Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

I left my two year old at the playground

I know that sounds alarming but before you call child protective services, please hear me out. My son is at the age when he likes to test boundaries. I should qualify that by saying he tests me, his father doesn't seem to have a problem with him and he is well-behaved at pre-school. But Mommy?...more

You didn't actually leave him or even quit looking at him. But hey, you mean ...more

Too Busy for Chores

My family members and I had an interesting debate on Thanksgiving.  We began to discuss the responsibilities our respective children had at home.  I was shocked to discover that many of my older neices and nephews were not required to do consistent chores because they were so busy with sports and other extracurricular activities that their parents felt they didn't have time to do chores and keep up with their school work.  My kids are 11, 7, and 7.  They are expected to do daily chores and keep up with their schoolwork.  My kids are also very active.  they are ...more

When Does Bullying Start and Stop?

My five-year-old has been lucky so far. She's never been bullied.That I know about....more

My son's been both and had huge problems last year and some of this year at school for ...more

A Widowed Mom Reviews "The Boys Are Back"

Hollywood loves the widower as romantic lead. Clive Owen’s character in the Boys are Back promises a trifecta cliché: he cared for his wife when she had cancer, he parents their small child, and he has no idea how to do laundry.I can see the screenwriters salivating: enter the beautiful divorcee with a kid the same age, cue music, and as the sun sets we know closure’s been reached. And no one really expects a movie to hit it on the head when discussing an issue like losing a partner and raising a child amid the stress and numbness of grief. ...more

Troublemaker

There can be few things so embarrassing or troubling in a parent's life as being called into the Principal's office. If you thought it was bad as a kid, it's nothing like being the so-called adult in the relationship and still not getting it right....more

Operation Terrible Twos

Out of my intrepid fear of cliches, I may have been unclear with Tuesday's post. Even though we survived the Spawnocalypse--two and a half years of transition from daydreaming newlyweds to sometimes-haggard parents of back-to-back babies--this journey and blog are far from over....more

To spank or not to spank? Study says early spankings make for aggressive toddlers

A new study of 2,500 white, Mexican American and black children from low-income families suggests that early spankings make for aggressive toddlers. According to the study, which is published in the journal Child Development, "Children who are spanked as 1-year-olds are more likely to behave aggressively and perform worse on cognitive tests as toddlers than children who are spared the punishment, new research shows." ...more

I have a huge problem with the quoted study "2500 low income 1 yr olds". First, why does a 1 yr ...more