I Brake for Moms

Our children aren’t the only ones who are growing up

Her 14-year-old son’s high school orientation was an evening of reckoning for this mom.

 

My grandfather helped liberate Europe from tyranny on D-Day

He won the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his heroism. It was up to my grandma to tell his story.

 

Let’s Make Art: At-home painting lessons for the whole family

A subscription watercolor kit with online tutorials turns into affordable Mommy and Me art classes.

 

How an IKEA couch held up for this family of four — plus a dog

After five years, the cushions have become saggy and lumpy. But the slipcovers mean it can be cleaned.

The mysterious case of the garage door with a mind of its own

“It’s a good thing I have a guard dog with me,” she told their miniature poodle.

Your Mother’s Day Report Card

Sharpen your pencils, and get ready to grade yourself. Your Mother’s Day report card is waiting.

Child, whatever you do, please don’t practice the recorder

Do you remember the lyrics to “Hot Cross Buns”? If not, you will soon.

Lighthouse parenting: Guide and help them get their bearings

This style of parenting has two main principles: give unconditional love and let children fail.

Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp

Jennifer Bardsley was one of 20 writers to speak at this year’s Teen Author Boot Camp in Provo, Utah.

Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp

Jennifer Bardsley was one of 20 writers to speak at this year’s Teen Author Boot Camp in Provo, Utah.

This Edmonds traveler prefers flying out of Paine Field

It took her just 10 minutes to get through airport security at Snohomish County’s new terminal.

Parents deserve time-outs too — especially during the teen years

Here’s an exhausting metaphor for you: Raising a teenager is like running 97 marathons in a row.

Processed vs whole foods: Helping kids evaluate what they eat

Her Girl Scout troop was earning their Staying Fit badge. In front of them were 10 snack items.

Coming home from a long vacation is part of the journey

When you return from Hawaii to find yourself locked out of the house, vacation is officially over.

In case of emerency: Why you should pack yourself a go bag

If you needed to leave your house in a hurry, could you do it?

When you email your teenager, but they would rather get a text

Today’s communication problems between parents and teens seem to be getting more about technology.

How learning to say her own name inspired her latest book

A character in Jennifer Bardsley’s new novel speaks with a lisp — as she did when she was a child.

Give your Valentine the gift of relaxation at the naked spa

The Olympus Spa in Lynnwood is for women only. Sorry guys, this Valentine’s Day treat isn’t for you.

A subscriber’s plea: Support journalism before it’s too late

We are raising a generation that places their faith in social media instead of vetted journalists.

A family game of Monopoly is equal parts joy and frustration

Toys R Us is dead, but don’t worry — America’s favorite board game is alive and well.