Keeping an Eye Out for Other Peoples Kids: Is Nanny-Shaming Ever Okay?

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“Have you seen this, too? A well-intentioned person posts a picture of a nanny to a Facebook moms’ group or to Nextdoor.com in an attempt to find the parents employing that caregiver. They’ve witnessed the nanny speaking to a child in a derogatory way, handling them roughly, or not paying much attention to them at all, and out of concern for the child’s well being, they take to the internet.

These posts are met with mixed reviews. Some people appreciate the diligence of the good samaritans, affirming, “I’d want to know if my nanny was treating my child this way.” Other people think it’s an invasion of privacy, since the nanny’s face, often the child’s, too, is shared to thousands of people without consent.” Here’s my two cents on how it should be handled. 

Trend Alert :: Jellies Are Back, and Mox Made them Better Than Ever

Mox shoes close upI was lucky enough to get a pair of Mox shoes in exchange for writing about them for San Francisco Moms Blog. They’re glorious, and you can read all about them here. There’s a link to a discount code in the article, too, that’s valid until May 7, 2017.

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New Moms, Save Yourself Time – Stop Sterilizing Those Bottles

sterilize bottlesI’m a firm believer that everyone should eliminate unnecessary chores to make more room to do the stuff that really needs to be done and to have more time for rest and play. Sterilizing baby bottles is a waste of time, and I’m spreading the word here.

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Hey, Sticker Charts, Make Room for Kindness Chains

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“My favorite part of the kindness chain is that my children’s individual actions contribute to one chain. They’re not in competition to see whose chain is longer. They’re seeing that their collective effort is important, what they do affects others, and they’re learning that good things happen (their chain grows) when they treat people well. Not every kid will be the smartest, the most athletic, popular or artistic, but they all can be kind.” Read more here.

How to Do Wine Country with Kids

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My husband and I make the short drive from San Francisco to Sonoma County frequently to go wine tasting with our kids. Here are our tips to make it fun for all. Also included are two typical routes we take, which are equally (if not more) perfect when done without children in tow. The wine may just be for adults, but the experience is for everyone. Cheers!

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Permission to Get Healthy, Again

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“Plenty of fitness gurus will tell you that if you really want to get in shape, you have to make it a priority, even if it means waking up at 4:30 AM or squeezing in a workout at 10:00 PM. They’re right, of course. This would show a strong commitment to your goal, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a sustainable plan for a lot of us.” Here’s a perfectly acceptable place to start, instead.

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