Why I love our Wednesdays

Wednesdays are the best days of the week for me - Wednesdays are our family days. On Wednesday mornings, I try to do something special with my son before I take him to school: Give him a new maze to do; complete a worksheet; read a short book together. It's my way of spending those few extra moments with him that he wants and needs....more

Family Night: Goodbye Summer!

I was looking through my blog a few weeks ago and I realized that I was a way better mom before I had three kids.Truth.I've heard it from a lot of mommies.  Two is doable, manageable, one-on-one team formations.  Three?  Three throws you over the edge.  I have heard though that if you can get to three and survive, then four, five, six, and so on, are no big deal.  Just throw 'em on the pile!  (Not that I will be testing out that theory.  Rest assured, I will not.  But that's what I've heard.)...more
The thought of saying goodbye to summer makes me sad but we did it in our own way this weekend ...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

Family Fun Night Ideas

When we got married we did our best to combine the traditions we brought from our respective homes.  For instance, adults get stockings and a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve at my house, a tradition Sean was more than happy to adopt.  And on New Year’s Day, Sean’s mom serves pork and sauerkraut, a brand new taste experience for me. While I enjoyed continuing our family traditions, I was anxious to create some of our own....more

The value of family dinners and giving our children presence

What if there was one thing you could do to lessen the likelihood that your child would get involved with smoking, drinking or doing drugs; lessen his/her chance of developing obesity; and help him/her do better in school? What if that thing was as simple as having regular family dinners together? ...more

I have fond memories of my 2 brothers and I sitting around the table as close to nightly as ...more