I'm a big fan of healthy food and healthy snacks for my kids. Ideally, snacks would all be pre-planned and put together by yours truly: fresh fruit, a few slices of cheese, a few almonds. And often, that's exactly what we do. But I'm also a busy mom and I needRead More
About LauraLaura is a law school grad who has successfully avoided using her education for six years and counting. She's a wife and a mom through international adoption to a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old who make her world go 'round.
She's the SheKnows Parenting editor and she also writes on her personal blog A(n) (un)Common Family, which covers whatever random thoughts land in her overused, yet sadly slow, brain. She relies on pictures of her cute kids to distract you from the lack of intelligent thoughts more often than not.
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What's your inspiration?
I'm inspired by my kids, my family and the world around me. Beyond those, I absolutely love the ocean -- listening to the waves crash and seeing the infinite water stretch into the horizon.
What's the one thing you can't live without?
I must have time to myself. Even if it's just 20 minutes in the middle of a crazy day, I need a little bit of time alone. I am a very independent person and motherhood was a change for me -- suddenly having another (and then another) person dependent on me 24 hours a day. I love every part of that, but I'm so much happier when I have a little time to recharge. A close second is the internet and my MacBook!
What's your favorite part of being a mom?
At this stage in the game, I love watching my kids' personalities develop. The nature vs. nurture thing is especially fascinating because we adopted our kids, so it's very cool to see the parts that my husband and I influence and the parts that are strictly them. Both of my kids are such interesting and dynamic people. I also love the hugs, kisses and cuddles. I'm certain I have the sweetest kids ever!
What's the single best piece of advice you can share with other moms?
Do what you've gotta do! No two people parent in the same way and I think that we each have to figure out what works best for us. It's great to look at our friends' and family members' parenting styles for inspiration when we admire them, but remember that nobody does it perfectly. Also, sometimes your best really is good enough, even when it doesn't seem that way.
Dealing with a picky eater can be frustrating for Mom -- and for her little one. Kate Samela is a pediatric nutritionist and author of Give Peas a Chance (Jan 2013, Parenting, $14.99). One of her tips for picky eaters is using kids' favorite textures (not tastes) to expand theirRead More
It is literally crunch time now - Christmas is just a few days away. And while I didn't want to be in this position (again), the truth is that we'll be doing some rush, last minute gift shopping. I have a few great gift ideas for kids to share withRead More
Most kids love to draw when they're young. It's fun to watch your toddler pick up a crayon and scribble and it's even more fun to watch as your child develops more fine motor skills that allow him to create shapes that start to loosely resemble people. It's safe to sayRead More
Shopping for a special little girl this holiday season? I have a gift suggestion for you. Do you remember Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse from your childhood? I do! I always wanted one. (Mom, if you're reading: just in case you thought I'd forget one day, I have the memory of an elephant.Read More