Grieving over pets...THERAPY NEEDED??

I’m not sure if my son is especially sensitive or having trouble with grief. We had a guinea pig named Snicker Doodle for about 8 months before he got sick and died. He spent a lot of time with him and he was even in my son’s class for a week. My son often starts crying out of nowhere and it’s been 2 months since the guinea pig’s death. Do you think I should have him talk to a counselor?

Water for Baby?

I’m a FTM and have read so many views about when to introduce water to your baby. He’s BF but drinks from a bottle when I’m at work. At 5 months old, I’m worried if I don’t introduce water soon he won’t have anything to do it later. When's the right time?

Bullies at a party

We were at a large party last night. Adults and kids were all there. The hosts had a couple of bouncy type things in the yard. Kids were playing on that while the adults hung out a tables in the backyard. There were a few teens who were near the bouncy stuff so we felt fine about our 9 yr. old son playing with his friends. When we decided to leave and find him, his lip was bleeding and his shirt was filthy. Turns out a slightly older kid started hit and kicked him to the ground. (Our son cut in line)We were furious but couldn’t talk to the parents because they already left the party. How do we deal with this situation now? Our son doesn’t want us to call but I feel like they should know what their son did!

Homework Help!

I’m having a hard time getting my 8 yr old to study! We’ve limited screen time and play time. He has a quiet place to study and I always give him a snack and something to drink but he balks when I nudge him. Do you have any study strategies that work for your kids you could pass on? Thanks so much!

Kids Lunch Ideas?

What do you pack for your kids' school lunches? I've been packing them junky stuff like mini pizzas and mac n cheese, and I feel awful about it. They're not sandwich eaters, which is a bummer. What do you suggest that's fresh, healthy, and easy to prepare in the morning? Thank you!


Not sure if part of being a mom is catching some sort of Disease to Please. But somehow it feels so difficult to just say "No!" sometimes. I don't mean "No" to candy or just another episode. That's all fine. But no to yet another activity. No to volunteering when you really don't have the time. No to a playdate when you really need to unwind. We want to be helpful, involved, do-it-all moms...but that's just the straight path to losing your sanity. A number of us moms have gotten together on Instagram to spell out (literally!) how important it is just say no sometimes. Check out some of the entries on IG starting with @opeeqo then tell us what you’d like to say no to for a chance to win a Host & Toast letterboard.

Time to wean?

My baby is 8 months old and still gets up at least twice a night to nurse. He doesn’t seem to drink much and falls back asleep quickly. Unfortunately, I’m not getting much sleep and having trouble keeping my eyes open in the afternoon. His weight is normal and he’s healthy otherwise. Should I keep letting him nurse? If not, what can I do?