Choosing your Child’s First Car

As I was thinking about my 15-year-old son getting his license, some of the first things that came to mind were the friends he might have in the car with him. I was not only concerned about his safety and his freedom, but I was also worried about how his having a license would affect other people. This worry is balanced a little bit by the fact that I did not have to be his only means of getting around, since there is only one parent to take him to school or anywhere else that he needs to go. In … Continue reading

With Cystic Fibrosis, First Illness is Scary

When my daughter was first diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) she was just a tiny, 6-day-old baby. I had all the fear in the world hanging over me regarding keeping her healthy. Even just a cold can be detrimental to a child who has a lung condition like CF. So when she got her first cold a few months ago, I was nervous. Luckily, that cold lasted about two days and she never developed a cough. The last two weeks, however, have been different. After developing a fever two weeks ago, she ended up with a very runny nose, an … Continue reading

Thinking of Switching Careers? Ask Yourself Why First!

So I just posted about a newsletter I received that talked about the idea of switching jobs after being in a field for a while, and the potential financial issues that can come about with such a change. I guess the first thing that you should really do before embarking on a career change is ask yourself why you want to make that switch. This seems like such a basic question, but I wonder how many people don’t really consider why they want to switch from what they are doing to what they think that they want to do before … Continue reading

Changing Careers? Don’t Forget to do Some Thorough Research First

I received a newsletter in my email inbox tonight that got me to thinking about changing careers. I’ve written about this before. I know a lot of people that are my age (ahem, heading toward that forty mark) who have burned out on their careers and are now interested in making some changes. At age twenty-five, this may not be such a big deal. If you’re a college graduate you probably just graduated, have not invested a ton of time on the job and have some flexibility when it comes to pay, benefits and the other necessities that at this … Continue reading

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes A Tot In A Baby Carriage

If their baby doesn’t come out tapping his or her foot then there was a definite DNA mix up. I suppose we should back up a bit. “Dancing with the Stars’” pro steppers Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska won’t be waltzing down the aisle to exchange wedding vows until next month so perhaps, I’m jumping the gun a bit on their nimble offspring-to-be. Before they shimmy and shake their tanned and fit selves at their wedding reception the couple took their love to Las Vegas for a joint bachelor and bachelorette party over the weekend. And they brought some of … Continue reading

Pet First Aid: Car Accidents

Car accidents don’t have to be fatal. You may have heard of or seen a dog or cat who walked away from a car accident, thanks no doubt to their amazing flexibility and protective layers of fur. However, just because an animal CAN walk away from an accident doesn’t mean it is uninjured. Internal injuries may take days to show up. Here’s what you should do if your pet is hit by a car: Muzzle them if they are not having trouble breathing. An injured dog or cat may bite the first person who tries to help them. You can … Continue reading

Quick Activities for Self Care

Many parents are looking forward to the start of a new school year. Keep in mind that back-to-school comes with hectic mornings, help with homework, and the enforcement of a bedtime routine (that may have lapsed over the summer). It is important for parents to take a little time for self care while the kids are at school. Here are a few simple ideas to start with. The Living Self-Care website says that moms and dads that take care of themselves first will have more to offer to their children (and to the rest of the world). Self-care doesn’t have … Continue reading

Creating First Day of School Memories

In less than two weeks, my three children head back to school. This year is the first year that my youngest will be in school all day away from home. The moment he gets on the bus will be bittersweet, of course, but I’ll be sure to document it well with photographs of his beaming face as he embraces what it means to be a big boy. One tradition that I started when my first-born went off on the bus for the first time was to take a short video of him, standing by a certain rock in the yard … Continue reading

Maternity Care in the U.S.

The recent birth of the royal prince cost $15,000.  That sounds like a lot, right?  It is, but it’s only half the cost of a birth in America.  That’s right: the average price of a birth — in a normal hospital, not a luxury wing — in the U.S. is $30,000.  That makes us, according to an in-depth article by The New York Times, the nation that pays the most for maternity care.  Yet, we also have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world.  It seems like these two things should counter one another, but in … Continue reading

Medication and the First Trimester

At the beginning of the week I cautioned against going off medication when you get pregnant.  Now I want to write a follow-up, because it actually is important to know any potential dangers with medicine and the first trimester. As a rule I’ve avoided reading lists of dangers, side effects, and rare pregnancy and birth problems.  They’ll just cause me unnecessary stress, and since pregnant women usually see their doctors at least once a month, I trust mine to keep me informed about anything that will actually/is actually affecting me.  But it is important to know that the first trimester … Continue reading