My favorite games for fostering self-regulation

 In another post I discussed how to nurture self-regulation in young children and here are a few of my very favorite games for preschoolers — and maybe older toddlers– that do just that....more

Parenting & Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is not a real holiday. Yet it is around this day of the year that we discuss love and romance the most. When I say “we” I mean more of the royal “we” because I know I’m not the one doing the talking. My husband and I don’t treat it as a real holiday....more

Valentine's Day In Schools: Are We Teaching Kids the Right Thing?

I always imagined my parents exchanging Valentines all through elementary school: my father eyeing my mom's glossy black hair as he tucked heart-shaped cards into her shoebox; her tiptoeing over to his desk with candy hearts while he was at baseball practice. They met in first grade, went on their first date to the Sadie Hawkins dance in junior high, and married at age twenty. I was born two years later and grew up longing for more attention from my workaholic father and my mother who was busy attending to my younger sister and our home. ...more
@mykidsrcraycray RichBergmanBook That is so sweet. I have a friend who does this with his sons ...more

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Our "If You Do This, Then We'll Do That" Children

Back in the day (at least my day), when my then young children had to comply with my instructions, I told them what to do and they did it.  No ifs, protests, or anything as  a matter of fact....more

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When Did Being a Good Mom Turn Bad?

I remember the moment well. About four years ago I invited a little girl over to play with my kids. Her mom dropped her off and we chatted while the kids played. Then she told me she'd be back in an hour. About seven minutes later, apparently our basement full of toys became completely uninteresting, and three little people carrying a science experiment book confronted me. "Pleassssssse can we do something in this book? We won't make a mess," they begged. ...more
All mums are torn constantly between the stay at home thing and the working mum thing. Such a ...more

Nothing Beats a Three Year Old's Pillow Talk

"Mommy? Mommy??? Will you lay down with me, for just a few minutes?" Every now and then there are nights when my daughter has a hard time falling asleep.  My husband or I will lay on her floor next to her bed.  What else would I be doing with my evening? Probably watching some mind-numbing reality show.  A little time on her floor is much more entertaining and we have the best conversations when this happens. ...more

What Toilet-Training My Son Taught Me About Myself

Published in BLUNTmoms.Some people blame God for life’s difficulties. I don’t. I blame my 6-year-old son. He’s a darling. I love him like crazy. But his bathroom manners have a long way to go....more

Quiet Busy Mornings, Loud Busy Afternoons, In Between Evenings, & Smooshed Nights

That's what a life in the day of this stay-at-home mother is like - quiet busy mornings, loud busy afternoons, in between evenings, and smooshed nights!My Quiet Busy Mornings go like this:...more