Parenting with a PhD: Free-Range vs. Helicopter Parents

By Kristen Berthiaume: You’ve probably heard of free-range chickens – those raised with some freedom to roam so they’re happier and less-stressed (and more delicious – apparently cortisol isn’t all that tasty) but did you know there are also free-range kids? “Free-Range Parenting” is a term first coined in a 2010 book to describe a ... Read More

Let’s Get That Garden Started: 5 Things you can do right now

by Holly Syx Growning your own garden is a great way to save money on fruits & veggies.  It’s also quite rewarding to be able to feed your family with the fruits of your labor. Ok, so I know it’s been pretty chilly outside and gardening may be the furthest thing from your mind.  But ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: Appropriate Complaints

Teach Your Kids to Complain! By: Kristen Berthiaume The punch line for this title is, of course, that your kids already know how to complain. They practice. All. Of. The. (Expletive deleted). Time. But, complaining appropriately is actually a skill that may not come naturally and a really important one to master. Without the ability ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: Facebragging

By Kristen Berthiaume: Dear Facebragger, Your friends don’t like it when you do that. Sincerely, Common Sense Ever wanted to message the above to someone? I feel like it regularly. Whether your parent friends are bragging on Facebook about all the amazing things their kids can do or your neighbors are going on (and on ... Read More

Multiplicity: Managing Multiples

When you first find out that you’re having multiples and the shock wears off, one of the first things that crosses your mind is logistics. Sure you had plenty of room in your car for an extra carseat, an extra bedroom in your home, a single stroller that you used with your first child that ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: Gratitude Revisited.

By Kristen Berthiaume: It’s that time again – time for your FB newsfeed to be filled with daily postings of what people are thankful for! By Black Friday, you’ll probably be thankful for a return to the usual fare of crazy political rants and random YouTube videos. If public displays of gratitude aren’t your thing, ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: The Bucket List

By: Kristen Berthiaume The Bucket List: It’s Not Just for Summer Anymore! If you’re one if those “on the ball” kinda moms, you’ve probably made a Summer Bucket List (add link to Bham Mommy article – maybe it’s from last year?) with your kids. The list is most likely bright and colorful, and posted prominently ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: Putting Scary Dreams to Bed

By: Kristen Berthiaume, PhD It’s the beginning of summer and you’re too busy having fun or trying to keep track of which camp your kid goes to today for a long article (also, I have a newborn so there’s that).  This one will be brief. If you’re like 90-something % of Americans (not an actual ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: Separation Anxiety

By: Kristen Berthiaume PhD Every Time You Go Away… Helping Your Kid Deal with Separation Anxiety My thanks to Hall & Oates for the title (you’re singing it in your head now, aren’t you? Sorry about that…). Separation anxiety is a normal part of development that typically occurs in infants between 9 and 18 months ... Read More

The Gray Area: Cause and Effect

By: Misty Smith Cause & Effect: Forgiveness or Revenge? Those possible turning points in relationships where the decision of forgiveness or revenge is the one we make. It’s that hurtful word or event or that embarrassing moment that puts us in complete control of the future of our relationship. Will we choose to forgive, or ... Read More