Her Own Style

My daughter, like most kindergarteners, is really coming into her own. She's always had a strong personality, one that makes my son's spirited personality look a little mousey. She's the kind of kid the phrase "pick your battles" was made for. Perhaps you have a similar kid?The number one way her personality "shines" is through her clothing. She loves to be comfortable and wear anything that makes her feel good. She doesn't care what colours they are these days, though for a while there were two colours: pink and not-pink.She hates her hair being brushed, jeans and turtlenecks. She loves 'soft pants' and headbands and comfortable shoes. Yeah... she's a mom in training, who doesn't like soft pants and comfortable shoes??At her age, my son still wanted me to pick out his clothes and tell him what to wear. Not so with my daughter. She picks her own clothes. (My son, now 10, has only recently entered this stage... now it's hard to get him to wear more than one or two t-shirts that are his favourites.)Some days she walks out of her room like she's in a ball gown and tiara... but really, she looks like this:...more
She is adorable and I love her style!more

My Daughter Reunited Me With My High-School Frenemy!

My 3-year-old has a best friend at school and was SO excited when her friend’s parents invited the whole class over for a BBQ. We arrived and I soon found out that her best friend’s mother was my biggest enemy in high school. You know, the petty gal that never got over the fact that I took her spot on the cheer squad, the gal that hated that guys liked me better than her, the girl that spread nasty rumors just because… I know, let bygones be bygones, grow up, etc. But come on—can’t I encourage my 3-year-old to pick a new friend?...more

Can Your Daughter Pick Up a Hammer?

Inspired by the recent question blogged here "Can Your Teenager Use a Hammer"? I thank the writer. Her original question brought a lot of fun with it. I thought I would add to the discussion and tell you about a child I know.When that child was 18 months old she helped her dad rewire an old lamp. Deed done, with a mind of her own she dressed to go to the fair. She was not sure what a fair was but she was going in her brother's fireman's hat, feather boa, black patent purse, jeans and shiny shoes....more

Talking to My Daughter About Love -- and Race

Because her brother stayed home, A and I had a nice long ride to work together today. She's been having some trouble sleeping lately.  Talking about that led to talking about her dad and I, and that led to talking about relationships and being in love. Thinking of SG and I, I offered her some of my thoughts on what I find to be important in relationships, such as choosing someone that you really like and enjoy beyond that sensational feeling of floating you get whenever you're around them, and choosing someone who really cares about you and who is kind and sweet....more
Just like Forever 17, I raised my children to understand that race/culture should not be a ...more

My Daughter Is Rolling Her Eyes!

My six-year-old has become super sassy in the past few weeks. We've been in school for only three days and I'm already getting eye-rolling and a bunch of "whatevers". It’s making me prematurely grey! How do I stop this so that my sassy six will make it to her teenage years?...more
OMG people, really? The kid is rolling her eyes! Punishment?! Seriously? For expressing her ...more

To Make Her Smile

Tawny was rolling silverware when the two of them walked in.  Mother and daughter.  She'd watched their white Honda Civic circle the diner three times, looking for the door.  She rolled her eyes.            "Smile, Tawny," Sue Ann said.  "You get way better tips when you smile."            The mother tapped the point of her big, rainbow-striped umbrella on the floor as she and her daughter walked beside the row of booths.  They didn't sit ...more

My Summer Camp Nightmare

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My Daughter The Mother!

There are some things in life that individuals just get naturally.  My oldest Daughter, who is five, is a natural mother.  Maybe the better word would be boss?  At any rate she knows how to keep things in line and she is not afraid to use her "authority" when the situation calls for action. Sometimes I wonder where she got this desire to "direct"? ...more

It's Been A Year

Well, not really but it sure feels like it here.  My last post was Monday and that has got to be the longest I have gone between posts.  Feels kind of weird like I'm breaking a habit or "addiction".  This past week has brought tons of doctor appointments, time with Daddy and time with our youngest that has come home for a visit.  This girl, me, has been incredibly busy this week.  A drove all the way from California, by herself and made it here safely.  Sadly she is to venture back the same way on Sunday and so my stomach will be in knots again.  S...more

Middle School Madness

Raising a 13 year old has proven to be a really hard job. It’s wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But it’s challenging as well. Here’s this brilliant person you’ve raised since the beginning. And over time they are changing because that’s what happens when kids grow up. Soon, they are thrust into the in-between world of Middle School, surrounded by other in-betweeners who are all growing at different rates and reasons. Put them together, and suddenly a world of Awkwardness is created....more

But you survived! That totally gives me hope! ;-)more