Spring is here…and parents beware. There’s trouble lurking when kids get too old for the Easter Bunny. When you have older teenagers, warmer weather means the annual spring music festivals are coming. And there’s not much that’s innocent about these merry music events. Music festivals have not changed much since Woodstock, the famous “3 Days of Peace & Music” wingding … [Read more...] about Spring, Teens, and the Trouble with Music Festivals
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I love playing music for my daughter, and have since she was still in my belly! Ever since she was a baby she has responded so positively to music. She loves to dance to it, and now that she is older, she loves to sing along. Her favorite thing is for me to press “the magic button” which is the repeat button in our car stereo so we can listen to the same song (I kid … [Read more...] about Getting Musical With The Whole Family
Studies have, for a long time, shown that deep breathing, mental imagery, deep massage or acupressure, and the presence of a constant companion or coach during labor can ease labor pains, making the miracle of birth more, well, enjoyable. During the birth of all three of my sons, all three vastly different, I used all of these methods for pain management during labor. But … [Read more...] about Secrets for Easing Labor Pain
Most people are ashamed of family violence. Ashamed that it happens in our communities, ashamed to be victims, ashamed to be perpetrators. So naturally, with all this shame silencing everyone, it’s hard to know what family violence really is. Lack of concrete details of the events that occur behind closed doors makes it easy to dismiss a vague charge of abuse as a slap … [Read more...] about Where Do You Draw The Line Between Discipline And Assault?
Getting your kid ready for back to school can be a daunting task. You might want to make a checklist (see link below) for getting ready for back to school. It will help you get organized in a sane way for that first day of school and starts a month before school and goes up to the first day. Additionally, follow these 5 steps to make getting organized for school a little … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get Your Kids Back on Track for School