"I Love You." "I Love Chicken Nuggets." & Other Tales of Motherhood is a collection of essays and stories that take a candid look at parenthood - and being raised by the kid you're raising. Honest, sweet, funny, and written by a totally humble author who's totally comfortable with all these adjectives and speaking in the third person, "ILY""ILCN"&OToM is a book not just for parents, but for anyone figuring out this thing called life. (Because no one's ever really done growing up, are…
A Toddler's Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll — stesha.org How do I talk to my toddler about drugs and sex (and rock and roll) when he's starting to ask questions? Here are 6 fun ways that worked for us!
"He whacked me on the face!" — stesha.org Teacher called, and it turns out there's a bully on the playground in school. How do I help my kindergartener deal with it and stand up to him? Here's a strategy we tried.
Redefining Bravery — stesha.org My son's afraid of the dentist (and I can't blame him). When he was scared, here's what we did... and how I discovered our little meaning of courage and bravery along the way.
Why bad grades are fine — stesha.org My son is bright (mom bias aside, totally!) so how do we deal with bad grades and poor performance in school? By trying to figure out what goes into low grades -- and how that might not be a bad thing.
A Good Friday Conversation — stesha.org Explaining the real meaning of Easter to my child is not as easy as I thought it was going to be! I'm not an atheist, but I'm not that religious either, and things got funny. (Spoiler, he asks where the bunnies are anyway.)
"Masyado kang bata para diyan!" — stesha.org How young is too young for some conversations? With this post, I make the argument that there is no being "too young for that" -- because there's always a way to explain. He's got questions? Then it's up to me to find answers (that tell the truth, too)!
"Why do people love drugs sometimes?" — stesha.org My kid's asking questions about drugs. How do I explain why people enjoy love drugs in a way my preschooler can understand? Here's what I said and how I answered (in live and spontaneous audio format! + transcript).
That smarts! — stesha.org Should we praise our kids' intelligence? Experts say not to call your kids smart, but what if they really are? And not just in a biased mom way! Where does intelligence come from, and what does "smart" really mean?
Do kids & gadgets mix? Rules for my little digital native— stesha.org What are the pros and cons of mixing kids and technology? I can't always be there to set time limits for my kid, so here's what we do instead to use gadgets responsibly and properly (without cutting on the fun)!