Holiday Gift Guide: Kid’s Book Edition

Gift Guide for Kids Book Edition

This post contains affiliate links. Whether you have a big reader in your house or you subscribe to the “something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read” gifting philosophy, books make great gifts. Hit up any Barnes and Noble and you could easily spend hundreds of dollars on your family. Overwhelmed by… [Read More]

I’m still learning to pick my parenting battles

letting go

I blinked. That was my first mistake. I blinked and my babies are gone. In their place are two children. Two individuals with their own interests, opinions and personalities. It’s time for me to let go a little. I’m not a helicopter parent by any stretch. But I’m not exactly free-range either. I like to… [Read More]

Fall sports means the search for snacks is on

fall baseball

Kraft-Heinz sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own. Fall baseball season is well underway, which means a week night practice, Saturday morning games and lots of scrambling throughout the week. This is our final year at the organization we’re at as Mr A is aging out. He’s learned a lot about the game,… [Read More]

“But how can you love me?”

My sweet firstborn child… You about broke my heart last night. We had a disagreement. I made a suggestion for bedtime that you found particulary offensive. You were rude. I got mad. There were tears. There was yelling. And then you went to bed. When I came in to go through our regular routine (talk… [Read More]

Yes, my kid still uses a booster seat

boy in booster seat

I remember when Mr. A was born I read an article that talked about kids being in car seats until they were 10. I scoffed! Literally. Out loud. Of course, what the heck did I know…I was a first-time parents who was hyper-focused on my itty-bitty newborn. Ten seemed so far away. Ten seemed so… [Read More]

Preschool Prep: 10 Ways in 10 Days

GettingReadyForPreschool-AParentingProduction

There are so many back to school posts out there, but most are geared towards the big kids. Now it’s time for the preschoolers to shine. With both my experience as a preschool mom and a preschool teacher, I’ve compiled a list of things to help your family get ready for preschool. If you start… [Read More]

How to Enjoy the Last Moments of Summer

snow cone - A Parenting Production

I started out with every intention of writing a “Back to School” post. But then I sat down, and just couldn’t do it! All I could think about was how we’ve got just a little more time left. A couple more weeks to do the summer things before more rigid routines and schedules kick in…. [Read More]

It’s no joke, parenting is hard

A MESSAGE TO PARENTS

Let me first just put this on the table…kids are amazing. Being a parent is fulfilling and wonderful and I’ve never known a love quite like it. But it’s also hard. Really, really hard. All of it. Newborns, babies, preschoolers, tweens, teens…heck, even being a parent to an ADULT can be hard (ask my mom!)…. [Read More]

How do I teach my daughter about beauty?

#realbeauty is

Last week, I sat in a room with about 20 other women and we talked about beauty and the stereotypes that women have to deal with. (Yes, men have to deal with some too, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just focus on women.) We talked about self-esteem and the struggle women have… [Read More]

25 Road Trip Activities to Keep Young Kids Busy

Road Trip Activities for your kids

We all know traveling can be stressful, but road tripping with young children can make it even worse if you’re not prepared. As you’re looking to take a long trip with your kids this summer, consider a few activities (other than the much appreciated portable DVD player) to keep them busy. I’ve rounded up 25 of the best… [Read More]