The Mom Who’s NOT Happy Summer Is Over

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My Facebook feed and conversations with friends lately have been filled with “Can’t wait to send the kids back to school!” and “So ready for summer to be over.” I don’t think my awesome mom friends are wrong; I totally understand where they’re coming from. I’m just not coming from that same place. I get being… [Read More]

How I’m dealing with the attitude problem in my house

Behavior Chart for Kids With Attitude

Over the last few days, I’ve officially cried “uncle”. The level of disrespect in my household has reached Defcon 2. I’m ready to deploy. My kids are good kids. They really are. But, like all kids, sometimes they need a reminder of who’s in charge and who makes the rules. That would be us…the parents…. [Read More]

The day my kids gave each other haircuts

Check these bangs out!

My youngest two kids were in the front yard playing by their favorite tree. It’s a nice crab apple tree that’s easy for them to climb.  I asked if they would stay out front for a few minutes so I could take care of a large ant mound I found in the backyard. They agreed.  We… [Read More]

The real reason I’m sad preschool is ending

My Preschool Squad

Every afternoon (unless it’s raining), Monday through Thursday, you can find me on the preschool playground, surrounded by a group of women. It’s been this way since the fall of 2011. Some years there were more of us, other years a few less. But we were always there. We commiserate about parenting woes – children… [Read More]

The circle of life is brutal

They say that parenting is hard. We all know this to be true. We know the infant/toddler years are hard in one way and the teen years are hard in another. And I’m pretty sure that the period of time that comes after that, when you let go and allow your children make their own decisions,… [Read More]