A Note to My Kids on Social Media: I Was Here First

A post entitled, "A Note to Parents: How to be a "cool" parent on Faceebok (as written by a kid on Facebook)," was brought to my attention last week and I loved it! Go ahead and read it… I’ll wait here for you… Oh good! You’re back. I loved this article because she hits the nail on the head. There are SO many parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles on Facebook today that actually joined AFTER their kids did (there are also plenty who still haven’t joined but that’s another post), and have really lost their cotton picking minds on what should be common sense. In a word -- STOP STALKING YOUR KIDS. That’s not cool....more
Great timing to come across your post! I am experiencing some angst over my son's use of FB. You ... more

When Do We Teach Kids to Conform vs. Being an Individual?

Tomorrow is picture day at my kids' elementary school, and this year is a big one: My daughter is in fifth grade. While the children in the other grades usually sport a range of attire (with my kids typically at the most casual end of the spectrum), fifth graders are supposed to step it up significantly. Since the start of school, I've been receiving notices about fifth grade picture day. All of them have contained this language: Fifth grade boys traditionally wear dress slacks, button down shirt, tie, jacket and dress shoes. Fifth grade girls traditionally wear dresses....more
It is such a fine balance isn't it? Not just picture day but everyday, in all sorts of ... more

Don't Stop Believin', Baby

I've noticed that Tink's pants are getting a little shorter. Her long sleeves are starting to creep up above her wrists. It happens when you have kids. You've no more gotten in the door with a new back-to-school wardrobe, and they've already gone up a size. But, this. This is different. Because she's not just growing. She's growing UP. And clothes aren't the only thing she's about to outgrow. It's Christmas. And I feel like I've been punched in the gut. Because I have started to realize...she's about to outgrow Santa....more
My son is 13 now and I've since recovered from the moment Santa was no more. Now it's a matter ... more

I Don't Care About Your Diet or Your Extra Five Pounds

It's that time of the year when everyone is abuzz with New Year's resolutions. They include "lose weight," "exercise more," "get healthy," and a million others in between. I'm not against resolutions, but what I do hate to see is an unrealistic attitude and approach on the losing weight one -- and the biggest offenders are women. ...more
Kristen, so true. We are so hard on ourselves!  I am in my 40's and every once in awhile it hits ... more