The other day, a close family relative of mine (or at least I think of her as close) came to visit. I hadn’t seen her in a year and a half. She and her 3-year-old were only in town for five days. Prior to her arrival, I invited them to stay at my place the night before her flight so we could catch up. She said yes. The day before her departure, she changed her plans and … [Read more...] about When Is It Cool To Play The Kid Card?
When my oldest was about 18 months old, I started to phrase questions such as “It’s time to brush your teeth, okay?” or “We’ll do that activity later, okay?” When my youngest was old enough to understand what I was saying, I continued to end statements with “Okay." Initially, I thought I was doing the right thing but whoozers has my second child proved me wrong! You see … [Read more...] about Kicking the “Okay” Habit
Now that my oldest has almost completed kindergarten (sniff…sniff, they grow up so fast!), I'm worried that he will forget everything he has learned. My lofty goal for the summer is to keep him learning throughout it. My plan for my son is to do some type of learning activity every day for 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be technology focused, for me it’s all about keeping … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Stop the Summertime Slide
Usually I blog about tablet technology (which you can read about here) but since I’ve spent the last five days with my two young boys, 3 years old and 4 ½, I thought I would change things up a bit. The more parenting I do the more I realize that it is about survival and nature over nurture, particularly when raising boys. Here are a few of my observations: 1. Moms who … [Read more...] about 8 Horrifying Facts About Raising Boys
Now that we're two months into the new school year, I'm reflecting on all of my parent-to-parent school relationships. I wonder how I rate on the playground? Is there even such a thing?One area which I'm still getting a handle on is play dates. Since my kids are young, they want me to stay with them while they get to know their new friends. As a result, I end up chatting with … [Read more...] about Awkward First Playdates