You ask why your sister got to watch television while doing her homework, because I can count on you to recognize any disparity, but can I? It’s not because your sister gets all A’s or does the majority of her homework without complaints while you struggled with grades and all but refused to do your… Continue reading Because I Said So
Raising kids is hard work. Personally, I find it hard enough to be in charge of my own well being for 24 hours a day, forever, with no breaks, but to multiply that is just barbaric. And at least when you mess up your own life, you do not have as many people telling you… Continue reading Setting the Stage: Helping Your Children Find Values Before they Learn them the Hard Way
Every time I thought about writing this blog, I struggled with what my number one tip for step-parents would be. Well, today that became painfully obvious as I got jabbed across the face with it. So when my step-daughter, the one I raised for the most part by myself for the past 10 years, got… Continue reading Tips For Step-Mothers
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. First of all, it falls in the end of October, my favorite month, in my favorite season. It is not too hot or too cold and the trees are beautiful. It is also perfectly timed. You go out and have your kids bring home a huge… Continue reading How to Maximize Your Candy Haul This Halloween
Once again, the freedom.. I mean the school bells are ringing and although we will soon find a few more hours at home sans chaos, the school year seems to come with it's own set of complications. Whether you are an all hands on deck parent, who completes the science fair project for their kid,… Continue reading 10 Tips for a Smooth Back to School
What I am about to describe, I call the no kids paradox. Picture this. It’s the moment every parent dreams of. Either Grandma, or some God sent individual requests, or agrees after some whining, to take your kids off your hands. If you had plans already, then you are too busy or distracted to notice… Continue reading Best Ways For Moms To Spend Child Free Time
It is not everyday where I read an article and I immediately feel compelled to share it with the world, and more often than not, when I do, it is usually something bad. But today, I came across such a beautiful display of compassion that made me stop and remember what kindness is. I want… Continue reading Where Did Compassion Go?
Once again, it is the most wonderful time of year as parents who less than 3 months ago were counting down until the last day of school are now whole-heartedly awaiting the doors of school to reopen. Maybe the days with bored kids seem long, but we will recall them in just a few… Continue reading The Problem With School Supplies
This title and post was 13 year old daughter approved. The irony that she sometimes probably wonders if all parents are as terrible as I am, is not lost on me. Here I am, where I find myself often, red faced and frowning wondering why I keep committing to the same mistake over and over… Continue reading Are All 13 Year Olds So Terrible?
Sometimes I feel like I am the last person that should be writing inspirational anecdotes about my life. Half the time I am losing my mind and the other half I lost an actual tangible item and I seem to constantly walk around in circles looking for either, or both. There are days when I… Continue reading My Ingredients for the Sometimes Perfect-ish Family