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

On the Move!

“Perfection.” That’s what Chelsea Myers says of baby feet. When her son was born she remembers measuring his whole foot against her thumb. There is just something about baby feet that we all love. Mom Emily Czerwonka says they “make us think of all the miles we’ve walked,” while Sue Duty says she “wonders where… Read more »

Teens Need to Practice “Adulting”

Rebellion is your teen’s inarticulate way of saying, “I want control.”  Control is okay so long as it’s within clear boundaries of what’s safe and what’s legal. Rebellion is good and it’s also a key part of developing the critical thinking skills a person needs to successfully “adult.” But kids need practice. Isn’t it better… Read more »

Press Repeat: Why Repetition is Smart for Toddlers

There she goes again. Once more down the slide. “After each landing, she squealed with excitement and said ‘do again,’” recalls Rhonda Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of Early Childhood Education, Human Development & Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She remembers how much her oldest daughter loved the slide at the Countryside YMCA’s pool when… Read more »

Fostering Empathy With Family Stories

An immigration story that took place 200 years ago is not more meaningful, more tolerable, or more credible than the immigration stories that are happening today.   I’m German. I’ve known that my whole life. I don’t know the details that set my ancestors in motion. To know that would be a gift. I know… Read more »

7 Things I Know for Sure

I am by no means a perfect parent. I’m astonished that I actually get to write for parenting publications. I have three kids (ages 21, 17, and 21 months) and I swear the baby gives me side-eye that says, “please, get it right this time.” I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’m sure I’ll… Read more »

Help a Mother Out

People rush to help when babies are born. Well-meaning people brought me things like casseroles and offers to babysit and all the receiving blankets I could handle. “Mom needs her rest!” they said, eager to hold my new baby. But if we’re being honest here, a baby who slept 18-hours a day wasn’t what kept me… Read more »

Putting Profanity In Its Place

I curse. I drop “F-bombs” frequently.  I know. You’re shocked. Right? The truth, as we all know it, is that profanity is part of the grown up world. It’s in our movies, music, video games, and television. Our children will hear it and, yes, they will use it. Whether you forbid it or not, they… Read more »

Heat Stroke: Keeping Babies Safe in Cars

Spring is here and so is the heat.   According to Safe Kids Coalition Worldwide, “A child’s body heats up three-to-five times faster than an adult’s body.” Safe Kids Coalition also reports that more than half of the cases of heat stroke deaths occur when a child was left in the car.     We’ve… Read more »

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