Parenting - Celebrating Family

Appreciating Your Daughter

I always pictured my life as a mom of a little girl as one filled with, well, sugar and spice and everything nice. I never envisioned the drama a little girl can bring.  I never knew that a girl as young as two years old could have a total meltdown over mismatched clothes and fashion preferences. Like a lot of moms out […]

Forgiving My Imperfect Parents

I didn’t have the most stable and functional childhood in history, of that I am sure. But I have come to realize that is really doesn’t matter. Well, not much anyway. I know so many people who still blame their parents for how their adult lives turned out and who still hold grudges against their […]

The Best Mom Song Ever

It is Mother’s Day weekend and I want to share this fun song by Go Fish that tops my list of the best mom songs. Enjoy! And moms, give yourselves a break this Sunday.   I love you Mom!

Messy Kids and Restaurant Etiquette

It is no secret that children can create food messes that even Oscar the Grouch would admire. I imagine that many servers and bussers dread having tables with small children who seem to love to throw spaghetti and spit out veggies, but I was surprised when I saw this warning on a restaurant menu in northern Arizona. […]

Why Your Kids Should Do Chores

There is something about this picture that gets me thinking about Tom Sawyer painting that fence. Okay, so this is a boy – my son to be exact – painting a wall and not a fence. Regardless, I do love this picture because it shows my son doing something he loves to do; working and doing productive tasks around our house. Based […]

Reminder: Watch Your Children Around Water

School is back in session for a lot of children. For some, this means the end of days by the pool and the beginning of a slow cool down toward an approaching fall. I want to take this opportunity to remind you that pools and other bodies of water are attractive to children year round, […]

Teach Your Children to Swim

Several years ago I watch as a little girl who was barely two jumped into a pool and seemed to begin drowning in front of her mother who did nothing. As I started to say something, the little girl surfaced and dived back down.  I realized that this two year old was swimming underwater with […]

The Successful Road Trip – Tips for Traveling With Kids

I grew up in a family that loved traveling. Jumping in the car and driving across country is really no big deal to me. In fact, I think the trip is just as fun as the destination. However, anyone with small children knows that making a road trip successful takes some planning. That is unless […]