Life Lessons From a Horse :: Pushing Through the Fear

One of the toughest lessons to learn is when to quit or when to push on through. Tough for us to learn for ourselves, and doubly difficult as a parent! Rowan (age 6) began horseback riding in June (see our past lessons posts here). She loves it, with a quiet delight and a surprising calm determination....more
So true! yes, I was thrilled, and might have been smiling even more than she was at the end of ...more

Lost in Translation

Have you ever been in a nail salon and the nail technicians are chatting animatedly and giggling? I don’t know about you, but I always get really self-conscious and just assume they are talking about me. I always second guess my preparations – or lack thereof. Should I have pumiced my heels before coming? Should I have clipped my nails? Oh my God, I forgot to shave my legs! Thankfully, I only have this onslaught of language-barrier induced insecurity when I get pedicures. At least that was the case until I had kids....more
It is terrifying! Some days I think living in a bubble would be easier!more

CPS Showed Up at My Door: An On-Going Lesson in Consequences

I received a knock on my door this afternoon, and when I answered it I was met by a small, blonde woman who announced that she was from child protective services and she needed to talk to me. If you've never had that experience (and I hope you never have), let me try to describe how it feels. Your heart starts racing. Your mind starts spinning, frantically trying to recall something -- anything -- that could warrant a visit from CPS. I was in full panic mode, but trying my very best to hold it together. Or to at least not pass out....more
I am so sorry. This happened to me (not b/c of a blog post but a crazy neighbor I will write ...more

Key Tips for Staying on Track with Medications

These tips were circulating on a couple of cystic fibrosis (CF) message boards and I thought they were  excellent so wanted to share them with you. These tips are good for not only us parents, but also important things to teach our kids, too. I am sharing them with my 11 and 13 year olds who both have CF....more

Hilarious History

My husband's brother has a boy a few months older than the girls. He sent us a video of his son answering many historical questions correctly. Who was the first President? George Washington. Who was the sixteenth President? Abraham Lincoln. Who is the current President? Obama. Who said the British are coming? The British are coming! Who said that? Paul Revere. So, Carlos and I decided to test our own children. (I haven't taught them one damn historical thing...but you can bet I'm going to start.) ...more

What My Little Girl Taught Me About Makeup

If there is a gene for self-decoration, I don't have it.  I admire fashionable people.  I boggle at their creative abilities and the truly bizarre joy they derive from spending time and money in the seventh circle of Hell the mall.  I used to watch "Fashion File" every Sunday morning, could make educated commentary on a given designer's spring or fall collection, and could even pick out knock-offs walking down the street....more
Hahahaha! People say that to me, too, though in the case of some of my family members, their ...more

Our Parenting Priorities Are Out of Whack

My husband's parenting priorities are totally out of sync with my own. When it comes to parenting our boys (ages five and seven), my huz, "E," focuses his efforts on two things: personal hygiene and sibling bickering. Examples: E has a Zero Tolerance policy when it comes to bickering and fighting. If the boys are playing Super Mario Whatever on the Wii, and someone's character powers up with someone else's magic whatever, the boys will fight. If E is around he will enforce the Zero Tolerance policy with an iron fist. Arguing over a Wii game? No Wii for one week!...more
Too funny! My hubby just recently jumped on the sleep/eat well bandwagon, which is awesome ...more

Finger-Sucking Good

When the twins were infants, I rejoiced and counted my blessings for many reasons, not the least of which being that they refused to take a pacifier. What luck! I thought. No constant disinfecting of plastic tabs, no finding gross old pacis under the couch, no losing every single dummy just when I need one the most. No crying at night or during nap when the babies couldn't find their little rubbery paradise. ...more

Our Children Are Not Our Masterpieces

Leaving our children alone to develop the skills to be their own best fans is very difficult for many parents. Every grade in a class, every game of baseball, is another opportunity for our children to feel successful or to feel like they have failed. But succeeding and failing are important parts of growing up, and allowing them to find their way, as much as we can, without interfering in their internal development, is what makes the best adults. One of the lines in the article that really made me think was this: Your child is not your masterpiece....more
Very refreshing to read this! We have a generation of children growing up in the everyone gets ...more

New study shows how specific training helps kids with reading and writing struggles

If you've tried tutoring for your child who struggles with reading and/or writing, you're wasting your money (or at the very least, frustrating your child).Yet another study shows that intensive brain training to strengthen certain cognitive skills is what really works for dyslexia and dysgraphia.The study followed 50 9-year-olds who had reading and writing struggles go through 40 minutes of brain training for 12 weeks. (Group #2 was given traditional "remedial tuition" that is offered by public schools.)Group #1 worked on:...more