Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or when I play as if I’m going to leave him behind somewhere, she flips out! ...more
Sounds like sweet siblings :) We don't force our daughter to hug us or relatives because we ...more

4 Ways We've Raised Our Daughter to Not Only Be Good but to Do Good

If there's one thing I've learned over the last three years of being a parent it's that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I’m just being honest. I read all the books, took all the classes, listened to all the unwanted wanted advice, and watched all the parenting videos but let's be real - there is nothing that can prepare you for having your first child. It's a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions....more

This mom doesn’t want your advice. Do I?

Here is a hard truth about myself, based on 44 1/2 years of experience: I don’t like unsolicited advice. I ask for advice and/or opinions on a regular basis. But the reality is that I don’t generally like when someone just freely offers their opinions on how something should/could/would be done. I admit it. I like to be my own advocate....more
chelseanenno I think what wounds me is the idea that they are learning at such an early age that ...more

I Survived My First Year as a School Mom

I’ve been walking a tight rope strung between two high rise buildings in the middle of New York city. Too much weight on one side and I could’ve slipped, free-falling 72 floors to my premature death. For the last 10 months, I tried meticulously to find balance in my first year as a mom of a school-aged child. ...more
Congratulations! It does feel like a parental accomplishment. My older child just finished K, ...more

Snow Days Just aren't the Same

  What do you remember most about snow days?...more

I Used To Stalk Our Neighbors When My Kids Were Little

There's a couple that live in the house behind ours who are about our age and never had  kids.  Because of how the houses are situated and separated by fences, we don't really share a neighborhood with them and we only see them from afar with the occasional wave and hello, but have never really socialized with them....more

The Pinterest Mom

A friend of mine had a party for her two year old this past fall (her adorable, highly articulate, and abnormally verbal 2 year old, lol). The theme was "Barnyard" or "Farm" because this little girl, like many 2 year olds, loves animals! The decor at this party was out of this world. A chocolate cake outlined with kit kat bars that resembled a mud hole, complete with little pink fondant pigs face down in the mud and even backstroking through the chocolate. There was no question my dear friend had looked to Pinterest. Pinterest has become a phenomenon....more

The Great Debate: Only Child Syndrome v. Stop Touching Me!

So I grew up with an older brother.  He majored in teasing me.  I minored indoing better in things he enjoyed and subtly boasting about it.  I feel like siblings gear you up for politics.  We didn't get along and we rarely talk now.  My wife was an only child and now gets mad if one of her 5 yogurts she bought for the week is gone because I was hungry.  Although one of the nicest people I know, she never learned to share....more

The Power of "yes ma'am" and "yes sir"

I don't know about you, but I was raised saying "yes ma'am", "no ma'am", "yes sir" and "no sir". I spoke this way to my parents, their friends, my grandparents, teachers, and adults in the community. As an adult I answer everyone this way including my husband (not because he asks me to, but because it's respectful). As a kindergarten teacher I found that when I answered the children with "yes ma'am?" or "yes sir?" they did the same to me in return. It created a positive climate in the classroom and mutual respect. The same can and should be done at home....more

Parenting Karma - The Gift that keeps on Giving

When it comes to parenting small children (and teenage girls), karma’s a witch spelled with a “b.” Everything you do and say comes back to bite you in the ass.  A vague reference to getting  ice cream at some point turns into a nonstop litany of “but yoouuuuu saaiiidd we could get ice cream.”  And, god forbid you fail to deliver on a promise to drive your daughter to the mall with her friends.  This grave offense may result in seeing a...more