Summer Ideas for Free Fun: Guest on WTOP’s Every Day is Kids’ Day Podcast

I had the pleasure of joining the Every Day is Kids' Day podcast, hosted by WTOP's Rachel Nania. As two working moms who strive to be engaged and make memories with our kids, we both had a lot of fun with the subject matter, and we brainstormed and researched some ideas for YOU.From library summer programs to how to find a new park to the best ways to let the kids splash in their suits without worry, we covered a slew of options in the DC area for summer excitement you can find right in your Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring on Parentables: 10 Family Summer Vacation Horrors

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew and I are currently at the beach on a much-anticipated "get away from it all" vacation.However, I did pop in at TLC's Parentables where I am a contributor to write about those real-life horrors that can befall a family when away from home in summer. Please check it out! 10 Family Summer Vacation Horrors While the rest of the nation is shivering in fear thanks to Shark Week, here are the real-life reasons why mothers are afraid to go near the water while on Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring on TLC’s Parentables – Updated

TLC has started a website for parents called Parentables, which features interesting and entertaining articles and blog posts for parents, and I'm a contributor. My first post is a humor piece about the random, weird, crazy stuff that happens late in the game to pregnant women...please check it out! I'd love your support as I blog at this new place almost as much as I'd love to go into labor TODAY!My second piece is a sarcastic satire, How NOT to Make New Mom Friends. I for one need to brush Read more...

How to Find a Moms Group

Today my latest Mom of  a Million Mistakes weekly column is up over on Wheaton Patch, and this week I'm remembering how disgustingly awkward I was at meeting fellow moms as a first-timer back in 2003 when my oldest was born: Find a Moms Group, Find Your Tribe I've also listed some fabulous moms' groups and parenting groups that do a wonderful job at helping parents connect, including Mocha Moms, MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support), Montgomery County Parents of Multiples and My Asian Kid, Read more...

Birthday Parties for Your Kids Every Year?

I'm over on Wheaton Patch today talking about our new house policy to only host birthday parties for the kids' friends every other year, and why this fills me me with both relief and guilt.I've also listed some great places to host your kid's b-day party this year, oh you GOOD parental units who are going to make your kids' eyes sparkle with glee, whilst mine cry into their pillows.Come have a read!Kid Birthday Party Ground RulesAnd the latest Moms Talk topic is on child spacing.  Read more...

How to Survive Preschool (as a parent)

My Mom of a Million Mistakes column is up over on Wheaton Patch, and today I've listed a run-down of things I wish veteran preschool parents had told me when my oldest started his first preschool program as a three-year-old.(You know, since I'm such a big expert now that I've had one child or another in preschool for a whole four years.)And since the preschool open house and application season is in full swing, the Wheaton Patch Moms Council is also hosting a discussion about what parents Read more...

Alka-Seltzer Said/Heard Mishaps Contest on Facebook

This week's episode of House, if you also have recurring dreams featuring Hugh Laurie/Gregory House, M.D. are a fan of the show, showcased the brilliant diagnostician solving the case when he realized the patient couldn't understand sarcasm. And that little clue of course showed him in 2 seconds exactly how the patient's earlier hip replacement was poisoning her (?), after nearly one hour of banter with the team, his cleavage-y hospital administrator girlfriend and various subplots and Kindle commercials.I'm Read more...

Weight Gain During Pregnancy, Rain, Taxes (It’s Inevitable)

I'm baaack on Wheaton Patch today making light of the fact that while I'm gaining weight like a sumo wrestler, and in between my six mini-meals a day, I'm planning an ambitious workout program this summer after baby arrives.I'll be on maternity leave, the older two kids will be out of school, so all I'll have to do is nurse my baby and then work out all the time!  Right? I'll be ripped and back in my tight white jeans in no time!(Go ahead and crack yourself up. I"ll wait.)So if you'd Read more...

Mom of a Million Mistakes – New parenting column by A Parent in Silver Spring on Patch

Have you guys been reading the local Patch sites? They're a great way to get hyper-local news, perspectives, events and more.I've signed on to serve as a parenting columnist for Wheaton Patch and my column, Mom of a Million Mistakes, will appear each week. The column is a combination of my first-person parenting muddles, mistakes and musings and a topical round-up of local resources for families.My first piece is up today, "Confession: I'm a Basketball Mom." Look at the end of the piece for Read more...