No Regrets Parenting Blog

My Thanksgiving Cover Story for Parents Magazine

It was really a thrill for me when Parents Magazine asked me to write their Thanksgiving cover story for the November, 2014 issue. Titled “More Gratitude, Less Attitude,” the Thanksgiving issue is now on sale at newsstands everywhere. Read it online here exclusively
Parents Magazine November 2014

Do You Know “The Look?”

If you’re a parent, you definitely know “the look” I’m talking about. Here’s my post today for Jill Smokler’s wildly popular “Scary Mommy” blog. It’s already been shared more than 4000 times on FB since it went up this morning: http://www.scarymommy.com/the-look/ 940 saturdays.kindergarten graduation

Today is Labor Day, Tomorrow is “Launch Day”!

When “No Regrets Parenting” was published a couple years ago, the book became a bestseller, but one concept in particular in the book went “viral” : Between your child’s birth and her leaving for college, there are only 940 Saturdays. The New York Times titled their review of the book, “940 Saturdays and You’re Done.” Reader’s Digest named “940 Saturdays” their term of the month. Hundreds of bloggers began counting and chronicling the Saturdays of their families. Posters were created and sold on the internet by “famous quotes” companies. Celebrities weighed in on how they are spending their family Saturdays. Clearly, parents feel passionately about every precious moment with their kids.

Tomorrow, September 2, Random House Publishing will release my new “hybrid” activities guide and keepsake journal titled, of course, “940 Saturdays.” This really beautiful package is the perfect 2-in-1 solution to make each Saturday count: a hardcover journal, which includes a unique guide to kids’ developmental milestones; and a removable handbook with more than 1000 age-appropriate activities catered to every age and stage of childhood.

I hope the keepsake journal will inspire parents to chronicle for posterity what they saw and did, thought and felt with their kids, to savor these precious memories in the years to come. The activities handbook offers creative ideas to trigger parents’ imaginations and propel them to make each Saturday with their kids a memorable one. Imagine someday looking back with your kids at the entries you made when they were younger, reliving the highlights of their childhoods.

The journal/activities guide is available, as the saying goes, wherever fine books are sold, as well as online at all major sites. For more details, go to www.940Saturdays.com or www.harleyrotbart.com. 940 Saturdays cover 2

Do You Have BTSD (Back-To-School Disorder)?

Do you miss the days when Big Chief Tablets were all the rage and iPad tablets hadn’t been invented yet? 

You and your kids might have Back-To-School Disorder (BTSD) and not even know it. My new post for Parents Magazine will help you make the diagnosis. Click here

big chief tablet

When is a Fort Not Really a Fort, and When is it Even Better?

Money didn’t come easily for our family when we were kids, and mom watched every penny to make sure we had enough for the essentials. So when she “invested” a whole dollar to buy a “life-like” play fort, she was understandably upset when it finally arrived – in a plain manilla envelope by U.S. mail…

You might be surprised at what happened next, in my post this month for Parents magazine: click here

pillow fort

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