Something crazy happened at the Denver airport over the weekend: two young girls were barred from boarding a United Airlines plane. Not because they were potential terrorists. But because they were wearing leggings. With major television networks and newspapers weighing in, this incident became news across our nation. As, in some ways, it should be. Or not. The … [Read more...] about Something Crazy Happened at the Denver Airport Over The Weekend
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Word on the street is that Generation Z is the most significant generation in modern history. As their parents, of course we know our kids are special. But what makes researchers and marketers also say Gen Z is so unique and important? And how have we, their Gen X parents, helped shape them into such fabulous people? First, a quick primer on the two generations. Gen … [Read more...] about Slackers No More: Gen X Parents Raising Amazing Gen Z Kids
As New York’s fall Fashion Week closed down last week, parents nationwide wrapped up another September high-pressure fashion ritual: back to school shopping. Few parents would describe this particular custom as fun. But for those of us with plus-size kids, it can be especially excruciating. As parents, we want our kids to feel good about their bodies and appearance, no … [Read more...] about Body Image and Shopping With Your Teen
I have a confession to make. I am a big fat hypocrite! I am against violent video games - but I let my 11 year old son play Call of Duty ad nauseam. I won’t let my kids (11 and 9) have cell phones - but they both have an iTouch with texting and FaceTime capability. I believe in keeping my kids young and innocent for as long as possible - but I let them watch movies … [Read more...] about I’m a Big Fat Hypocrite!
I recently shared my list of what I worried about too much as a parent that turned out to be utterly irrelevant. Stuff like my excessive yelling and lack of patience when my three kids acted up in public. Now it’s time to share what, in hindsight, are the big things I did right. Just like the crazy stuff I worried about too much, I also had no clue when my kids were toddlers … [Read more...] about Why Worrying Doesn’t Equal Good Parenting