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Should Kids Ever Play with Guns?

Like many parents, I made a few vows against vices before giving birth to my son, such as no TV, no junk food, no sleep training, no kid clutter and no taking them to the groceries or the mall. Some I abide by but most are now laughable. As it happens, one of those vows included no playing with toy guns. Well, turns out we have toy guns… sort of....more

They Are the Best of Kids; They Are the Worst of Kids

There are some things that set me off. I lose my temper and I say mean things. Last night in the car with both kids, L screamed. She has a scream worthy of a slasher film, and it pierces my skull. She screams when she's happy, when she's mad, or just for fun, like in the car last night. I yelled at her to stop (yes, I see the correlation), and told her that screaming and yelling in the car can distract the driver, who could get in an accident, and we could all die. That's right. I told my my three-year-old that her screaming could actually kill us....more
Oh my goodness, thank you for writing this. I adore my children. I too think they are wonderful ...more

5 Ways Your Kids Can Help You Get Healthy in 2013!

Looking to get healthy in 2013? Did you know that you already have a great resource for doing so? Yep! It's your children! Maryann at Raise Healthy Eaters shares five ways that your kids can help you become the healthiest version of you this year. Check it out! ...more

Raising a Son: I Don't "Get" Boys

Raising a son: It's very different from raising a daughter. Not in some ways, but in others -- it's a completely different experience. I'm not talking just about pointing the peepee down when changing diapers (a lesson I sincerely wish someone had mentioned before I went through a week of leaking diapers; postpartum, with no sleep, it took a ridiculously long time for me to clue in). I'm not even talking about learning all of the names of farm equipment and construction vehicles, or understanding why fire engines and trash trucks are so fascinating. I'm talking about the deeper things. I'm talking about masculinity....more
Great post! I feel the same about boys. My boyfriend's son is 14 and I cannot relate to him AT ...more

Pasta Sauce & the Unnecessary Pressures of Parenthood

Stop and think for a moment about the last parenting thing that stressed you out. Was it a necessary stress? Or were you placing unnecessary pressure on yourself to be the best? Tricia at Raising Humans is letting go of some of that, one jar of pasta sauce at a time. ...more
I'm also good at not feeling guilty ;) I'm constantly amazed at the expectations parents (women) ...more

Tips for Living on One Income During Unemployment

On September 28, 2012 (yes, I have that date memorized), my husband unexpectedly lost his sales job. With no warning, with no severance, and with no vacation pay-out. He told me at ten that night after our daughter had gone to bed, and we stood there in silence for a few minutes, our expressions mirroring each other: utter shock....more
@Cindyhuber  @HomeIsWhereYourMomIs It actually makes an excellent board game holder. You can ...more

Holding Back the Ocean: Parenting Adult Children

I struggle to let go, to let my kids experience things on their own. I do it, because I know I have to for them to grow up to be functional adults. It made me feel a little better that even seasoned parents like Sharon at Empty House, Full Mind struggles with it -- but in a different, much harder way. This parenting thing never ends, does it? ...more
Please, don't stop I wanted to read more!!!!  I'm new at this and some guidance would be ...more

Say Cheese! And Other Parenting Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year! It's time to make resolutions. Or goals. Or whatever you want to call them. Last year, I made some parenting resolutions for 2012, and minus the whole photo book thing, I think I did rather well. As such, I thought I'd go ahead and set some parenting goals for 2013....more
These are amazing ideas. My favorite is the last one which is to go to 10 new places with your ...more

Nie Asks: What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

The holidays are over. Now we look to the new year. What are your New Year's resolutions? Me? YOGA! Now your turn: Do you do resolutions at the new year? What are they? I want to know! Happy New Year, everyone!...more
To finish writing my book about raising a child with multiple disabilities. My 5 year old ...more

The Best and Worst Mom Moments of 2012

Well, it's the last day of 2012. I don't quite know where the year went, but here we are, on the cusp of another year. Before we look ahead, I always like to look back at the year that was and reflect on what happened, how we grew, what went well and, well, what didn't go so well at all. It was a busy year for us -- new house, new school, new stuff all around. I got thinking: What was my best "mom" moment of 2012? And what was my worst?...more
Worst: April through June with my oldest while we were figuring out med changes. It was hell for ...more