About Dara Squires

Dara writes a regular syndicated parenting column and an irregular blog.

She tweets and titillates and talks about tits.

And she does other stuff too.

How to Keep Your Child Believing in Santa


We all KNOW Santa is real, right? I mean, sure we all went through that phase when we were younger where we decided our parents had lied because we found the price tag still on our boombox. But those were foolish days. The thing is, all kids go through that doubting phase. And it’s difficult [...]

Mothering in the Moments


My days have become impossibly long and difficult since becoming a single mother. A single mother with no shared custody and little child support. A single mother who has uprooted her children to a new living situation in a new city. A single mother with a child with a behavioral disorder, another with a genetic disorder, and [...]

How to Make New Friends After Having Kids

Your new friends should be getting up at sunrise, not staggering home from the bars.

When you become a parent, many of your old friends fade away. Maybe they’re tired of hearing about where Jr. has smeared his poo… or maybe you’re tired of hearing about which corner of the pub they’ve throw up in. It’s somewhat harder making new friends as an adult. It’s not like when you were [...]

How to Maximize Your Social Media


Social media is more than just Facebook, and social media tools are more than just Hootsuite. Frankly, I always found both Hootsuite and Tweetdeck annoying. Running multiple streams kept me from concentrating on a single stream. Their functionality is amazing, but their dashboards leave a lot to be desired. But as a social media manager [...]

Of Mice and Women


Did I mention there’s a mouse in my house? Yeah, cuz there is. It’s all cute and it lives in the walls and scampers along the water radiation pipes. I can hear it, at night, in the living room, cleaning up the crumbs the kids have left from sneaking Rice Krispies squares behind the couch. [...]

The Real Porn for Women


The line that hits me strongest (so far) in Caitlin Moran’s book, How to Be a Woman (which my awesome friend, Andreae, loaned me), is: “Imagine if pornography was not this bizarre, mechanized, factory-farmed fucking… Imagine if it were about desire.” Moran goes on to talk about how pornography would look if women were making [...]

How to Improve Your Health Without Diet or Exercise


We’ve all read the articles that tell you how to cut out wheat to lower inflammation or increase exercise to lower heart attack risk, but did you know there are ways to improve your health without touching your diet or exercise patterns? Determinants of health are much more than this individual factors:   . Photo [...]

What’s Better Than Kisses and Gold?

It all started in The Garden.

School started last week. By the end of day one of third grade at his new school, my little seven year-old Romeo had a girlfriend already. Apparently three of the girls fought over him–if the stories are to be believed. I have to admit, I had a hard time believing them. Hello! They’re seven. They [...]

Amazing Life Advice from Someone Without a Life

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I love all these online articles that fix your life in the ten seconds it takes to read them. Want to know how to get and keep a guy? Or shave your legs so they’re stubble-free for a week? (Those two might be connected) Or lose weight and feel great? Or channel Martha Stewart? Well [...]

A New School Year, A Fleeting Grasp of Sanity


Summer isn’t officially over until September 22. But every mom out there knows summer ends the week school starts. Ah, school. Send up a mom cheer! At one point, I was planning to homeschool. But then I re-established my link with reality. I mean, yeah, maybe if I didn’t have other stuff to do and [...]

An Encyclopedia of Rape

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Hey, sisters. You might be confused by all the definitions of rape out there these days. We’ve got everything from Todd Akin’s “legitmate rape” to the softy-soft “date rape” we all hear about (and, yes, experience). And then the FBI went and changed their definition of rape this year. Which is awesome, because they’re not [...]

How to Be A Hippie Earth Mother Crunchy Mom


Listen up chicas, you want to be famous? You want to be on the cover of Time magazine? You want legions of fans who slurp up your words like thirsty wolves sucking at the recently torn jugular of young sheep? (Okay, maybe I need to work on my similes) You want that, you got to [...]