Best Apps for Making Parents’ Lives Easier (and Chime Sittercity Discount!)

This morning I had the pleasure of joining the team of Great Day Washington to talk about those apps that can make a parents' life a little easier. Show host Markette Sheppard is a fellow mom and she had her own app to add to my list.Watch the Apps for Making Parent Life Easier segment and then read on for links to the apps and more essential information, as well as a how to get $50 off your Chime sitter!Cozi Family OrganizerWe use the free version of the Cozi app to keep our Read more...

Wills and Trusts for DC, MD and VA Families

When our first child was a baby, Chris and I met with an attorney to draft a will. Although this was a new parent task we did not look forward to with the same zeal as others, the result is a living trust that grows with our family and assets, and is something we now do not have to think about. That peace of mind is priceless.Seth Price, the managing partner of Price Benowitz LLP (and a local father of three beautiful kids and a lovely wife whom I have had the pleasure of meeting) contacted Read more...

How to Find a Pediatrician in the DC Area with Children’s National

The number one question I receive via reader e-mails is "How do I find a preschool/daycare?"And the second-most received request I get: "Help me find a pediatrician!" These are crucial decisions we as parents make for our kids. And even as someone who spends a ton of time on the Internet, I still find myself confounded when searching for new health care providers.I know that when I was searching for my first pediatrician when expecting Charlie in 2003, I was most concerned with where Read more...

Mommy Nearest DC Launches

Mommy Nearest, a fabulous mobile app and website for parents in major cities, has just launched its DC site, and I am honored to serve as one of the DC-based contributors.On Mommy Nearest you can find local dining, kids activities, healthcare resources, shopping and more essentials that make parenting easier. You can read reviews from real parents and add your own.You can also enjoy the feature articles by writers like me. In pieces like 10 Ways You Know You Have DC Kids, Must-Try Read more...

PEP No-Drama Discipline Parent Talks

Each year, the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) invites national experts to come to the Washington community and speak to parents. On November 13th and 14th, 2014, PEP will host Tine Payne Bryson, Ph.D., to speak about parenting and her new book, No-Drama Discipline. Using humor and compassion and focusing on situations parents face every day, Dr. Payne Bryson will demonstrate how discipline with empathy works to teach children of all ages how to behave. Dr. Payne Bryson is a pediatric psychotherapist, Read more...

DC Personal Trainer Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness.com

Washington, DC-area personal trainer Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness provides group fitness programs When I learned from friends that Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness.com was offering a morning boot camp workout for women in my Silver Spring neighborhood, how could I say no? I read his bio and was intrigued.My fitness level and weight loss had plateaued. I was doing the same sort-of frequent easy workouts (the elliptical, yoga classes, the odd group weight training class or slow, short run.) My Read more...

Summer Offerings: Find a Sitter and Cool Camps

I know it is tough to think about summer with yards still covered in snow, but our schedules (and sanity!) this summer depend on finding great care and camps for our kids. Here are four fabulous summer resources I recommend. FORCE - The 1,000,000 High School Student Jobs Project My favorite local entrepreneur Andrew Ross has launched an awesome concept: a job board targeted to helping high school kids find jobs (and us parents locate great teens for assistance.) Jobs can be paid or volunteer, Read more...

All Joy and No Fun Review in the Washington Independent Review of Books

I was honored to be asked to review an interesting new parenting book for the Washington Independent Review of Books.All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is written by Jennifer Senior, a contributing editor at New York Magazine. Unlike traditional parenting tomes that focus on how parents affect children's development, this book turns the equation upside down and explores how children change the adults in the family.Insights I found most remarkable:Most adults Read more...

UrbanSitter for Great DC-Area Childcare Help {sponsored}

Yes, you need a babysitter. And yes, you can find an awesome one on the Internet. I used UrbanSitter and the experience was great. When I had my first child in 2003, I knew few other parents. My family lived in California. None of my close friends had children yet and most of them lived in other states. I did not have many options for childcare help. It was really, really tough.Fast forward ten years to three kids and a phone packed with babysitters and parent friends whom I can ask for their Read more...