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

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 »

Medicine Madness

I’d rather pill a cat than give my toddler liquid medicine from a dropper. A cat you can wrap in a towel to cover his claws, shove the pill in his gullet and stroke his throat until he sticks out his tongue so you know he’s swallowed. A toddler would rather gurgle and spit like… Read more »

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 »

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