Why Does Paper Beat Rock?

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Sorry, Kid. Elf on the Shelf is Not Gonna Happen

It’s that time again, the time when the cleverest, craftiest moms and dads dust off their favorite Elf on the Shelf Pinterest boards and create magic for their Facebook friends — I mean, their kids! Of course, their kids....more

The Poopaclypse of 2014

The Poopacalypse of 2014 ...more

Please Don't Call Me "THAT kid"

I recently read an article written by a teacher titled “Dear Parent: About THAT Kid.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-murray/dear-parent-about-that-kid_b_6154898.html) I loved it; it did a wonderful job of highlighting the fact that there is usually an underlying reason why “THAT kid” might possibly be displaying some of the behaviors he does. I finished it, nodding in agreement as I silently thanked her for sticking up for “THAT kid”. ...more

When Kids Get Sick

Sometimes, you have good intentions, and life just gets in the way. I have fallen off the post something every day wagon for NaBloPoMo.  First it was computer issues, then a sick kid. Priorities, right?  ...more

How to Change a One Year Old's Diaper in 35 Easy Steps

Today's NaBloPoMo prompt: Write a "how to" post about anything you've got skills for, small or large.A Step by Step Guide to Changing a One Year Old's Diaper:1. Catch baby after chasing him around the couch.2. Lift baby so his bum is in front of your face.3. Conduct whiff test to confirm, yes, he pooped.4. Carry squirming baby to the changing area.5. Place baby on his back on the changing table.6. Commence taking off baby's pants as he tries to roll over.7. Place baby on his back on the changing table, again....more

archived post

Instead of going to see Santa, I write letters to Santa for my kids. They just tell me what to ...more

Archived post

Archived post. See updated posts at www.parenthappy.org...more

Talking and Listening to Our Children: Finding That Special Place

 Children are curious and naturally have a lot of questions.  I'm always intrigued with how my children see things, particularly my older son who is extrememly observant.  Lately, he has used our time in the car to talk with me about a range of topics, some silly, funny and others are serious.  I think it's great when our children open up to us and we can have that special place, no matter where it is, to have discussions....more

Are You A Helicopter Parent? 5 Times It's A Good Thing

 Are you a helicopter parent?I know I am. I am even ashamed about it sometimes, yet I still can’t seem to quit even realizing it might be hurting my child....more