What is the world going to be like 10 or 15 years from now and how will your children handle the problems that they will be faced with on a daily basis? What you teach your children and the example that you set for them while they are young will help them as they become teenagers, young adults and then parents to our grandchildren. Yikes! It all happens so fast so get ready! Here is what you need to watch for....more
“I would never let someone else raise my children.”
If you're a working mom, you've probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face....more
When my brother and I were little, my Mom was a stay at home mom (thanks, Mom!). When we got older, she got a job to provide for us (thanks, Mom!). And even though she wasn't home after school or couldn't be around to make dinner every night, we turned out fine. We knew we were loved. ...more
My husband and I have done two things we said we’d never do (and neither was reminiscent of 50 Shades of Grey). We bought a house and it’s in the suburbs.Isn’t this the American Dream? Perhaps for many people it is, but it’s never been our dream.After a condo-owning fiasco, we had sworn we’d never own property again. We’d happily fork over cash to a landlord if it meant trading in home maintenance and a hefty mortgage for more fun things, like dining out and European vacations....more
I've spent 24+ years being a parent, and if there's anything I know for sure, it's this: Children learn what they live. You can talk until you're blue in the face, but if you don't act as you speak, your kids won't take to heart the things that you say. Among many others, here are 10 things I taught my now-grown children—guidelines that work for me and that I follow nearly all the time. It's not easy figuring out grown-up life, but hopefully these things help them as often as possible.
First Panel Question agreed upon was: Can effective co-parenting results be achieved between parents who were raised semi-polar opposite? I will say yes. Anything can be achieved when you work together toward the greater solution. When you are working together, you sometimes have to remove yourself from the equation. Not just on the surface, but beyond. If you are working for the benefit of a common interest, your decision should reflect concern for the common interest more so than an independent interest. ...more
Last week I posted the first half of my interview with Anea Bogue, the author of a fabulous book, 9 Ways We're Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop. This week I'm so pleased to bring you the remainder of our conversation. Check out the book when you've finished - it's an easy read, and you will find yourself in the pages, as well as heaps of information to use in your mothering of...more
I'm most definitely not an expert, and I will never claim to be… but right now, I'm just your friend. Sitting across a cafe table, a couple of steaming cups of our favorite drinks between us like they belong there as the woodgrain of the table top weaves it's way around the base of our mugs. We're sharing stories, exchanging knowing nods and smiles because we've all been there… we still are. We're in the throes of this parenting thing. In the trenches of diapers, picky eaters, potty training. and homework (sometimes, lots and lots of homework)....more
Inspired by a post on Wall Street Insanity titled 50 Things Every Man Should Realize, I’ve found myself thinking about absolutes every woman—and especially moms—should realize. Having a child is a wonderful life path to choose, but it can also be tiring and it’s easy to lose perspective amid the Pinteresting of it all. To help us all keep the important things at the forefront of our minds, I’ve developed 25 Things Every Mom Should Realize about herself, men, kids, and life in general.
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