I'm always looking for opportunities to stay involved in my son's educational experience, which has gotten a little trickier since he moved up to middle school. In elementary school, there were more ways for me to feel plugged in to his experience, as well as to engage with teachers and staff. Now there are no more apple picking trips, family dance nights or in-class … [Read more...] about Plugging In When Your Middle-Schooler Wants To Cut The Cord
As moms we know that sometimes parenthood is no bed of roses. We’ve all had our share of less than fragrant close encounters, from dirty diapers and baby vomit to being stuck in a conversation with someone at the PTA breakfast whose breath smells like they were a little too generous with the onion cream cheese from the bagel platter. At least these situations are usually … [Read more...] about Kids and Body Odor: If You Smell Something, Say Something?
I recently took my 11-year-old son for his yearly well visit with the pediatrician. At the end of the appointment, and after being assured all was indeed well, the doctor handed me a nifty little printout detailing the visit. The first page listed current height and weight, any labs and tests ordered, results from vision and hearing screening, and any follow up appointments … [Read more...] about Wait, All Of A Sudden My Baby Is An “Adolescent?”
My son's friends came home with him after school today to hang out for a while. As the boys tumbled through the door, divesting themselves of their jackets, backpacks and sneakers (no shoes in the house!!) I noticed that one of them was sporting a pretty nasty cough.Normally I'm not paranoid about other kids' coughs, sneezes, or runny noses - kids get sick, including my own … [Read more...] about It’s Just a Cough, Right?
This is my family's favorite recipe, Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss cookies, which I start baking at Thanksgiving and continue baking right through Christmas. They've become a holiday staple at my home - when my son sees them come out of the oven he knows it's the official start of the holiday season. Friends and family have come to expect them and they are perfect for gift giving … [Read more...] about Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies