When traveling with kids, the sight of someone in uniform — be it a police officer, firefighter or boat captain — can be more exciting than anything you planned. Why leave such a highlight to chance? At these Portland attractions, your little ones can walk in the shoes of their heroes for a day. Read…
A picture never tells the entire story, but this photo revealed the truth of motherhood to me—including the very, very hard parts. Read This Photo Revealed the Reality of Motherhood to me, Scary Mommy.
Sometimes it’s okay to ditch the schedule and simply soak in the moments with your children. As a mom, I’m constantly learning this lesson—and learning to take it slow with my kids. Read Life in the Slow Lane, PDX Parent, June/July 2016 or read it online.
Parents rarely get a moment to themselves—which is why we’re so obsessed with babysitters. Here’s a letter to a babysitter before we escape to dinner freedom. Read Adventures in Babysitting, PDX Parent, November 2016 or read it online.
When President Trump was elected, I didn’t know how it would affect my family. But with the New Year, we are getting involved in family activism. Read Future Tense, PDX Parent, January 2017 or read it online.
One daughter wanted nothing to do with me; the other one refused anyone else. This stage in motherhood was absolutely exhausting. Read Two daughters, opposite needs, PDX Parent, March 2017 or read it online.
TEALS, the Microsoft-led grassroots program to bring computer science education to underserved schools, can make an enormous difference not only in the lives of students but also of entire families. Volunteers in one Austin, Texas TEALS class found that the opportunities they offered students changed the way the kids thought about their future—for the better.…
You know how friends sometimes give the worst advice? Read this and you’ll never be that person. Read How to Give Advice Your Friends Actually Take, Cosmopolitan, July 2016.
Flying with a baby and toddler solo is no picnic. But as I write in this Metro Parent column, flying with kids helped me find compassion in the least likely of places. Read Up in the Air, Metro Parent February 2016.
With a donation of Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofit, Concern—an Ireland-based organization that battles poverty—can better help the world’s most vulnerable populations overcome hardship. Read the Microsoft Philanthropies case study here, or view the PDF.