Stephanie Loomis Pappas is a professor turned write-from-home parent on a mission to debunk all the bad parenting advice on the internet. At snackdinner, she uses topics like moldy Sophies, raw cookie dough, and Tide Pods to teach parents how to do better research. Despite all her research and teaching experience, Stephanie still can’t make her 4-year-old go to bed. She lives with him and her husband in Lyndhurst.

"Parenting 101" — a Baby Shower Theme for Curious Parents-to-Be

Parents conduct Google searches twice as often as non-parents. This makes sense, because babies bring with them tons of new questions. But as many new parents will tell you, all those extra Google ... Read more

Last Year's Halloween Candy: Toss or Treat?

When my family relocated to Lyndhurst a few years ago, I was absolutely thrilled about two things: (1) living in a Pizza Hut delivery zone for the first time in my adult life and (2) trick-or-treating... Read more

Is That Toy a Playpen or a Playground?

In Lifelong Kindergarten, Mitchel Resnick, learning researcher and holder of the best-ever academic title of "LEGO endowed chair" at MIT, describes the conditions that breed creativity. To become crea... Read more

Four Reasons Why I Stopped Parenting by Placebo

When two white nubs appeared on my son's lower gums, I was ready. I'd already bought and sterilized Amazon's three top-reviewed teething toys and stored them in separate sealed bags within one of my d... Read more

Summer Library Tour: Four Lessons from Four Branches

My family loves the Cuyahoga County Public Library. We love preschool storytimes. We love using the Libby app to access the CCPL's extensive collection of audiobooks. We love that the library provid... Read more

How to Find Your Child's New Favorite Book

One of the greatest delights of parenting a 4-year old has been letting him independently browse in the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Children's nonfiction is just two stack... Read more

I Thought I Knew how to Research. Then I had a Baby.

I thought I knew how to research. I had, after all, written the book on it: a doctoral dissertation in Rhetoric and Composition. I had taught thousands of students both online and on campus, includ... Read more