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

Here's How To Tell If Your Mother-In-Law's Behavior Is Really Controlling

There's a good chance your wedding vows included something about "becoming one," the "joining together of two souls," or something of that we-are-now-bonded-for-(hopefully)-life nature. And it's true: Marrying your love includes the very theme of uni…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

How To Text Senators About The Zero Tolerance Policy, Because Silence Isn't Working

If images of small children crying at their parents' feet while their parents are being patted down by border patrol, or headlines about a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her immigrant mother have you feeling outraged, well, good. Wel…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's A Script To Follow When You Call Your Senator About The Zero Tolerance Policy

Turn on the news or scroll through social media and you will be hard pressed to miss the headlines: Toddlers Separated From Parents at the Border Are Being Detained in 'Tender Age' Shelters, New statistics: the government is separating 65 children a …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

If You Want To Donate Items To Immigration Detention Centers, Here's How To Start

If you're a person on this planet, then you've seen the recent heartbreaking photos of immigrant families being separated at the border. There's a toddler girl, crying at her mother's feet as she is patted down by a U.S. border agent. Another young g…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

15 Hilarious Things To Write In Father’s Day Cards, Because You Love Making Dad Laugh

I tend to be the person on special occasions who writes just the exact combination of sentiments inside of a card that the recipient inevitably cries. So much so that before most of my family members open a card, they will say, "Should I just save th…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

If You're Waiting For Baby To Drop Before Labor Begins, You Could Be Waiting A While

When you are anticipating the arrival of a little one, you will begin questioning every little thing that happens and whether or not it is a sign of labor, especially as you near the end of the third trimester. The truth is, labor doesn't exactly tre…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How To Talk To Your Kids About Suicide, According To Experts

As a mom to an almost 3-year-old, a lot of our serious conversations revolve around sharing, boo-boos, and why it's important to get to bed on time. But as a woman who has borne witness to parents raising two children much older than my own, I know s…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

OK, You're Absolutely Going To *Need* This Rose Gold Mickey Ears Backpack

There's really no shortage of magic when it comes to Disney — no matter if you are an actual kid or kid at heart. So it's no surprise that when the company launched rose gold Minnie Mouse ears last fall, people were tripping over themselves to score …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Toddlers Are Pretty Energetic, But Here's How To Make Sure They're Active Enough

Let's be honest: Toddlers are killing it in the zest-for-life department. My husband Dan and I are prone to wistfully saying, "If only we had that much energy ..." as we watch our daughter Claire animatedly talk about everything, excitedly shriek at …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

For Dads Who Are Constantly Hit In The "Jewels," There's Now Underwear Just For Them

I'm not going to lie: When it comes to the long list of bodily changes (hello menstruation, PMS, pregnancy, birth, and menopause) that come with womanhood, I have a hard time not rolling my eyes when men complain about pain inflicted upon their famil…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

How To See If You're Dilated, Because You're Ready To Get This Show On The Road

Throughout pregnancy there are markers that indicate the progress of your little one's growth: The sound of their heartbeat, that first kick, the moment they become so large that each movement looks like an alien is inhabiting your belly. But there a…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

These Funny Father's Day Gifts From Etsy Include Dad Jokes &, Of Course, Farts

It's not always easy to find just the right gift for dad on Father's Day. Whether you are like me and expect one gift to say it all or simply can't pinpoint what dad likes these days, you might spend hours scrolling and clicking without turning up th…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's How To Tell If Your Toddler Actually *Needs* You Or Is Just Testing Limits

If you have ever put a toddler to bed and answered just one more question, responded to just one more call for a sip of water, given in to just one more book, then you are a bona fide pro at dealing with kiddos who like to see how far they can stretc…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Eek — Here's How Your Butt Can Be Affected If You Tear During Childbirth

Moms everywhere found themselves in a collective wince when celebrity Chrissy Teigen tweeted last week about the perineal tear she experienced as a result of giving birth to her son Miles. "I can confirm postpartum life is 90% better when you don't r…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Corgis Are A Great Dog Breed For A Family, Even If You're Not Royal

Whether you fell in love with the breed because you are royal family obsessed or you were once a follower of the late Loki who earned thousands of followers during his time as an Instagram pup, you might be wondering what it would be like to have a C…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

10 Father's Day Gifts For The Gym Dad That Will Make Him Love His Workouts Even More

I was 12 years old when I first laced up my shoes and joined my mom for a run. She and my dad were both runners in high school and college, and they passed that natural love of the sport to me and my three siblings. At 57, they can both still hack it…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

How To Check For Ticks On Dogs, Because It's Officially The Season

My sister has two dogs, which means a lot of drool, lots of love, and a whole lot of checking for ticks, especially in the summer. It was a few years ago that she learned to be extra diligent, following a terrible incident with her eldest pup, Welles…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Here's Why Your Sweet Cravings May Not Necessarily Mean You're Pregnant With A Girl

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was hungry all the time. Those probably aren't unlikely words out of most pregnant women's mouths at one point or another during their pregnancy, but what I did find unusual was the thing I craved the most — an…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

10 Memorial Day Quotes From Presidents That Will Inspire & Move You

There aren't really enough words to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country. But on holidays dedicated to their service, Americans certainly try to make it known just how grateful they are for the freedoms they have been granted becaus…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Before You Put Bug Spray On Your Baby, Here's What You Need To Know

There are many of my traits my daughter inherited that I notice and think, "Ah, well, makes sense." But some of them, like her ability to attract mosquitos in 1.9 milliseconds, are ones I wish would have fallen by the wayside. After all, I know just …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik