How to Be Professional

What does it mean to be professional? That term is open to interpretation. When you're first out of school, however, you're not quite sure what to do. Here's a great list of 40 harsh realities and best practices to help you be more professional (or at least fake it) from Kim Z Dale on Listing Toward Forty. ...more
@30ishMom I wish everyone would post this in their offices.more

Are You Using Santa As a Threat?

(Photo credit: George Eastman House)Christmas is such a magical time of year for children young and old alike. But the most magical piece for little ones is Santa. So why do adults insist on using him as a threatening figure?...more
@BlogHerMoms never had too and they are now too oldmore

I Don't Like My Son Very Much Right Now

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m really tired of my son. The level of disrespect and general level of unhappiness is becoming so distressing that I’m barely functioning as his mother. I don’t want to be around him. I don’t want to do anything for him....more
Your post made me cry... I cannot describe how mutual our feelings are... I felt exactly the ...more

To Walk or Not to Walk

This was my scene the first Friday in June. It was the last day of school for my girls and O and I were going to watch them both perform in the school's talent show. He and I had talked about our day, what we would be doing and in what order. I had also prepared a bag (my large pink one) with enough snacks, drinks and activities to last us through the two hours we would be outside at the school. In my mind, we were ready. ...more

OK, Yes. The Twos are Terrible.

Note: I reference a lot of mental disorders in this blog post. I want you to know that I take mental illness very seriously and I'm not poking fun at anyone who suffers from any sort of mental disease. I'm merely pointing out that a two-year-old very much takes on the symptoms of certain disorders, especially demonic possession  Think about it, you could find any symptom out of the DSM-IV and apply it to a toddler. That would make a pretty great psychology thesis! ...more

Pre-PRE-Teen attitude adjustments.....

My daughter is now 9.  She's somewhere in Limbo.  Not a baby or little kid but not quite that teenager.  She's not even a "tween".  These poor girls are not only exposed to behaviors on TV  that are too old for them, but its more prevalent on the playground too.Not to mention the simple fact their little bodies are developing faster and the clothes options are a bit.. short.  ...more

Toddler Tricks - 89: Be Specific

I know, I know, last week I said be vague, but I was talking about different things. When you are promising something, be vague so that they’re happy, but they don’t have any specific image to attach to. Be vague when you’re talking about you. Be specific when you are talking about them. Problem:...more

An Abbreviated Lesson on Behavior, Habits and Change

On Friday, February 17, I attended a class for health care professionals (HCP) titled, “How the Brain Forms New Habits and Why Willpower is Not Enough”.  The purpose for me in going was twofold.  The first, and simplest, is that every two years nurses, as well as other HCPs, need a certain amount of continuing education credits in order to renew their licenses.  While home study courses are a convenient way to do this, I like to attend classes, outside the home, for the social aspect and the richness others questions and comments can bring to the offering.  The second is...more
 @elaineR.N. I know what you mean! I am re-reading this as tomorrow is my day for big changes!more

Sticker Chart Blues

Well, it seems I’ve hit yet another parenting milestone.  We had to put up a behavior chart for both kids so they could earn stickers for being good.We’ve done variations of this with Maddie in the past, but this time it required poster board, brand new Sharpie markers and the best stickers money could buy; My Little Pony and Care Bears puffy stickers for Maddie and Monster Jam Monster Trucks and Cars 2 stickers for Colin. ...more

Willpower: It’s all in your head!

With it being early in the New Year, I have read several articles addressing willpower and how to best obtain it.  While I promised myself I wouldn’t blog on New Year’s resolutions, especially about dieting, I couldn’t resist talking about willpower since I don’t have much, if any, about anything and I finally see a glimmer of hope.  ...more
@FatCat I have no excuse and yet there are times I don't do the exercise I should be doing ...more