Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Caroline Shannon-Karasik is a writer and editor living in Pittsburgh, PA. Her writing has been featured in several publications, including Narratively, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Tonic and Prevention. She is currently writing a collection of essays. More can be found at carolineshannon.com.
Recent Articles

7 Red Flags Your Kid Needs Less Screen Time, According To Experts

Screen time is kind of a thing, in case you haven't noticed. Even those of us with the best of intentions — "I will never just sit my kid in front of the television!" — have discovered that a little iPad or television every now and then isn't the end…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

There Are So Many Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year

By the time February hits, it feels like the holiday season has officially passed by. People have bid adieu to Christmas trees and glowing menorahs, and everyone has finally settled in to the new year. But if you celebrate the Chinese New Year, then …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's The Deal With Toddlers & Cavities In Those Baby Teeth

Sometimes a long day with a toddler can mean a bedtime routine completely goes by the wayside because you are only operating on one mode: Must. Go. To. Bed. In our house, that sometimes means my husband dry brushing our daughter Claire's teeth while …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

North & South Korea Walked Together At The Opening Ceremony & Twitter Noticed

The Parade of Nations during the Olympics opening ceremonies has a way of making people feel a deep sense of unity and respect for the brilliant display of cultures from across the globe. There's something about the flags, bold colors, and culturally…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Twitter Is *Really* Concerned About All Those Empty Seats At The Opening Ceremony

The 2018 PyeongChang opening ceremony brought the lights, vivid colors, and bold outfit choices during the Parade of Nations. But a quick pan of the audience showed some smiling faces in the midst of illuminated seats that were, well, empty. "Where a…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The Funniest Tweets About Slovenia’s Opening Ceremony Outfits Are Too Real

Like athletes at any sporting event, Olympic competitors are no strangers to play-by-play commentary about their performance, including hits, misses, and oh-so-close(s). But one thing that is unique to the games is the opening ceremony, which comes c…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How Much Those Incredibly Detailed Figure Skating Costumes Cost

I'm not going to lie, I love me some figure skating costumes. The beading, the crystals, the bold colors (or soft, whispy pastels) — it's the stuff of my never-going-to-be-a-figure-skater dreams. And it's no surprise: It turns out many of the costume…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

There Are Some Familiar Designers Responsible For The US Olympic Ice Skating Costumes

"Who are you wearing?" It's a common question for celebrities who regularly walk the red carpet in stunning, floor-length gowns or custom-made tuxedos. They say things like, "Oscar de la Renta" or "Armani" and Twitter conversations ensue about hits a…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Has Anyone Ever Died In The Winter Olympics? There Certainly Is Risk Involved

The Winter Olympics are no stranger to daring events. Athletes hop aboard a light toboggan and rocket down a sheet of ice in luge, and skiers and snowboarders perform flips in the air that can make even the most daredevil of people shriek with fascin…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Pregnancy Doesn't Always Stop Olympians From Competing & Here's Why

In case you missed the memo, women are all kinds of amazing. Whether they are bosses, making a name in a male-dominated field, or ensuring every detail is in place for their kids (or all of the above), they have the whole killing-it-at-life thing dow…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How Your Kid's Obsession With Their Lovey *Really* Impacts Them Later In Life

Kitty. He comes everywhere with us and basically lives in the nook of my daughter's arm. He was the unexpected lovey, a stuffed animal that she picked out in a toy store with her daddy. Before we knew it, Kitty was a regular staple at the dinner tabl…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

These 7 Celeb Dads Helping Their Pregnant Partners Will Give You Heart Eyes

The other night my husband and I were sharing our excitement about the news that one of our good friends is pregnant and Dan said, "There is just something so specifically amazing about a woman who is carrying a child." And, first, I was like, OK, yo…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Apparently Flu Symptoms Don't Always Include A Fever, So Here's What To Look For

As I learned this past weekend when we took our daughter to the hospital for what we perceived to be influenza, the flu is a tricky bugger. After the doctors assessed her symptoms — lethargy, cold sweats, and vomiting to name a few — and asked us que…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Shittens Mittens Are Already Sold Out & It's Not Hard To See Why

It's happened to the best of us. You are merrily cleaning your little one's bottom when all of a sudden you realize a rogue finger seems to have gone astray from the careful confines of the baby wipe. Ugh. OK, so maybe the "merrily" part of that stor…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How Much Beer You Can Actually Enjoy While You're Breastfeeding

After spending nine months ensuring that what you eat won't negatively affect your growing baby, there is a switch that goes off following birth and it sounds a bit like, "Party time!" But the truth is, if you're breastfeeding or pumping, then you kn…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's What Happens When You Take A Kid To The ER For The Flu, According To Experts

This weekend, my husband and I woke to the sound of our toddler vomiting. I ran into her room, quickly cleaned her off, and assessed her symptoms. After all, flu season was upon us and I knew there were some very specific signs to look for, like a fe…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How Your Postpartum Vagina's Scent Changes (Along With Everything Else)

The postpartum phase feels a little like you are Humpty Dumpty and no one is really around to help put you back together again. That's because you and your crew are busy with learning how to, you know, do this whole mom thing which involves a lot of …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Does Your Baby Also Feel The Zing Of Lightning Crotch, Or Are You The Only Lucky One?

"My vagina!" It's not the kind of thing you want to yell, perhaps, in the middle of a New Year's Eve party, but, alas, pregnancy knows no limits. At least, that was the experience for yours truly as I stood in the middle of a holiday soiree and felt …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The 2018 Super Bowl Ring Is Not Exactly A Cheap Item

Growing up in Pittsburgh means I am no stranger to the hoopla that surrounds a Super Bowl. After all, the Steelers have won six Super Bowl games, making them the only — ahem — team to clinch that many victories. But this year the Steelers won't see a…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik