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

Parenting & the Joys of Being a Grandma

My daughter and her son have temporarily moved in with us since they found mold growing almost everywhere in their apartment. We have an uninhabited 2nd floor with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting area. It's temporarily perfect for them....more
lol that's fabulous! Like mother, like son!more

Shooting the Computer Probably Killed Their Relationship

The recent video of the father who shot his daughter's laptop has been getting a lot of attention. Most of the comments that I've seen have been very pro-father, with most of the commenters giving him a virtual high-five for taking a hardline approach to disciplining his daughter. Shoot that computer, Dad! Show her that you mean it! This is what you get if you're an ungrateful teen! I just feel bad for the dad and the daughter, because this video probably represents a tipping point that will result in the loss of their relationship. ...more

Daddies playing with guns

 I would be surprised if  any of you hadn't already seen this video of the dad who shoots a few rounds into his daughter's laptop because she posted a snarky letter bitching about her parents on her Facebook. The video showed up on my Facebook newsfeed many times today....more
I didn't even get into the whole public humiliation as punishment aspect of this video. It may ...more

In for Another Month - How about You?

It's the last day of January today, which means that when I click "Publish" on this post I'll have tied the ribbon on a full month's package of daily blog posts. Happy NaBloPoMo to me! ...more
@SabrinaBlogs Thank you so much! :)more

Parenting with Love, Consistency, and Expectations - Not Manipulation, Bargaining or Fear

So, the other night at bedtime, I totally biffed it and got caught up in the world of manipulation and calling bluffs.It was bedtime and little girl, newly transitioned from our bed to brother's room, still needed me in the room to fall asleep.  Little boy gets a bit distracted by his sister on occasion who plays stand up and flop down games and blows kisses and other things siblings do at bedtime....more

When Discipline Backfires

Our dog appears to be searching the wreckage for survivors....more

Am I A Naughty Mommy?

Christmas is just over a week away and for my family that means there’s been a lot of talk about the Naughty and the Nice lists. Like generations of mothers before I have told my five-year old son that Mr. C keeps two lists: one is of those who have behaved well this year and the other is those who behaved badly, and depending on contributing factors like effort at school, general kindness towards others and a consistent bedtime, every person on earth’s name will end up on either one of these roll calls....more

Family Fued

This is a partial list of all the things I fought about with my 2.5 year old daughter today: Her dress, her socks, her shoes, cutting her hair, brushing her hair, brushing her teeth, her breakfast, her lunch, her dinner, taking a picture, taking her brother's toys, taking a bath, putting on her diaper, going to bed.Here is a complete list of all the things I fought about with my 4 month old son today: Morning nap, afternoon nap, evening nap, bedtime, taking a bottle....more

Emotional Three-Year-Old Breakdowns

It's that time again--when I come to you, my readers for help. Help! Lately, Sawyer has been having some trouble dealing with his emotions. He's three. This is par for the course. But this is my first three-year-old and I am struggling with the right way to handle some of his emotions. I'll give you some examples and then you can (hopefully?) offer some thoughts. When things happen that are upsetting to him, he runs to his room (or behind a couch or chair) and cries. This is different (and yet similar?) to throwing the tantrums that kids start throwing when they're two....more