Why Do We Refer to Ourselves in the Third Person When We Talk to Our Kids?


I’m guilty of calling myself “Mommy” when talking directly to my kids. Instead of saying, “I’ll get that for you,” I say, “Mommy will get that for you.” I call it Jimmy Talk in honor of a character in a classic episode of the show “Seinfeld.” Are you a Jimmy Talker, too?  Here’s why I think we do it.

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Why I’m Teaching My Kids to Be Judgmental


“The practice of judgment gets a bad wrap because it’s often mixed up with the business of being mean, but I’m reclaiming the word for what it is:  forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought.” Here’s how to help your kids be more judgmental, in the best sense of the word.

The Lullaby That Could Ruin Your Kids

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Full disclosure: This was not my original title. The editors definitely went for dramatic effect with this one.  I don’t think singing this lullaby will ruin your kids, but I do think its  message is the opposite of what we should be telling them. Are there lullabies and nursery rhymes that make you cringe?

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