School picture day is close at hand, just in time to get good pictures of the kids to give out to relatives at Christmas. Like many people, I have been a victim of terrible school pictures… I’m talking about the images that would have been made into Internet memes if the Internet had been around back then (okay, the Internet was around, but no one knew how to use … [Read more...] about Tips for Avoiding School Picture Day Disasters
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This Father’s Day, the gift I’m giving Daddy-o is the reminder that I will try very hard not to be any of the archetypes I described a few years and a few kids ago. Any of these sound familiar? 1. The Critic: You know when dad is bathing the newborn and you think the water is the wrong temperature and that he picked the wrong towel? And you know how you keep correcting him … [Read more...] about The Critic, The Nag and Other Archetypes I’m Avoiding
As a mom of three and etiquette consultant, I have become a therapist of sorts. I find myself being discreetly led away by the arm, into a quiet nook at our elementary school and lending a sympathetic ear to another mom as they relay their blunders, their child’s indiscretions or mommy faux pas. Although, we can all relate (even, myself!) to the shock of our child’s … [Read more...] about Avoiding the Top 10 Mommy Faux Pas
When you're pregnant, your body is stretched to its limits---literally. At some point during those crazy, blissful, agonizing, and exciting 40 weeks, many women get the dreaded stretch marks. Appearing mostly on the belly--yet also breasts, hips, buttocks, and thighs--they're fairly easy to discern: harmless streaks of red, thin, glossy skin, with a different texture than … [Read more...] about Avoiding Stretch Marks When Pregnant
Did you know that having an abnormally high or low thyroid can cause you to miscarry and wreak havoc on your body? January is Thyroid Awareness Month? I thought talking about how vital our thyroid is to our body functions, including pregnancy, would be a great way to start the year off. One of the first things that I tell new clients is to have a blood test to check their … [Read more...] about Is Your Thyroid to Blame?