If I’m being honest, I’ve made dozens of parenting mistakes. Some have been easier to bounce back than others. I’ve make mistakes like yelling when I’m mad or not thinking something through before I say it. However, there is just one parenting mistake I wish I never made and wish I could redo! Here’s the back story...
I remember when it first hit me that my little boys weren’t like other kids. We were enjoying a picnic lunch with one of those Is This Fattening? mommy groups I joined in order to get away from Oprah. I noticed, with a healthy dose of fear and pride, that my sons were the only toddlers listening to grownup conversations.Perhaps this was when I ruined them forever....more
There are plenty of unpleasant things we have to do as parents: wipe runny noses, clean bottoms, guide our kids through adolescence ... The list is long. What we don’t consider to be on that list — or at least I didn’t — was having to tell our children bad news. From the death of a loved one to a school shooting to a terrorist bombing, modern parenting includes almost a guarantee that, at some point, we’re going to be breaking bad news to our children, well before they should have to hear it.
You Might Be Home Schooled If: Your teacher makes you stop in the middle of math class to pray about your attitude.Grocery shopping or lunch with the grandparents is a "field trip".Walking the dog or riding your bike is "gym class".You do math and language with a cat on your lap.There's only one other person in your class.You've made your teacher cry.You make fun of the kids on the school bus when it goes by.Part of your curriculum is chores.You get your birthday off school....more
I hate the word "bully". We use it so flippantly in our society. People are mean to each other; kids and adults say and do horrible things out of fear and insecurity. It happens. Bullying is the name we've given repeated, hurtful decisions, and I guess those actions need a word....more
As a mother, one of my most important jobs is to teach my children empathy. What better way to do this than to put them in Mommy and Daddy’s shoes for a day? This St. Patrick’s Day, take a page from Mama Tries Blog and devote the day to exacting revenge on your wee ones by giving them a hefty dose of their own medicine - all served with a spoonful of sugar, of course. Mess with their Mealtime...more
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