Category: Parenting

The Proper Use of Children

My daughters brought up dinner to my husband and I, who were enjoying a few minutes of free time. Dinner was actually left-overs, so all the girls had to do was warm up a couple of bowls of chili. Our dinner was delivered with a playful comment, “This is not the proper use of children.”

Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 2 of 2)

Part of the movie-watching-fun is watching the older movies together with the re-makes or re-boots. For example, It's interesting to observe the roles of women in the older movies versus modern movies through my kids' eyes.

Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 1 of 2)

Popular Culture today is big on all of the fantasy-type heroes that my generation grew up idolizing. Now that my generation are adults, we are excited to see our youth modernized with expensive badassery (is that a word?).

Reliving Your Childhood (Over and Over…)

While it is important to live in the present, we should also remember what it was like when everything was wonderous, when you were vulnerable in the big wide world, and when you were unsure of your place in the world.

It’s the Little Things that Make It Count

My mom lifted the 2 month old up so that he was in my dad's direct line of vision. She said, "Would you be working right now if you didn't have ALS?" My dad blinked, to indicate Yes. She continued, "I would be working too. Then we both would have missed out on all this."

Should I Have Another Baby?

In every family, there are pros and cons to child-bearing, no matter how big or small your family is. I've always believed that the only consideration should be love: Are you willing to unselfishly love a new addition? If you are, then everything else can be problem-solved.

Lenten Sacrifice Ideas for the Whole Family

What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits.

Using Car Time Wisely

Some days it seems like I spend more time in my car (shuttling kids around) than out of it, so I need to do what I can with the time & place I have.  My point is, I've learned the importance of using car time wisely.

Mom Hack for the Kitchen Table

Keeping any surface in our house clean for any length of time is a challenge. It's like the newly cleaned counters and table tops scream:
"Look! There's a space to put your junk here! Oh, the floor? Sure, throw some things on the floor, but put something sticky on me too!!"

Large Family Dentist: 3 Must Haves

While good dental hygiene is important to me, I mainly take the kids so someone else can shame them into brushing their teeth. I enjoy when my kids have to hear the same lecture I've given a million times from their snarky hygienist.

New Year’s Resolutions or Not-So-New Excuses?

Identify Your New Year's Resolutions (a.k.a. Goals) What would you like to make a top priority in your life? What has stopped you from achieving this goal in the past? What steps can you make to set yourself up for success? It's not too late to make a plan!

Tips from a Single Dad for Single Parents

Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.

Being Thankful when not Everything Is Awesome

The trials of motherhood have taught me patience, problem solving skills, relationship skills, the power of creativity, and how to scarf hidden treats before the scent of chocolate can escape the packaging and lure others to my location.