Mom. You are a miracle maker. You, hovering over the toilet in the midst of all-day sickness, are in the midst of accomplishing what no one else on this earth but you can do. […]

Will the 21st Century Reunite Church and State?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Before, organized, uniformed and relatively disciplined and conventional Arab armies fought under their national flag. Today the armies have been replaced by terrorist gangsters and black-cloaked jihadists. Conventional war has been replaced by terrorist attacks. Battles fought between tanks and infantry in remote deserts have been replaced by battles fought in densely populated civilian areas and behind the protection of human […]