When You Find Yourself Yelling the F-Word at Your Teens

If you’re like me, you are finding that it’s not always so easy to like all the people who you’re living with. Much less love them. At least once a day, I find myself in a combative situation or heated conversation with someone I gave birth to. I even made that observation aloud to one of them this week, in the midst of one such episode, "This is not how people usually talk to me." But he just grunted and kept at it....more
I still try to bundle up my kids with scarves, hats, etc. and they're 19 and 24!!!  The key is ... more

ANA Food Allergies: Halloween Could Kill My Child

This morning I am mad. Really mad. I am mad because I am hurt.You see, my son is a high school sophomore. He is an active member of his school. He has spoken at local Board of Supervisor and Board of Education meetings regarding issues near to his heart. He plays in the marching band (he's the best one out there if you ask me or his dad!) He swims on a summer swim team. He volunteers at a local middle school band camp during the summer. He volunteered out of state at a food allergy camp last summer, giving up a week of his personal time to show these children a great, safe time!...more
I have a deadly allergy (wouldn't even go for a walk around the block without my EpiPen)  and ... more

Teaching My Teen to Drive Is Driving Me Crazy

I have quite a few years before the Teaching a Child to Drive Phase, but reading this recent post at Grown and Flown brought back vivid memories of learning to drive with my parents. One in particular makes me laugh and cringe and nearly pee my pants -- and remains the reason why I still can't drive a stick shift. I see that Mack truck barreling down at my dad's stalled out pick up truck even now! Have you taught a child to drive yet? What's your experience been like? ...more
When I was pregnant with our 1st child I told my husband, "You teach them to drive and hold ... more

Our Teenagers Don't Have a Curfew

I had a curfew, but it was not fast or hard. It changed with the circumstance. Upon reading a recent post by Nancy at Ordinary Miracles, I asked my husband if he had a curfew. He didn't. I don't know how we'll approach it with our kids, but I really like this post! Do your teens have a curfew? Did you? ...more
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that most teens I talk to say that if they have a strict curfew ... more

Our Teenagers Don't Have a Curfew

I had a curfew, but it was not fast or hard. It changed with the circumstance. Upon reading a recent post by Nancy at Ordinary Miracles, I asked my husband if he had a curfew. He didn't. I don't know how we'll approach it with our kids, but I really like this post! Do your teens have a curfew? Did you? ...more
Nope, no curfew.  Gotta give them some way of proving their maturity and respect and ... more

Should You Start Sharing a Nanny?

I never considered a nanny, because unless you have tons of kids, they don't make a ton of sense in a smaller city. However, I know plenty of big-city friends who find nannies more prevalent and affordable than institutional or home daycare. But ANY kind of full-time childcare -- especially infant care -- is ridiculously expensive, often to the tune of more than $1,000 a month. Would it make sense for you to share a nanny with another family? Kathleen discusses the ins and outs of sharing a nanny in this informative post. ...more
Lots of positives and negatives with this one. Great idea in theory though, sort of like a ... more

My Tempered Tantrum

As a stay-at-home mom who spends her days changing diapers, napping whenever possible, and regularly speaking in high-pitched, sing-songy baby talk, I sometimes think I can actually feel individual brain cells shrivel up and die. I’ll take intellectual stimulation wherever I can get it, including from this blog, my virtual time-out chair....more
I can remember finding myself in a grocery store checkout holding a bag of flour which I was ... more

I'm Terrified of This New School Year

While a large majority of parents are looking forward to school starting again, I am not. You see, my son has some major learning challenges and school to this point has been hell for everyone involved. He's miserable, we're desperate and the teachers are insane. Will and school have not mixed well and we are all wearing the battle scars from five years of fighting to help him learn, fighting to help him control his behavior, fighting to keep him out of trouble for things he is unable to control....more
Poor Will, it's agony trying to fit into a round hole when you're a square peg. Plus, ... more

Holding Our Children Accountable

Knowing when and how to teach our children about right and wrong the corresponding consequences can be difficult for any parent. Lisa at Being What I Want to Be proves a good point in that when children try to hide something that they've done, it's probably a good indicator that they grasp the "this is wrong" concept and can be taught those consequences. When and how did you start teaching your children about being accountable for their own actions? ...more
It's not making children aware of when they've done something wrong, but rather making them ... more

Taking Obese Children From Their Parents

Recently, Harvard University child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig advocated for the removal of severely obese children from their homes. An estimated two million children in the United States would qualify for this government intervention. Say what?...more
I wrote an article about this and did a news appearance to discuss how to prevent or stop bad ... more