5 Tips on Raising a Strong-Willed Child

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully secure the strap all on her own. I've seen the love and care she gives to all of her friends at school. I've observed how confidently she expresses herself to her teachers, family, friends, and us. I know all of these wonderful traits will take my little girl far in life and I feel so honored to be able to tag along for the ride. ...more
JoAnnMaddenCrohn That is pretty awesome. Way to turn the tables! I'll have to keep that trick in ...more

8 Tips to Survive Little League Season

It's spring and that means it's baseball season. I happen to have a love/hate relationship with the game of baseball. Which is kind of tricky because every spring and summer for the past 12 years my life has been consumed with this sport. My husband started my son out in t-ball when he was about four-years-old, and we have spent approximately 50 milllion hours at various baseball fields since then. And, my husband has been his team coach for most of that time. ...more
Great point and yes, a camera is also a good thing to have - I just use my cell phone but DSLR ...more

I Used To Stalk Our Neighbors When My Kids Were Little

There's a couple that live in the house behind ours who are about our age and never had  kids.  Because of how the houses are situated and separated by fences, we don't really share a neighborhood with them and we only see them from afar with the occasional wave and hello, but have never really socialized with them....more

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was In My 30's

Lately I've been thinking about how wise I've become.If you haven't snort laughed yet, you should.  I would never have referred to myself as the wise type.But, now that I'm in my 50's (God, how old that sounds), I am a whole lot wiser than I was in my 30's and 40's....more
survivelivethrive  Yay!  I look at pictures of my son now and can NOT believe how fast he's ...more

How to Evaluate Parenting Resources

When Megan and Steve welcomed their first baby, they were both excited and scared. Neither had much experience with children and they were overcome with questions and concerns that they might not do parenting “right.”When new parents seek out the best resources to help them wade through the confusion of early parenting, they find a wide array of books, websites, and community educational sessions, each offering advice on how to raise a child.  Another constant source of help—and confusion-- is the well-meaning advice of friends and relatives!...more

Game Night: Do You Let The Kids Win?

 I come from a family of avid game players where tradition dictates that at a certain time deemed appropriate, you are old enough to learn how to play various board and card games.  Along with this privilege comes perhaps one of our bigger rites of passage; to learn how to lose; a skill that some acquire and accept more easily than others....more

Parents: Quit Giving Unsolicited Advice

Over the years, I'd had plenty of scenarios played in my head of how I'd raise my future children, what it would be like, and how receptive family and friends would be.  Those preconceived notions were naive and, frankly, looking back on them now, humorous.  I'd offered advice to friends and I hadn't had children, but it was so easy to do because I took courses in child psychology and had done plenty of reading on the subject of children.  Heck, the few times I babysat, I rocked it. ...more