Posts tagged "parents"

Sports parents: are we all just nuts?

Sports parents: are we all just nuts?
As I drove back from a long weekend, I could help but wonder if I’m a little crazy.  Well I know I am, but when it comes to my kids and sports, I think I’ve found the real definition of insanity. I needed to get my oldest down to Cincinnati at 10 am for a... Read more »

Some PTO parents really need to go get a job

Some PTO parents really need to go get a job
17 years ago when my oldest started kindergarten, I couldn’t wait to jump in and get involved.  I was eager to meet real people that didn’t cry, hit or throw tantrums.  Unfortunately my first interaction with the school, included all of those things but it was from full grown women. Being both nervous and excited... Read more »

Do parents need to make everything a pissing contest?

Do parents need to make everything a pissing contest?
Do you have friends that no matter what you’ve experienced or accomplished, they’ve done it too, only better?  Instead of purging those people from my friend list, I kind of like having them around.  I’m not sure if I actually like them, or find it more of an amusing game because I like testing to... Read more »
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The benefits of scheduling kids

I’m cruising down the highway on a Sunday morning at 5:45 am.  I look at the other drivers wondering who else would be on the road this early on a chilly morning.  I’m surrounded by Lions, Tigers and Bears.  Further down the road there are Titans, Spartans and Warriors.  No, they aren’t rebellious church goers.... Read more »

Back to School Bliss: A parent's survival guide

Back to School Bliss: A parent's survival guide
My favorite commercial is the one where parents are happily shopping for school supplies, while the song in the background plays, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year….”  Don’t get me wrong, I do love having the kids around all summer, and am literally watching them grow up before my eyes, so am thrilled that... Read more »

Why I'll never write a book about raising teens

I can’t believe I have to do this four more times.  With having a 14 year old, I’m only two years into the teen phase, and I’m not sure I’m going to make it. The way I understand it is that all kids go through this insane transition period.  A parent can either choose to... Read more »
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Let's Party - unique kid's birthday ideas

Let's Party - unique kid's birthday ideas
I’m typically a ‘have it at home’ party mom, but my kids have been attendees at some insane celebrations.  Whenever I’m at one of these over the top gatherings, it’s difficult not to wonder how much those parties set parent’s back.  You can always pack a picnic and make your own fun in Millennium or... Read more »

Sports Parents - what kind are you?

Let's face it, most of us will not raise kids like the Mannings.  We're in this to offer all the good things that sports provide such as self esteem, confidence, discipline and life-long friendships.  We'll experience good and bad, but if we, as parents, control how we react to it, both children and parents will have a MUCH better experience!
I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life watching youth sports.  The last couple of years I’ve really settled into a groove and started having time to watch parents.  Some of them are rotten crazy, some are fantastic and most are somewhere in betwen. Whenever I’m watching a big event, such as the World... Read more »

Silly Bandz, Zany Bandz, Crazy Bandz, Arm Farms... the fad kids love and drives teachers crazy

A few weeks ago I noticed in the store some odd shaped wrist bands made out of rubber.  They were in the shape of farm animals, and my initial reaction was, boy are those stupid.  Well, apparently I’m no visionary.  Last week my middle child was given the bracelets for her birthday.  The other girls... Read more »
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Youth Sports - how young is too young?

As I completely outfit my three-year-old from head to toe in his soccer gear and think he is the cutest thing on Earth, it really dawns on me how old he’s getting.  So like any modern-day mom, I promptly post his picture on Facebook and wait for the compliments to pour in. The first “friend”... Read more »