Thanksgiving Dinner Help: We're Here for You!

The Cool Mom Eats team has you covered, from turkey tips to super shortcuts to diet-ditching desserts. And of course, ideas for all those leftovers. Because there will be leftovers.

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Getting blunt with my daughters, because #metoo.

“You have to learn to tell the server what you want,” I insisted. She winced. “Go on…” No dice. For some reason, my outspoken, truth-telling, totally-not-shy ten year old is having issues asking for a waffle at the neighborhood diner. This is the diner where we know...

The Disney Channel’s first gay character makes me shout yay for Andi Mack! | Thinking Parent

Last season, my family discovered the Disney Channel show Andi Mack and we were instantly hooked. This series for tweens and young teens pulled us in with its smart writing, well-developed characters, and diverse cast. But after the recent Season 2 premiere, I love...

Trump’s proposed tax bill will keep parents from adopting. That sucks for everyone.

As an adoptive mom, I'm committed to fighting against Trump's new tax bill that, among other things, eliminates the essential adoption tax credit for families. Here's why. Adoption is expensive. Like, crazy expensive. While it's 100% worth it without a question, by...

In defense of parents: A response to the child-free haters of the world.

If you ask me, anonymous avatars on the internet don't need more license to shame parents and our children. But alas, a recent Lifehacker article by Patrick Allan explicitly asked non-parents to name their grievances against those people who deigned to bear kids. So...

A dedicated Boy Scout troop leader on why allowing girls into the organization won’t ruin life as we know it. | Thinking: Parent

Boy Scouts of America made a huge announcement yesterday: starting next year, girls will be able to enroll in their Cub Scouting program, and by 2019 be qualified to earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank. And of course, there is much debate, outrage, celebration, and...
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Go Ahead and Overextend Yourself

Justreach2_2 Justreach1_2We here at Cool Mom Picks are all about making life easier for ourselves. While we can’t help moms grow an extra arm, we have found something to make your kid’s arm longer, so you can save yours for other important stuff.

The Pros of Cons

As a teenager in the 80s, I was rarely seen without my black Chuck Taylor high-tops with the anarchy A scrawled on the toes. The kicks have since given way to something a bit more fashion-backward (and more supportive in the arches), but I still yearn for the hipster...

No, G is Not for Guiliani

Abc_book_cover New York City can teach a child any number of things. Like how to distinguish a Bangladeshi cab driver accent from a Pakistani one. Or how to learn to share toys with Uma’s daughter in the sandbox of the Bleecker Street playground. Now, NYC is also teaching children their ABCs.

“If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy”

MamazineI think many of the mainstream parenting-type magazines make fine reads… for my daughter while I’m on the toilet. What toddler doesn’t love to flip through pages of baby pictures and toy ads? But when I’m looking for something to challenge my slowly deteriorating mom brain, I head right over to mamazine.com.

Purl with a Purpose

I'm a winter knitter. I have no problem creating toasty scarves and booties when the weather is chilly - but for some reason, when my butt is roasting on a lovely 85 degree March day here in Mississippi, I have a little more difficulty motivating myself to grab my...

Erin Go Organic

OrganicWhile I have seen a pint of Guiness served as a three course meal, you might want to consider some other options for your St. Patty’s Day fare.

The Thai Rock: The Mommy’s Champion

I admit that I'm the girl that needs the very thick layer of deodorant applied at least two times a day. I lost all hope for ever having dry, baby soft pits that didn't shed all over my entire wardrobe until I found The Rock--the Thai Rock, that is. If you haven't...

How Mommy Got Her Groove Back

If you were anything like me, you made a mildly concerted effort to keep track of your newborn's daily habits. However, the 10,000 yellow post-its and leftover composition book from English 101 just didn't cut it. Between your aching nether regions and jello brain,...

It even looks good covered in oatmeal.

At Cool Mom Picks, we are particularly fond of family-run enterprises (no, not the Mansons). So we were excited to discover the simple, original designs of 3 Girls and Us. Claire and Matt, parents to--what else--three girls, have created tees, hoodies, creepers and...

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