Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of ...more

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

When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards could be shared this week. His little sister danced around behind us, waiting her turn at the Pinterest wheel of DIY. And I was about to lose my mind. ...more
phyllismyung redshutters I remember so much more focus on Valentine’s Day when I was younger. ...more

Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft projects for their kids to make at school, and meticulously assembling gumball dispenser valentines for their kids to hand out to their classmates. ...more
That is what I did too, Dollar Tree Valentines boxes and last night I had about an hour of my ...more

9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else staying at 24-hours. Only then, we might feel like we really had a chance to get caught up. ...more

It Isn't a "Stretch" to Love You Valentine's Day Printable

Today's Valentine printable for our Valentine Mailbox Tradition is designed for use with hair elastics. As the mom of three girls with tons of hair (and having a ton of hair myself), I can testify that we always need hair ties. I don't know where they all go, but I buy them fairly often throughout the year!This time I just purchased normal black hair elastics, but they did come with a special gift of a few colored and braided ones that will make it that much more exciting for the girls.If I had thought more ahead, I would have purchased them their favorite kind of hair ties: No Crease Hair Ties....more

Children's Craft for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is just about here and it is not too late make these simple page corners with the children in your life.Dollar Store paper and stickers is all you need.Click here to see how...more

Creating a Family Budget, Amazing Race Style

Developing a family budget is an excellent exercise in humility and shame. I highly recommend it as a way to get your ego in check if you’re feeling overly confident, or just need a quick slap in the face. It’s especially advisable if you or your partner recently lost a job, have massive debt to curb, or are expecting children....more

In Which a Trip Goes Awry and It Turns Out Fantastic :)

My middle kid, my younger son, plays the tuba. (As does my youngest, but for purposes of this post, we shall be referencing my son. ) Around November/December, he started talking to me about going to the Tuba convention in D.C. Mostly because he needed a tuba repair and the top, primo, tuba repair guy in the entire country (at least as it's been explained to me, I know nothing, I just pass out the money) would be in attendance ....more

Charitable Tax Deductions for Host Families

Many families hosting J-1 exchange students may not be aware that if they itemize their taxes, they can claim a deduction of $50/month for each month the exchange student lived in the family’s home. This deduction should be included in the charitable contribution section of one’s tax return. The key elements of this deduction are:...more

Spectacular Valentine's

Oh, dear Lord...more Valentine's Day stuff. I hear ya. Last post on the subject, I swear! ...more


WARNING : DO NOT scroll through this post if blood makes you queezy :) I feel like I need a "SPOILER AHEAD" warning or something HA Occasional break of dawn cereal dates before daddy heads to work ^^ And Ryan's 15 toys he insists on bringing to the table to eat. :) Little angel sleeper ^^ He's obsessed with being in the bath ^^ mostly just to play with his "water sharks" Watching Ryan play sharks in the bath ^^...more

O"FISH"ally The Best Valentine

I have another classroom valentine idea for you today. This O"FISH"ally The Best Valentine is not a new idea, but I made up a new tag. I used bright colors and fun fonts ....more

Gift Love Away :: Date Night In :: Nebraska Famous Steaks

Mmmmm. Beeeeeef. Growing up, I hated steak ....more

A Beginner's Guide to Life as a Crabby Person

It's been months since I've woken up smiling and eager to start the day.Wait, let me start over, I don't want to begin this confessional...more