How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...more

If You See My Teen Doing Any of These Things -- Tell Me!

These days of parenting are different, aren't they? We're on a hair-raising new frontier of child-raising that grows more technologically complicated and confounding with every new iteration of "iDevice," social media platform, and social sharing ...more

8 Ways For Parents to Survive Youth Sports

I fondly remember vacations from youth sports, that precious week or two between the end of one season and the beginning of another. I power-walked at the local field without suffering a concussion from random fly balls. I shopped for groceries ...more

Fitess Expert Jenna Wolfe's Smart Tips to Get Lean in 2016

Small steps can add up to big changes and an overall healthier life. That's what fitness expert Jenna Wolfe will tell anyone who will listen. And with her new book, Thinner In 30, the busy mom of two is putting some walk behind her talk.  ...more

Every Child Is Our Child (RIP Noah Chamberlin)

Most of my writing is typically devoted to the portrayal of the humorous side of parental life; this isn't one of those times. This choice of topic is a departure for me, because it feels unbearably heavy, and I know that for some, it'll feel too ...more

What I've Learned From My Brother's Suicide

Being the oldest child gave me a few privileges growing up. One that I remember clearly was being able to stay up later than my brother. It was probably only 15 to 20 minutes later, but being eight or nine years old at the time, it seemed like I was up until midnight! ...more
I lost my brother the same way and I can't say the words yet. I hope we can be of help to each ...more

Learning How to Say No

I think one of the hardest parts of life is saying no. If you are a parent, you might be constantly saying no to your children. It starts to get easier. However, when it comes to helping and volunteering for things, I have a very hard time saying no to people and commitments. Perhaps it's the mother in me. Moms are very giving people who are willing to sacrifice their own time and energy for others. ...more

Surviving the Tattle Battle: A Quick Guide For Parents

Whether in the classroom or at home, tattling can drive adults crazy! We all want children to have the ability to solve problems on their own. However, what we often forget is the complexity of the social/emotional skills involved in problem solving. ...more

Do All Dogs Go To Heaven? I Really Hope So.

Some of you may remember my blog post from Thanksgiving about being thankful for the gift of Cooper in our lives. He had recently been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, so we knew the time we had with him was short.Turns out, it was a little shorter than we'd hoped, but longer than most receive.Two weeks ago today, Cooper's journey came to an end. He was 11....more

Do All Dogs Go To Heaven? I Really Hope So.

Some of you may remember my blog post from Thanksgiving about being thankful for the gift of Cooper in our lives. He had recently been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, so we knew the time we had with him was short.Turns out, it was a little shorter than we'd hoped, but longer than most receive.Two weeks ago today, Cooper's journey came to an end. He was 11....more

8 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

Valentine's Day is not just for adults, why not surprise your teen with a  gift on that special day.  If you looking for ideas here are my top 8 picks. ...more

A super Super Bowl

Of all the NFL fans in the country, I think we're the luckiest as we look forward to tomorrow's Super Bowl 50. (By the way, am I the only one who finds it weird that this Super Bowl is not denoted with Roman numerals?)Why? Because we can't lose.We're big Broncos fans in this house ....more

How to Have an Awesome Valentine's Day When You're Broke

   Hi Ladies, this is a post actually written by my sister but I really needed to share it for her here since we are all women and I knew you would love this! ...more

How to Have an Awesome Valentine's Day When You're Broke

   Hi Ladies, this is a post actually written by my sister (napavalleywebdesign.com) but I really needed to share it for her here since we are all women and I knew you would love this! Valentine’s Day is bullshit.  I know it.  You know it.  We all know it.  But, as much as we’d all like to give Valentine’s Day the finger, we don’t want the people we love to feel left out.  Am I right? ...more

Empties Video February 2016 – See My Garbage!

An empties video is a funny thing. You keep all of your garbage just to show people that garbage and strangely enough, people find it interesting to watch! I know that I enjoy watching a good empties video! ...more

Standing in the Patience Line

When it came time to check out in the grocery store the other day, I began perusing the lines to see how many items each person ahead of me had in their baskets. ...more

Valentine Story

from: History Tales for Primary Grades by John Walter Wayland, published in 1919, and intended for teachers to use in the lower grades. He explains in the intro: “A studious effort has been made to simplify and unify these stories by leaving out those details and circumstances that would only distract the child, and to make them vital and vivid by enlarging such details as serve the main purpose.” Personally, I think too many details are left out, but the illustrations by Maude and Miska Petersham are adorable. “The 14th of this month (February) is called St ....more

You Knock My Socks Off Valentine's Day Printable

I always buy my girls new Valentine's Day socks every year. In fact, it was the very first thing I ever put into their Valentine's Day Mailboxes, with a quick note that wasn't really very cute. While my design skills have improved over the years, my Valentine's Day sock tradition has stayed sold.So, here is this year's "You knock my Socks off" printable, along with a pair of adorable socks ....more