My daughter is a creative-type person. She always has been and will spend hours quietly coloring, crafting and doing just about anything that involves markers and imagination. So, I was shocked when she walked onto the soccer field last...
I love a fun project at home that’s educational too. While I don’t home school (and really think I would be horrible at it), I do enjoy fun projects with the kids when it comes to reading, art and...
As a family constantly on-the-go with work, school, extracurricular activities and errands, it feels like we’re always running somewhere. While we are going places, it never fails that my kids will be hungry and want a snack. In the early...
Dear invisible baby, When people look at a picture of our family, the photo looks complete. They see a mom, a dad, a daughter, a son and, if we could get her to cooperate, the dog would be there too....
Growing up I always had a best friend. Whether it was my next-door neighbor through the majority of my elementary school experience or the girl down the street when I was a tween and teen, close friends were always...
Every now and then – generally when I feel like my parenting game is strong – my daughter will ask me a question that throws me for a loop. It usually revolves around something that’s an issue or idea that...
While many experts continue to debate the topic of kids and screen time, the world hasn’t stopped moving toward an increasingly digital age. Our children are growing up in a digital space, whether you agree with it or not. My...
Most people will tell you that Christmas time is about joy, family, giving and the birth of the savior. It’s literally supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year.” The song says so.   (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle...
 In a world where everyone wants their kid to be the hot dog, my daughter is the princess. In fact, my daughter loves princess, pink and all things “girlie.” Her most recent obsession is My Little Pony. Now, I love...
How often do you talk to your kids about what they want to be when they grow up? Once a school year when you take a photo of them for the first day? Or do you have older children...
Chickens may not seem like your top choice for a family pet, but as they become more and more popular, you may be surprised to learn that people can bond with a bird in the same way that they...
We were at my niece’s birthday party a few weeks ago and my 3-year-old did something I told him not to do. He proceeded to do it a second time. I told him not to do it again. I...
Everyone loves the summertime sun. Days at the splash park, the pool and the park are the perfect way to spend your lazy, hazy days of summer when the kids are home from school. Unless the hazy days turn into...
Dear Teachers, Thank you for dealing with my crazy this year. In this whirlwind season of finale things – final tests, final grades and final fights over what my child is going to wear that day – I want to take...
Middle schoolers are emotional, moody and sometimes hard to read. Parenting a middle-schooler almost requires a specialized degree!   As a veteran middle school counselor, there were so many things I learned about this age that challenged and encouraged me....
Something magical happens after the holidays - when all the Christmas decor is put away, the kitchen no longer smells like cookies and the days aren’t packed with things that have to get done - there is a calm...
When my family and I moved back to Illinois after a three year stay in Colorado, we needed to hunt for a new church. After settling on one, the kids got pretty comfortable going to their Sunday school class....

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