Letting Go This "Back to School" Season...

As seen on The Hodge Podge Diaries posted 09/06/13 It's been a while since my last post and I think that Mothers everywhere can relate when I explain my apparent absence is due to the madness that comes with the completion of summer holidays. Can you relate to the feeling?... ...more

15 Things I Want to Teach My Children

It had me thinking about what it is that I'm doing. What am I trying to accomplish with these three little beings? The most obvious answer is that I'm trying to raise them to become full grown, functioning, well-adjusted members of society. Beyond that, though, I started thinking about what it is I want them to learn. What do I want them walking away with after they've spent their most formative years with me? ...more
Happiness is about balance. Young people, particularly teenagers but also those in their early ...more

Stick a Fork In Me: The FInal Weeks of Pregnancy

    As originally posted on The Hodge Podge Diaries 06/19/13...more

Booger Etiquette

 As originally posted on www.thehodgepodgediaries.com 06/12/13There's something about a child with a cold that drives me up the wall....more
@MegClarkHPD  lol the lead photo is fabulousmore

Life Lessons and Hard Work

For me, one of the most challenging aspects of parenting is the good ol' "life lesson".Those moments where you wish more than anything you could intervene; saving your child from the pain that comes with a fall, the consequence that comes from a mistake, the fallout from a social faux pas or the disappointment that comes with a hope unfulfilled ....more

Hands Full & Loving It

Originally posted on The Hodge Podge Diaries 05/07/13I always knew I would have three children... I come from a family with four girls and couldn't imagine a life without chaos. In fact, when I was in college living in a tiny apartment with my (now) husband, I would have music playing and the t.v on full blast, just so I could concentrate enough to study. ...more

Cops & Robbers and Other Taboo Subjects

Originally posted on The Hodge Podge Diaries 05/01/13 As a mother, I often pride myself on not allowing the "crowd" to dictate my parenting choices, to trust my God-given intuition and go with my gut. ...more

The Man and the Little Bird That Could

Originally posted on The Hodge Podge Diaries 04/22/13 As today is Earth Day, I thought it rather appropriate to share the following story......more

Young Children and the Web: Internet Safety Tips and Educational Websites to Get Your Kids Online

As seen on The Hodge Podge Diaires, originally posted 04/21/13http://www.thehodgepodgediaries.com/2013/04/young-children-and-web-internet-safety.html In this day in age, technology is everywhere you look. It's integrated into our everyday lives, from cell phones to tablets, laptops to e-readers and whether you embrace it or shy away, you and your children will be exposed to it in one way or another. ...more

Rest In Peace Rehtaeh Parsons and the Conversation Too Late...

In the past, there were often stories in the news that would shake me to my core, leave me feeling helpless, disgusted and fearful for the world my children are being brought up in. I felt like I wanted to DO something. to SAY something, to grab a hold of humanity and give it a good hard shake. I may not have the widest reach in the world, the largest, most diverse demographic, but I have YOU. ...more