Old Enough To Speak?

Walking the line between providing your children with a moral, ethical or cultural compass with which to function in society and allowing them the freedom to form their own opinions and be their own person can be tricky....more

10 Reasons To Get Kids Into The Garden

There is a rumor going around that it may touch 60 degrees in this part of Michigan today. If it does, it will be the warmest day we've had in four months. It has been a long, cold winter and everyone is more than ready for spring!  I'd be willing to bet garden centers all around the area will be bustling, even though it's really too early to trust the warmth....more

Wonderfully Maddening

.Being a parent is wonderful, but at the same time, it’s completely maddening.  As soon as I think all is well and I’m doing pretty well as a parent one of our kids decides to push their limits...more

My Loves and Loathes of Motherhood

As all we mothers know, motherhood is so fulfilling... But it can also be a pain in the ass. I was thinking about all the things that I so love about being a mom (trying to be positive here), but then all of the things that I strongly dislike started popping up to. So, I've compiled a list (two actually) of the top ten loves and loathes that I have about being a mommy. Enjoy:Love:...more

depressed mommy

I am a mother of 4,I am feeling depressed lately as I realize I dont have long left and they will all be out in their own lives and that thought crushes me and I know it shouldnt.My oldest is already gone and lives in another state,who knows when I will ever see her again.Although my youngest is autistic and will be 12 this year I know there is possibility he will always be home,but I always dreamed of my house always full with my kids,friends,family,grandkids one day and just everyone flocking to my home,But now I feel this pain inside as we have moved so far away from any family and frien...more

I Believe

Daily Prompt: I Believe by Krista on March 16, 2014For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.~~~~~~~~Three things that I believe in my heart to be true:1. There is a Higher Power.2. We are all meant to love one another.3. Children are our future.Three things I believe in my heart to be false:1. Most everything I read on the internet.2. Most everything I watch on the news.3. Most everything I hear on talk radio....more

10 Reasons to Ban Handheld Devices for Kids 12 and Under

First let me say that I'm not posting this because I agree with everything, though there are some valid points backed by research. But I do want to share the article and let you make your own decisions. In this piece, pediatric occupational therapist Cris Rowan does a great job laying out 10 arguments on the dangers of handheld devices to children under 12. She cites sources and definitely knows a thing or two about the subject....more

Sharing Your Past with Kids…Would You Do It?

Recently, I provided comment to a CNN story that followed up on President Barack Obama’s announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. During the announcement, he stated that when he met the young men of the “Becoming a Man” program, he shared his story (including drug use) and admitted that he had made bad choices. The focus of the CNN story was would you share stories of your past with your children or others....more

Parenting Twins: A Narrative

Dulce and Natalina want to watch a show....more

HEY, MOM, IS THAT A COP?

I don't often have time to go on wacky adventures with my kids anymore. We're all busy, unlike the lazy and horrific days of yore when I had to spend all day walking them two miles to the library and two miles back because they were babies and I didn't have a car, or a life, or any friends. So, if you were wondering why I hadn't posted any adventures, lately, that is (thankfully) why.Anyway, that ended today when we went to mail out our Valentines.But it's February 24th, you say. Why on Earth are you sending out Valentines now?...more