Moms Are Talking About Right Now


Can anyone explain the lettuce recall?

E. B. asks from Aiea

So apparently, the Centers For Disease Control is advising that no one consume any Romaine lettuce at all. What I don't understand: what's different about Romaine? Why not green or red leaf lettuce, or iceberg? Is it something biologic in Romaine, or is all Romai...


6th grader, Birthday dilemma, not inviting a friend

S. J. asks from Des Moines

My younger dd had a slumber party for her birthday a few months back. She did not invite one of her good friend who goes to a different school now (and because of that they don't see each other as much anymore). The main reason she did not invite her is because she gets...


Moving to a bigger house - cleaning question

A. S. asks from San Mateo

I’ve been posting about our move from CA to VA this coming June 2019. We are super excited and have been big plans to purchase a newer/bigger home when we get there. We currently live in in a 1300 sq. Ft. House in the Bay Area, 3 bdrms, 2 ba. So it’s small. We pay $1...


Have you used a non-phone GPS tracker?

M. D. asks from Pittsburgh

Fanged's question reminded me of one that I have. I've been searching for a tracker for an elderly family member who likes to take a daily walk. She has Alzheimer's. She hasn't gotten lost yet, but we are worried. At the same time, we don't want to limit her walking ...


Can you recommend a good phone tracking app?

f. b. asks from Kew Gardens

Looking for something where I can locate a phone in real time. Hubs and I want this for the four of us. So we can track a kid say moving through a carnival, or walking though the woods. Any good apps? The more precise the app the better


Has any "regular lay person" successfully used a waiver?

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

I am in the process of rolling over an IRA to my work retirement since our work recently started offering that. One of the attorneys is also the Plan Administrator for our office. I self-drew the funds 58 days ago, rather than doing a direct roll-over (we had our reaso...


Should I question my son?

J. N. asks from Lubbock

I invited our son and daughter-in-law over for dinner while my husband was working. We had a nice time and our son said that we should do it every week. I thought it was a great idea. We get busy and go months without seeing each other even though we live in the same...


Can’t believe parents do this at birthday parties.

M. C. asks from Lombard

I just picked up my daughter who is in 5th grade from a party. I saw tears in her eyes on our way home and she told me all the other girls (6) were invited to sleep over. I was wondering why none of the other parents were coming to pick-up when I was there. I was confus...


I Was Lost in the Laundry. Did Anyone Even Notice I Was Gone?

I was watching a daily news program during my morning 15 Minutes of Silence.

If you mamas out there don’t practice this habit, trust me, you need this. Start your day, before the kiddos wake up and the chaos ensues, with at least 15 minutes of only you, your fav coffee mug and whatever you fancy: Candy Crush, The Today Show, Facebook, planner planning, bible journaling, staring off into space, dreaming of going back to bed in 15 hours. Whatevs. You choose. And because wine is frowned upon in the mornings, this really is the next best thing. It is so good for the soul and for your AM ‘mom mood’…. More


Unsubscribing from the Culture of Busyness

by Leslie J. Davis

Sometimes I feel guilty when people complain about how busy they are, like we’re getting away with something scandalous. Maybe we are…? When it comes to being busy, our family is definitely not keeping up with the Joneses. Our lives are full, and at times, very full, but we typically aren’t “too busy.” What I mean by this is that we make a conscious effort not to overextend ourselves with commitments. We don’t subscribe to the belief system that being busy is good. That being busy is necessary. That being busy defines us…. More


9/11 Memorial

by Karen E. Rosenberg

My heart ached. I sucked in my breath. My eyes filled with tears.

I did not expect to have this reaction to the 9/11 Memorial.

I expected to see a nice monument with the names of those that lost their lives in the towers and on the planes. What I got was so much more. No picture, no articles, no first-hand accounts had prepared me…. More


Does anyone have experience with a spinal tap?

D. N. asks from Chicago

My daughter got a spinal tap last month--almost exactly a month ago. She was diagnosed with viral meningitis. She is still recovering with her immune system being a bit weaker. However, she is still having a lot of pain where they did the tap. Has anyone had one? Ho...


keeping distance when a child might want not too

J. g. asks from Chicago

As some of you have older kids, I'm hoping someone has a polite way to not let a child play with another child. We are going camping with a large group of people, and there is one girl that my 5 year old use to play with. We no longer have a connection to the family ...


cat sitting issue

J. g. asks from Chicago

We are going away and I had arranged for in-home pet care for the cat, dog and fish. Our home was vacant for a significant amount of time, and greatly neglected, and it's in the woods. We have been slowly working to keep the mice out, but for every hole we fill, another ...


How to call testicles and how to explain what they are for?

E. G. asks from Chicago

Always my daughter (5) was the curious one, my son (7) was never interested in these complicated questions, and I could solve all the problems in the past. First she asked where babies come from, and later why I have large breasts, when others don't. Fortunately my son...