NoPainNoGain

So there was Friday when we were held up in the house over the rain, followed by Saturday morning and early afternoon where we were held up in the house because I was sick. Then there was Saturday late afternoon while it was still light out that my migraine began to diminish....more

Game Time

I spent the latter part of last week planning to attend a local High School football game to support the coach, as well as the team and school. I was sure not to plan anything that would conflict with the time and day, marked it on the calendar and I even made the request to pick my bambino up from school early on Game day. That was a shot in the dark, but after the request was granted, I begin to solidify plans to go. I was looking forward to having a fun evening cheering from the stands, showing bambino the game of football up close....more

Reading books - the paper kind - every day

Like lots of families, we are purging the massive amount of toys from our household this summer. (Seriously...why does my son have so many cars?) We go through his bins, his closet and his toy trunk, and he identifies the items that he no longer wants to play with so they can go "to other children that would probably like them."...more

Bonding with Baby and Building a Secure Attachment

The concept of “attachment” when referring to relationships and child development goes way beyond the parenting method (and has been around way longer!)  While the methods of Attachment Parenting aim to build a positive relationship and healthy attachment, they are many ways to nurture healthy attachment.So what exactly is “Attachment”?...more

Finding Your People

I have always liked thinking about the relative simplicity of early humans. I imagine that they lacked the need to organize their peers into little piles like we do today: best friends, colleagues, schoolmates, hated enemies, people they drank with, people they prayed with. There was no hustle and bustle to meet with the disparate groups at dumb meetings. All the human interaction our distant relatives needed could be found within their clans....more

Not Every Mother Can Breastfeed But All Parents Can Bond!

On April 18, 2012, I posted a blog on ModernMom.com about breastfeeding titled:  Not Every Mother Can Breastfeed, But All Parents Can Bond.  With all the discussion about breastfeeding, prompted by the recent Time Magazine cover showing a rather grown toddler breastfeeding, I thought I would share the ModernMom post on BlogHer.com.  I copied part of the post below, the whole article can be found on ModernMom using the link at the bottom of the page:...more
It was hard especially on my first baby and even second one simply I didn't produce enough for ...more

For Family Bonding Fun!

If you’re like most loving moms, you’re always on the lookout for a fun family activity to do with your kids. Here’s my modest proposal to add to your repertoire. One morning last week I was sitting at my desk when suddenly I received a call from the school nurse. I love it when she calls, because it’s almost always good news. “I’m sorry to tell you this, Marinka,” she said, “but your daughter has mice.” “Oh?” I said. How fun! Mice are cute and furry. I love all of God’s creatures, big and small. “I wonder where she got the mice!”...more
Oh yuck. Is it naive to hope this NEVER happens to us and I have three kids almost school age? ...more

From Date to Relationship in 5 Steps

Conventional rules of seduction decree that an object of interest must be made to wait. This doesn't work for three reasons: one, it wastes time; two, it runs counter to everything our bodies and hearts say we should do; and three, it has become cliche. If you want to build a relationship that lasts, you have to forge a strong bond. This is how. ...more

Family Night And Vampires

My daughters are fourth generation vampire fans.  They've inherited their love of vampires from me, and I inherited it from my grandmother.  She got me hooked on vampires before they were pulsing in the mind of every tween, teenager, and young-at-heart closet watcher who won't admit they're a fan was even paying attention. ...more

Revisiting Forceps