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Can Close Friends Substitute for Family?

Remember Uncle Joey on Full House? Who was he anyway? He did Popeye impersonations and helped with homework. The kids loved him as much as their blood relative Uncle Jesse. And it appears a lot of people relate to the Tanner family. When we asked our Facebook fans “Do your kids call anyone who isn't a biological relative an aunt, uncle, or cousin?” we got a whopping 800-plus likes and 306 comments in one day. “Our handpicked family is more dependable than the ‘real deal,’” commented Jennifer O.

AAP: Organic Food Good For Kids

You're in the produce section, weighing the cost of organic apples vs. the cheaper, traditionally grown Granny Smiths. If only your pediatrician could come along on a grocery run and help you figure out if it's worth the extra money. Now he or she can—sort of—thanks to a new policy statement on organic foods from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Kids and Playing Through Sports Injuries

Last Sunday, as my kids, my husband and I were sitting down to dinner, we watched Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III collapse on the football field toward the end of their wild-card play-off loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Yes, we had the TV on during dinner (bad parents!) but hey, it’s the play-offs, and we had it on mute. We needed no sound to tell us the significance of what had just happened, however.

Does Popularity Really Matter?

My daughter Katie was only a second-grader when she used a phrase I didn't think I'd hear for years. “I'm not popular,” she announced matter-of-factly at dinner one night. “Me and Izzy think Zoe is the most popular girl in our class.”

Instantly, I found myself defensive on her behalf, eager for my daughter to be every bit as popular as Zoe. “But you have lots of friends!” She looked back at me, seeming a bit confused. “I know,” she said. “But Zoe is popular.”

The Secret Adam Lanza and I Shared

I am a wife, mother, nurse, sister, daughter and friend. I have an enviable life, a comfortable middle-class existence, and a career that I love. I pride myself today on my inner strength, my sense of humor and resilience.

Yet, 22 years ago, when I was around the same age as Adam Lanza, I wanted to blow my brains out.

It's a long-buried memory, and a shameful one. I've never spoken about until now, not even to my husband. 

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