Tag: Parenting

An interview with my son on his thirteenth birthday

An interview with my son on his thirteenth birthday
My son is thirteen today!  It is hard to believe that he is grown into a mature, responsible, social and thoughtful teenager. I am thrilled that he still agreed to answer my yearly interview questions. 1.  Who is your favorite person in the whole world? My sister 2. What is your favorite color?  Blue 3.... Read more »

An interview with my 12-year-old on his birthday

An interview with my 12-year-old on his birthday
Today we are celebrating twelve years of our thoughtful son.  We all set our alarms extra early this morning to celebrate him with donuts before he caught the middle school bus at 7:20 a.m. 1.  Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Pass 2. What is your favorite color?  Yellow 3.  What is... Read more »

Broken bones, anesthesia and guilt

Broken bones, anesthesia and guilt
My daughter broke her arm in two places a few nights ago. My guilt is heavy for not being in the room and stopping the reckless game and I’m scared for her first experience with anesthesia.  The injury was not from the trampoline or gymnastics, it happened simply playing with her brother and an odd and unfortunate fall. After five... Read more »
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How to make mom friends

How to make mom friends
The kids are back to school and although our little ones generally transition easily, for some of us it is a challenge to make mom friends.  I’ve made many mom friends over the years beginning with our babies in playgroup.  As is life, people move, new schools start, our kids needs shift and again as moms... Read more »

An interview with my nine-year-old on her birthday

An interview with my nine-year-old on her birthday
My little girl turns nine today!  This year she embraced a new house, neighborhood, school and friends and has impressed me with her resilience, kindness and knowledge.  I’m proud of the strong girl she is growing into and my heart swells when I watch her dance and create art, songs, stories and games. She is... Read more »

Outdaughtered is the new Jon and Kate Plus 8

Outdaughtered is the new Jon and Kate Plus 8
Did you used to watch Jon and Kate Plus 8? If yes, you need to see Outdaughtered on TLC. Many years ago when my kids were babies, I loved to watch the young “normal” parents as they navigated eight children.  I admired Kate’s organization and watched in awe as she constantly yelled at her husband.... Read more »
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Pros and cons of the first three days of overnight camp

Pros and cons of the first three days of overnight camp
I never used to understand how parents could send their children away for four or eight weeks to overnight camp over the summer.  Yet, a lot changed this year and last Sunday I found myself waving to my calm son on a bus headed to Northern Wisconsin. Generally a worrier, I’m surprised at the contentment... Read more »

Pros and Cons of not sending your kids to camp

Pros and Cons of not sending your kids to camp
Due to traveling and the desire for lack of a schedule I decided not to send my kids to camp the first three weeks of summer. Since that possibly naive decision, I’ve realized that everybody in my suburb goes to camp. Never one into keeping up with everybody else I didn’t think it would be... Read more »

Thirty things to do with your kids this summer

Thirty things to do with your kids this summer
My kids have completed day one of summer.  There are many things I want to do with my kids this summer and I looked forward to the schedule-free days with my quickly growing little ones. Now that there remains close to 20 days until family vacation and camp happens, I admit I’m getting slightly nervous of... Read more »
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Starbucks unicorn drink has too much sugar

Starbucks unicorn drink has too much sugar
My Facebook and Instagram feeds have been clogged with photos of an unnaturally colorful new Starbucks unicorn drink.  My initial reaction is disgust that Starbucks would offer a sugar filled Frappuccino. I dug a little deeper and learned the sugar amount is twice as much as an adult needs in one day! Why is that necessary... Read more »