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?

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!


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 @the-instillery then tell us what you’d like to say no to for a chance to win a Host & Toast letterboard.

Help! My 3 yr old is a bully

My three yr. old daughter is the playground bully. I’m not sure where this is coming from! We don’t discipline with spanking or yell at her but she is so selfish when she is there. She yells, “go away kids!” or “You can’t play on that swing, it’s mine.” She seems to understand about sharing and being kind when we talk to her but when she hits the playground the claws come out. How can we get her to stop?

Girl drama

I volunteer in my daughter’s Brownie Troops and some of the girls are such little divas! This is the opposite behavior we are trying to promote. They are critical of each other but more hurtful is when they are whispering about a loner in the group. I don’t want to just tell them it’s bad to talk about others that way. I would like to inspire them to think about it and change this on their own. Any suggestions?