3 Unexpected Ways to Bond with Your Kids

One of the best ways to bond with kids is to have fun with them. Sharing joy is the most powerful way to connect with young children. When there’s laughter, smiles, friendly roughhousing, silly teasing, games, or creative play, relationships are strengthened....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

5 Ways to Love Being a Stay-at-Home Parent

I wrote this article a while back, and it might be helpful to some parents, so I'm sharing it here today....more
This is perfect! I really love the part about your house not staying perfect because that is ...more

Dearest Children

Dearest Children of Mine,Today, as you read this letter, you're preparing to move out of our home. I'm sure you're giddy as you load your boxes into the trunk of our car, and I'm sure your dad and I are nervous as we check to make sure your doors lock properly....more

Practicing Nonattachment Parenting

Nonattachment parenting means being able to let go gracefully when things don’t turn out the way we want them to. We need to master the skill of “not holding things ‘too dear’.” Here are a few things to avoid getting attached to as parents:EventsIt’s good to avoid getting attached to events like Christmas, a favorite concert, or a cookie exchange....more

One Great Question to Ask a Babysitter

One great question to ask a babysitter in an interview or any time is:What do you feel (we) parents can do to help you do your job easier or better?This question tends to do a few things:...more

Mom Goes Ghetto

'In the latest edition of, Mom Goes Ghetto, students at the local Junior High School were shocked by the appearance of a classmate's mother in the pick up line today' ......Uh, that would be me.  Guilty as charged.  I have brought motherhood down to a whole new level, ghetto style that is.  I am kinda the lone wolf in this undeveloped pack...more

If I Could Slow Down Time

   If I were ever able to slow down time I would slow down my children growing up. I know it sounds crazy because who wants to spend a lifetime changing dirty diapers and having safety latches on the cabinets. Which face it the only people those safety gadgets are keeping out of anything are the parents. ...more