Erin Rehill-Seker

A few years ago, my then eight-year-old daughter told me that she wished I could write down all the things I told her so that she wouldn’t forget them when she got older. In that moment, my daughter gave me such a sense of validation, something I hadn’t really experienced in that way. As parents, we don’t often receive confirmation from our children that we are doing a good job, or that we even know what we are talking about. Since that time, I’ve started to pay more attention to the things I tell her, often thinking to myself “Will she remember this when she is older?” So, this is for her, my words of advice to be read, thought about, laughed at, and maybe even used, when she is older.

An Olympic Dream Unwatched

Whenever I catch a glimpse of Olympic news, I am struck by a myriad of different emotions: frustration, sadness, regret, annoyance, even anger. These were not the feelings I experienced while actually watching the games, however, but were instead caused by the fact that I couldn’t watch them....more

Top 10 Offenses that Turn Me Into a Raving Lunatic

I work from home. This means that I am actually inside my house the majority—if not all—of the day. Every day. Therefore, the list of things that drive me crazy has been steadily growing. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m becoming less patient, or maybe I just need to get out more. Either way, the members of my (poor?) family are both the perpetrators of some of these acts and the recipients of my all-out insanity when they occur....more

"Relax, Mom," Said My Wise Seven-Year-Old

The other night, my seven-year-old son looked up at me and said, “Mom, you should really relax.” What? Me -- not relaxed? I mean, how could I not be relaxed? We were sitting on the couch watching a movie, as I aimlessly surfed the Internet, reading status updates and deleting an endless stream of unread emails. I’ll admit, his question caught me off guard....more
Our children are often our teachers.  Often we learn from the ups and downs of parenting. ...more

A Dream Realized: Opening Our Own Store

Some important milestones have recently passed without any acknowledgement here on my blog—my daughter’s 12th birthday and the one-year anniversary of creating a Book for My Daughter....more

In Defense of My Children

 Most people would probably agree that I am not a confrontational person. In fact, I will do just about anything to avoid conflict. Even when it involves my children’s well-being, I am not quick to attack....more

The Bribe

I learned an important lesson this week. It's one that many parents have already learned—possibly the hard way—as I did. I did something that should have been prevented by common sense, but unfortunately it was nowhere to be found.I BRIBED MY CHILD.Specifically, my son....more

Finding My Village

It takes a village. I used to wonder what those words really meant. I mean, I live in the suburbs and I don’t even know my neighbors. What kind of village am I supposed to be a part of and how do I join?...more
@JennaHatfield I know that feeling you are describing. It's almost as if your body just relaxes ...more

My Daughter is a Nut!

I say this with love. Some days, I am completely floored—often with laughter—at her completely skewed approach to life. Just the other night, we were having a nice time together watching television—I was crocheting, she was on the computer....more

Chore Wars: How I Got My Kids to Clean the House

This is a true story.Yesterday, my children were arguing about doing chores. Their argument went something like this:Daughter: I’m going to unload the dishwasher.Son: I get to clean the bathroom....more

Confronting a Bully

Something happened this week that completely shook me. I received a call from the school’s psychologist telling me that there had been a bullying incident involving my son and three other boys. My heart skipped a beat upon hearing those words. So many questions immediately flew into my mind:“Is he hurt?”“Did he do something to another child?”“Was my son the bully?”“Is he in trouble?”“Was he ganged-up on?”...more