Dialing my Extrovert Down....For my Daughter

I am the quintessential extrovert. I thrive off the energy of other people and will talk to anyone who makes eye contact. Just ask the 15-year-old who bags my groceries. Or the lady on the elliptical next to me at the gym. Or my new BFF at the dry cleaners who shares a similar love of v-neck dresses. And you probably don’t want to sit next to me on a plane....more

Does Material Wealth Define You?

A couple of weeks ago on a 'currently' post (here), I touched on my struggle with materialism, it was so well received and so many of you were able to relate that it has inspired me to share my feelings on materialism a bit more in depth. ...more
Avery Lane Glad I'm not alone in this! It can be hard sometime not to get wrapped up in material ...more

I’m Now the Electronic Parent

We were at dinner this past week and ended up being there for almost 90 minutes, which is a long time for Baby Girl to sit.  She did very well in the beginning. She ate food from all our courses, read a book and played with her Hippo....more

What I Do When I'm Mad At My Kids

We all have those days when frankly you wonder why you chose to have children in the first place. One more moody silent treatment, one more argument between the siblings or one more question of "Mom, Can I Buy....(insert Nintendo DS game) and you start feeling a bit taken for granted. I love my kids passionately but I don't always have to like them. I have my ways to get even so to speak because I am mature like that and know how to handle adversity in a very positive, healthful manner.... Enter the infamous Black Bean Brownies....more

How Should You React When Your Children Kiss Each Other?

It all started when the girls came downstairs with a guilty-ish look on their pixie faces. I'm praying that they will always carry such transparency in their eyes, but I'm not hopeful. "What'd you guys do?" Eden {5} looked at Ellie {7} for a cue, then back at me and simply smiled. Ellie didn't miss a beat and said with a bone straight face, "Nothing." ...more
I have no problem with it. When I was a little girl and even a teen, I did the same thing with ...more

The Thing About Tough Love

Foreword By Piya Mukherjee , the resident author at Chatoveracuppa Blog: It is not every day that a parent gets a pat on his / her shoulder. When was the last time someone ever told you that you were freaking awesome as a parent?  And for that very reason this story by Barbara Stanifer is a must read for all parents....more

Controversial Parenting – 5 Ways to NOT Raise an A**hole

I know, what a thing for a mother to say. Unfortunately is has become way to common and reality check, you’re not doing the world any favors....more
I love this post! As childcare provider it is so hard to go through day and be helpless in ...more

10 Things That Every Dad Can Teach His Daughter

10 Things Dads Can Teach Their Daughters ...more

“How to” Ideas for Intentional Parenting of Teens Around Sex

Supervision impacts teen sexuality more than any other input. It is tough to raise a family and to be home for kids, but teens need MORE attention, not less, than other ages.They need mentors and parents to help them find jobs or to assist with college applications. If you or someone you trust is at home, your kids will find it stifling to their sex drive and that is just fine! Make it awkward and hard for them to find a place to get busy....more

Camping with Kids

{All photos in this post were taken with my iPhone. You can expect "real" photos and some videos in the upcoming days. As soon as I recover from our "relaxing" weekend.}...more