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 […]

The Family Hike

Our family is blessed to live near many beautiful hiking trails. We are right next to the Superstition Mountains and within 30 minutes of many other parks, lakes and trails. Hiking is one of our family’s favorite pastimes. Our hikes range from one hour excursions to all-day adventures. Hiking is a wonderful way to get […]