Trick-or-Treat Lasts For Weeks Around Here

I put the kibosh on the unlimited Halloween candy fest the day after beggar’s night. The boys gorged for one glorious day.“Gorge!! Are you serious??” my 13-year old protests as he reads over my shoulder. “I had one Butterfinger on beggar’s night! The next morning, as soon as we woke up, you told us we could only have two pieces.”...more

I put it all in one bag and keep it in my closet. I give them three pices at three different ...more

The Stay-At-Home Mom Syndrome: Do You Have It?

When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of becoming a mother someday - one that stayed home and raised the children. I wanted 2 kids since I am an only child. Both of those things have come true, so why doesn't it feel wonderful 100% of the time?I used to enjoy working hard at work (thanks for the great work ethic mom and dad!) because I knew that eventually I would get recognized and even possibly promoted for it. And of course, I loved bringing home a paycheck!...more

I use to feel that way too, because I was a workaholic, twelve hour days and two jobs going ...more

How Martial Arts Can Prevent Fighting in Kids

My 11 year old son has been taking Tae Kwon Do since he was 4 years old and is preparing to test for his black belt, but in the 8 years that he's been studying martial arts he has never once had a real life situation that called on his years of training, until yesterday. ...more

An Interview with The Scarecrow

I have a theory.        Ya see, I am close to brain dead, most days. I recently explained to a friend that telling me something is like putting water into a cloth bag. It all leaks out. I forget everything. I write things on my hand, have a calender in my purse and a giant one on the wall, a dry erase reminder board, and when all else fails, I write notes to myself that I hang in places where I will literally walk into them. ...more

Kids eat quiche????

Do kids really eat Quiche???...more

Some do and some do not. The least picky eater we have won't touch quiche because she does ...more

Top Ten Parenting Principles That Keep Me Sane!

With over 2200 bedtimes under my belt, here are some parenting principles that rise to the top. (Note: these are not guaranteed, and will probably implode during the teenage years...)1. Show your children that you love them, at eye level, with eye contact, and with lots of hugs and affection....more

Giving all kids self-esteem, not entitlement

It used to be that parental praise was doled out sparingly, if at all. Our parents and grandparents didn't expect their folks to constantly tell them what a good job they were doing or how great they were; that's simply not what was done. And then pop psychology came along and told us that out kids need to develop good self-esteem, and that happens with our praise, and then somehow an entire generation of "Good job!"ers took over the world. ...more

Thanks for the link Mir.

I'm amazed how "failing" or "floundering" in pre-k is hurting ...more

Help, I’m Totally Frazzled!

I would like today’s Blog to address a comment a friend of mine made to me the other day. It went something like this: “Erica, I have to tell you, I’m losing my patience.  I’m yelling at my kids a lot lately.  I can’t remember the last time I sat on the floor with them to do a puzzle. I’m short tempered with my husband. I’m pulled in a million different directions, and I’m completely frazzled!”...more

Bug Painting, Literally!

I think this was one of my kids favorite activities so far. We went outside to one of our flower pots by the pool where we can easily find bugs, frogs, geckos, etc. gathered a couple worms, grubs, a beetle and an earwig. Going on a bug hunt was fun!...more