I don’t know about you, but I always have really high hopes for the summer. Not only is it a time for everyone (including me!) to decompress a little, but it’s also a time for kids to grow in other ways, discover their passions, and just have some good, old-fashioned fun. It’s also a time […]
Letting Kids Be Bored Is Anything But Boring
“I’m bored.” Two little words that strike fear in the hearts of parents everywhere. There is little worse than a super whiny child who’s just soooooo bored. He wants TV! He wants video games! He wants a plan! He wants you to entertain him! I’m not going to lie: I give in…a lot. I certainly […]
It’s September: Time to Get Back on Track!
It’s back-to-school time for the kiddos, and that means it’s time for all of us to get back to reality and back on track, too. Not that we aren’t smacked in the face with reality and responsibility every day of the year—we’re parents, after all. For most of us, summer looks a helluva lot like […]
How to Boost Your Preschooler’s Math Skills Before Kindergarten
My son is starting kindergarten next year, and if you’re in the same boat (or have been), I know you can relate: Your little one isn’t so little anymore—sob!—and even if he has a few years of preschool under his belt, this is different. This is real school, and you want your child to be ready. […]
How Your Kids Can Have an Old-Fashioned Campout at Home
I’m going to be completely honest here: I love the idea of camping with kids, but I hate actual camping—with kids or without. Which oddly, doesn’t pose as much of a problem as one might think because I’m a mom and I have solutions! But first, my issues with camping. They’re numerous, but I’ll […]
My Summer Bucket List: One Month to Go!
It has recently come to my attention that summer will be over before I know it. I’m not sure why this feels like such a surprise to me, but it does. And at the risk of sounding like a petulant 4-year-old, I’M NOT READY!!! That said, since I don’t have the time (or the floor […]
To My Little Loves on July 4th: Don't Get Any Ideas
It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and we’re having fun, aren’t we? We’re making red, white and blue cupcakes. We’re going to barbecues and fireworks displays. You’re wearing star-spangled outfits because I just can’t help myself. And we’ve been learning about the significance of the holiday, which is just as important […]
Dear Olympics: Is Money More Important Than a Baby's Health?
The Olympics are making me see red right now. No, not red, white and blue. Just red. Why? Four little letters and one huge disease: Zika. And I want to scream another four-letter word at the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organization for saying that “there is no […]
The One Thing You Absolutely Need to Do for Yourself
A little vanity isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I’m starting to think it’s necessary if you want to make it through the first few years of motherhood with your sanity semi-intact. I say that because at varying points in the last four-and-a-half years, I’ve been that mom. You know, the […]
The Four Little Words That Can Change Your Life
“What’s your advice for the mom-to-be?” The words were staring up at me from a pastel-colored card, as the giddy excitement of the baby shower buzzed around me. This should have been easy. I’ve been a mom for four years, I just had my second baby, and I write a parenting blog, for crying […]