Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a writer, wife, and mom of three kids whose ages span two decades. Her work has appeared in the New York Times; Brain, Child Magazine; Scary Mommy and more. Her Cincinnati Family mom blog earned Best Overall Blog in the 2017 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @WriterBonnie or on her website at

7 Things I Know For Sure: Summer Vacation Edition

School’s out and we all want to get away for some summer fun. My family took our first road trip of the season over Memorial Day Weekend and I was reminded of these seven certainties. 1.You Will Forget Something Stop making lists. Just accept that I speak the truth. My husband turned around for his… Read more »

Toddlers Are Tough!

Tantrums, defiance, moddiness … it’s all part of being a toddler. He just needs guidance from you.

Mother Figures for the Motherless

“I’m 42 years old and I still don’t know where I belong,” I cried to my sister, standing in her kitchen. We had stopped at my sister’s place after spending Easter weekend with my Aunt Mary and Uncle Butch. Butch and Mary are part of my stepmother’s family. Well, she was my stepmother when I… Read more »

Chores and Tribulations

I love contributing to family. I hate chores. As a child, chores were tasks to be checked off a list so I could get on to other things. A checklist made clear that I’d either succeeded or failed. I often felt ignored. Patted on the head for tasks that meant nothing to me so I… Read more »

Look Who’s Talking!

All the gibbering from Baby is going somewhere, believe it or not! Encourage it and help her develop her language.

What It Means to Be An Early Bloomer

Jeannie* was 4 years old when her mom noticed a dark patch developing between her legs. “What did you sit in?” She asked during her bath routine thinking it must be dirt or something from playing in the yard. “Nothing, that’s my fur,” Jeannie replied. What followed after was a series of doctor appointments to… Read more »


A student was shot at my daughter’s school when she was a freshman. It took place between classes and my daughter was close enough to hear the gunshots and to be trampled by students running and screaming. The panic. The lockdown. The search. Armed police officers went room-to-room with loaded guns pointed towards students. My… Read more »

Uber Mom

“Octagon,” is my two-year-old son’s first three-syllable word. He says it at every stop sign. We spend half our lives in the car. He comes along while I run errands and deliver his sibling to activities and extracurriculars. He learns his letters, numbers, shapes and colors as we drive through town. He’s likely to take… Read more »

FitBit for Sleep: You Count Steps, I’ll Count Zzzzz’s

My husband and I jumped on the FitBit bandwagon this Christmas. I resisted when they first came out. While others were walking and counting steps I didn’t want to know how inefficient I was during my day. I’m a busy mom. Why would I want to know that I wasted 45 steps looking for my… Read more »

Holiday Hugs: Let Kids Say “No”

To children, all adults hold some mysterious position of power due to fact that they are older and bigger. It is ingrained from the get go. Adults are the bosses and they can get you in trouble if you don’t do what they tell you. That much every child knows. There’s a common thread that… Read more »

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