Hurry up! You're killing me!

I am at work. An email arrives in my inbox. About two minutes later the person who sent the email is at my desk to discuss the email they just sent me. This drives me crazy....more

How To Wake Up Early (If You’re Not A Morning Person)

To my embarassment, I’m actually not a very disciplined person! I prefer indulging over abstaining. I prefer to go with my heart and not my head. Snooze buttons were invented for people like me. (Visit my blog to read the whole story!)...more

Just five more minutes, Mom

As mentioned before, when it comes to mornings, I am awake and ready to go. This ability served me well in middle school and high school when I was responsible for getting myself awake, dressed and to school (via the bus or my own two feet) on time. I set my own alarm and I didn't hit the snooze button....more

Let's learn something: Bad dreams are scary

I remember the first time my son told me about a bad dream. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I dreamed there was no milk."Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams. His descriptions are always succinct:...more

Bedtime: A Drama Performed in Three Acts

Act 1: In which my son gets clean ...more
With our first son, we had an extensive bedtime routine that involved rocking him to sleep every ...more

#NaBloPoMo Day 24: In Need of Routine

Though I can be spontaneous and do accomplish spontaneity from time to time, I am just one of those people who actually enjoys routine. I do not want you to get the wrong idea, though; I do not like every moment of my time to be planned out or micromanaged. One of the things I have identified recently that makes me not as happy as I could be is the lack of routine....more

How to Create a Routine for Kids

I’ve written about routines here before....more

Routines: A must or a bust? ...more

Children Thrive On Routine and Consistency

I can't tell you how many parents I have talked to that just can't understand why their child is so unmanageable.  Their kids seem to be out of control, they hit, they kick, they can't focus on anything for any noticeable length of time.  So, I begin my usual questions.Me: Can you tell me about your routines at home?Parent: What do you mean?Me: What do you do on a typical weeknight at your home?...more