Parental Poker (AKA, How Not To Have To Clean Your House Anymore)

It was said best in the cinematic blockbuster and now classic movie to those of us growing up in the 80's, UNCLE BUCK:"I'm earning my keep. Uncle Buck's got me bustin' my hump. He says a little hard work will put some hair on my chest. At least I'm learning a trade!"--Macauley Culkin as Miles...more

Growing up too soon

On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid....more

Parents can't tell time anymore

It's quiet in the house. You've done your nightly sweep through the kitchen, but there are no dishes left out. The living room is cleared of enough toys that you can make your way through it without stepping on something. Somehow the laundry was done and the clean clothes are in the basket, but folded, so that counts. You baby is asleep and still tightly swaddled. A quick check of your work email indicates that there are no emergencies. Now what do you do? ...more

5 Genius Ideas for Chore Charts!

My kids don’t mind helping around the house, but there is no routine- I have to ask them to do each thing I’d like help with. “L, please empty the dishwasher.” “A, please put your toys away” Feed the animals, bring your laundry down, dust your room, make your bed, brush your hair!We’ve tried a few things in the past, but nothing has stuck. A few cute ideas have popped up on my screen lately, so I think it’s time to try something new. Here are my top picks for great Chore Charts!!...more

Free labor: The case for childhood chores

Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son. I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and still take out the trash. That takes good time management skills.  ...more

Cinnamon Rolls vs. My Kids

Several weeks ago, on a lazy morning, the kids asked me to make them cinnamon rolls and it occurred to me that they've never made them on their own. That's right, my almost 10 and 7 year olds have never made pre-made cinnamon rolls, something I'm sure I could've done with my eyes closed when I was their age....more

The family business

My husband wears a lot of different titles: He is the love of my life, a dynamic dad for our son and my best friend. I also like to think of him as my business partner. ...more

"You Mean EVERY Day, Every Day?"

Why is it when you remind your teen to do a job that they do, their excuse is, "I forgot." You forgot?  Like, you do this thing [taking the trash bags out of the trash cans] every day....more

Chores For Kids, How To Make It Happen

Here is a new article that I have published at Moms Magazine! I have a huge extended family.  I mean huge.  A small family dinner when I head to California is easily 30 people.  It's fun, messy, loud and chaotic and I can't imagine it any other way. Everyone, even the little kids had responsibilities in our family....more

5 Reasons I Really Suck At Preparing My Kids for Adulthood

I've been a mother for a long time. 27 years, to be exact. I've had kids in my home for this long, since after I was halfway done raising my oldest son, I had two more, then married a man with three kids of his own. Sheesh. I should be a professional parenting consultant or something. Oh lordy, that made me spit Diet Coke out of my nose. I am not.even.close. to a professional....more
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