Posts tagged "Parenting"

Natural Stain Removers

Natural Stain Removers
Am I the only one that feels like I am always doing laundry?  Believe or not, I’ve made the never-ending task more fun since I discovered these natural stain removing solutions. I must admit it is quite satisfying to return a white shirt to looking almost new after an unfortunate encounter with permanent marker. Did... Read more »

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »

What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"

What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"
At our neighborhood bookstore recently browsing with my son, I came across Gracefully Grayson and realized I went to high school and overnight camp with the author, Ami Polonsky.  After diving into the book, inspired and impressed; I contacted Ami and am happy to share our interview with you. When and how did you first... Read more »
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My favorite baby girl names

My favorite baby girl names
I am past the baby naming stage, but still love learning, hearing and reading girl’s names and imagining names for brand new babies. In my opinion, naming a female is far easier than a male. Maybe it is because a lot of boy names are now used in naming girls (Max, Sawyer and Wyatt). Today... Read more »

Does punishing kids work?

Does punishing kids work?
I got punished often as a kid. I am sure it was well deserved and I think I turned out all right. I spent a lot of time in my room pretending to do my homework, writing in my journal and resentful of my parents, even though I now know they were doing their best.... Read more »

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters
There are endless studies about the benefits of families sitting down for dinner regularly.  Improved relationships, eating habits and grades are all shown to be found in those that sit down together at the end of the day. “Children who do eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less trouble... Read more »
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Help me make mornings less chaotic

Help me make mornings less chaotic
My morning began with my hard working husband up and out of the house before the sun came up.  I was already awake and a little restless, but extra cold from last nights snow and struggling to get up and start my day.  At 7 a.m. I force myself to get up and sweetly turn... Read more »

Parasailing is a breeze compared to cooking class

Parasailing is a breeze compared to cooking class
My family spent winter break in warm and peaceful Mexico last week and my ten-year-old son showed interest in parasailing.  I was happy to give him this unforgettable experience, especially because when I told him he could pick out one souvenir from the many shops overflowing with toys and tchokes, he choose a free rock... Read more »

Ten things I learned about parenting in ten years

Ten things I learned about parenting in ten years
I knew nothing about mothering when I got pregnant at 28-years old.  None of my friends had children yet and the Internet was very different a decade ago.  It was wonderful, isolating and confusing.  I often think back and wonder how different it would be if I were to become a new mom at age... Read more »
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Lice: Is your head itching yet?

Lice: Is your head itching yet?
I think I can finally begin to write about this now that I am thankfully past it. A few weeks ago we had lice at our house.  My daughter got a note sent home in backpack mail that informed us someone in her class had lice.  I checked her head then, but didn’t see anything... Read more »