Tag: Parenting

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Is PhotoMath app helpful or hurtful?

Is PhotoMath app helpful or hurtful?
Someone posted on Facebook about an app that makes checking math homework easy.  My eyes lit up as math is not my strength and checking multiplication and division homework is never my favorite. I quickly downloaded PhotoMath. According to their site, “PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical problems by using the camera of your mobile device... Read more »

Clothes Without Limits Focus on Positive Messaging

Clothes Without Limits Focus on Positive Messaging
There are messages flashing in front of our children’s faces all day long. The life-size bus stop ads on the way to school, words heard on the television or radio and read in books, magazines and on computers.  Even the clothes kids wear to school in elementary school can enforce negative stereotypes and preconceived perceptions.... Read more »

Surviving a rainy day with no electronics

Surviving a rainy day with no electronics
A few times a year, my family needs an electronic cleanse.  My 9-year-old and I had an interesting conversation about how one can become addicted to the iPad and we discussed how we both could relate to the urge to check my phone, computer, iPad or even watch TV. We escaped to a lovely and compact... Read more »
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Replace Anger with Loving Kindness

Replace Anger with Loving Kindness
I read these words recently and jotted them down in my iPhone notes section to remember and use as a mantra. “Replace Anger with Loving Kindness.” When we are running late for camp and my daughter can’t find her shoes, then wants to go back upstairs to find a specific stuffed animal, my son has... Read more »