Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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

Justin Baldoni Says It's Feminism That Has Taught Him To Be "Man Enough"

Justin Baldoni is having a moment. And by "moment," I mean it's a big one that everyone kind of hopes never, ever goes away. That's because the 34-year-old actor, director, father, husband, and, perhaps most of all, inspiring human, is doing some…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, There Are Some Science-Backed Benefits Of "Redshirting" Your Child

If you have ever been involved in a conversation about whether or not a child should be held back in school, chances are likely there has been a lot of emphasis on the negatives. Parents, teachers, experts, and people who should mind their own…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

How Do People Who Support “Family Values” Feel About Family Separation? It’s Complicated

Ruth Jackson Lee is a family values advocate. The mother of four is also pro-life and pro-religious liberty. She and her husband graduated from Liberty University, an evangelical university that has been in the news lately as a result of university…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

OMG! You Can Buy 1, Get 2 Free On Bodysuits, Leggings, & More At This Carter's Sale

Friends, I am the woman who receives a compliment on her shoes and immediately answers, "$5! Target!" I love a good sale and I love even more telling people about said sale — even when all they wanted to do was give me props on my shoes and move on.…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Picking A Breast Pump Is Overwhelming, So Here's How To Figure Out Which One You Need

Let's be real: Pregnancy is awesome and the miracle of life is all that. But a large chunk of your excitement surrounding your changing form can really be chalked up to one thing — shopping for baby stuff. However, choosing things for you — both…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

What A Pediatrician *Really* Wants You To Know About Baby-Led Weaning

Parenting is full of transitions. And it's not uncommon that once you get the hang of a phase, your little one is on to the next. Keeps things lively, right? But the list of questions is large when it comes time to adding solid foods to their diet.…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Justin Baldoni Of 'Jane The Virgin' Is Preventing Kid Food Allergies In One Tasty Way

When it was first suggested to actor Justin Baldoni that he and his wife Emily introduce their then-5-month-old son Maxwell to peanut foods, he was hesitant. Like any parent, the Jane the Virgin actor was aware of the dangers related to peanuts and…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The Blood Moon Is On Its Way, & Here's How It Could Affect Your Kid's Behavior

My mom is a firm believer in planetary shifts being the culprit behind increased health symptoms, altered moods, and other oddball occurrences among those of us on planet Earth. Tell her you have been suffering a string of headaches or that your kid…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The Blood Moon Won't Be Visible In North America, But Here's Where You Can Stream It

My first introduction to the Blood Moon was while watching Practical Magic. It was an age of witchcraft and sorcery being a thing, so I started digging for more information about the celestial happening. Paired with my love of the wicked girls in…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Amazon Prime Day Is Over, But Britax Is Keeping Their Sales Going All Week

In case you haven't heard, Amazon Prime Day is kind of a big deal. Shoppers make a list and check it twice to score deals on home tech gadgets (hello, Alexa), toys, gaming systems, gift cards, and loads more. For 2018's big event, the bulk deals…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

This Sweet Toy Encourages Kids To Love Rescue Animals, & It's A Great Lesson For All

My daughter Claire is a bona fide animal lover. Her last two birthday parties have been at the zoo and one of my greatest joys is watching her nurture our four — yes, four — rescue cats. Now that she's 3, she regularly asks me to brush, feed, and…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

15 Children's Books *Every* Adult Should Own

Ask me about books and you might be sorry you did. It's a love affair, really. From the smell of them (fresh pages or well-worn library copies both do it for me) to the way they look lined on a shelf, books and the words on their pages are a special…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The Best Birthing Technique For You, Based On Your Zodiac

Find me 15 minutes into a conversation and you’re bound to hear me say, “What’s your zodiac?” It usually means I’m either totally hitting it off with someone and need to know if we share Aries’ fire, or totally, well, … not. Of course, there’s…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

'The Baby-Sitters Club' Books Are Coming Back, & OMG *This* Is Kristy's Great Idea

Whether you related to founding member Kristy Thomas and her class president ways, coveted Dawn Schafer's California looks, or simply adored Claudia Kishi's creativity and eccentric wardrobe, the core of your affection is simple: You were a die-hard…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

15 Summer Bucket List Items For Families, Because You're Running Out Of Ideas

Summertime brings with it endless opportunities for scoring some serious family fun, right? Yes, it's true, but it's also a fact that once the excitement over school-free days and warm weather wears off, everyone in the household can get a little…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

This Pregnancy Pool Float Is An Absolute Must-Have This Summer

When I was 39 weeks pregnant with my daughter Claire, my mom shoved a maternity swimsuit in my direction and said, "Put this on, you're going swimming." It was June and really hot, and my mom said she had loved swimming while pregnant with me and my…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How Your Shadow Can Actually Keep Your Skin Safe This Summer

Chances are likely you know a thing or two about how to protect yourself from the sun — even if you don’t always play by the rules. Whether it’s using sunscreen, taking cover under a large beach umbrella, or donning protective clothing to block…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's What Your Dog Can Really Figure Out About Your Baby In The Womb

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was convinced our cats knew something was different with their human mama. They would prod at my belly and always find a way to sleep on top of it. Our one cat was especially keen on being close to me during…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Whoa, America — Target's 4th Of July Sale Is Giving You 30% Off *Tons* Of Homewares

Sure, the Fourth of July is a day filled with barbecues, picnics, and fireworks designed to celebrate our nation's independence. While many people head outdoors to soak in the day, there are a few reasons you might want to kick it indoors — at least…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

7 Natural Tick Repellents For Those Who Want To Avoid Chemicals & Stay Bug-Free

Summertime means all things outside and sunscreen, including long days at the pool, nighttime firefly shows, and popsicles for days. But warmer weather also means pesky insects come out to play, including — you guessed it — ticks. And research shows…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik