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Grandparents offer the safe world where the word "no" is never uttered, encouraging our children to take risks that as parents we sometimes can't or don't offer

Because Grandparents Never Say No

I like to think that I’m a pretty good mom. I love the wee ones, and they love me right back – Mister Man and Little Miss will still even hug me in public, so I must be doing something right. We do fun stuff together. I help them when they need it, and I push them when they need it. But I’m still mom, which means that the buck…

My extraordinary kid is extraordinary every day #YourExtraordinaryKid #CGC

I Have An Extraordinary Kid – Every Day

I have a pretty awesome kid. Mister Man rocks my world, and he has since Day One. That isn’t to say that I don’t want to strangle him sometimes because he’s a kid. And he’s mine. And he’s bound to drive me batty simply by being who he is, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love and celebrate him whenever I can. He’s pretty cool, and he shows it all…

15 tips to make homework less painful - for you and for your child. These top 15 ways are easy to implement and make a real difference in reducing frustration and improving focus

Top 15 Ways To Make Homework Less Painful

School is out – or nearly so – just about everywhere around the country. Parents – and kids – are heaving huge sighs of relief because the nightly battle over homework is over for another year. If your home is anything like mine, homework often takes far longer than it “should” before it’s completed. We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out the best ways to make it less painful…

A life lesson that you don't have to be good at everything - turning around a child's frustration so everyone can have fun again

You Don’t Have To Be Great At Everything

Yesterday, we went bowling with some friends. Bowling is always an adventure, partly because I’m terrible even though a dear friend of mine has given me plenty of lessons (hi, Don!). For whatever reason, even though I know what I’m supposed to do, some part of my body doesn’t always listen and my score rarely approaches – let alone breaks – 100. For the kids, it’s more fun because we…

How to have fun, one on one with your child

What We Do For Fun, One On One

Today was our first day off school, and Mister Man and I got to enjoy some rare one on one time. Usually we’re running everywhere or I have both the wee ones or there are chores to be done. Today, the first day where we have no school, there wasn’t much on the docket. I had originally planned a pool day until I found out that the pool wasn’t open…

How to express academic disappointment to your children in a positive manner

I’m Disappointed; You Can Do Better

After my angst yesterday with the wee ones, I regained my composure, in no small part thanks to the sheer joy I get every time I look at the Mother’s Day card Little Miss made for me. That’s good news, because after I got her dropped off at gymnastics yesterday and Mister Man home to do homework, he handed me a math test. This is the first math test I’ve…

Sometimes you have to take a step back and try to remember why it is that we chose to be mothers in the first place. Because the answers may not be immediately obvious after a bad day

Remembering Why I’m A Mom

This has not been a good week, a pretty week. Every week has its ups and downs, and with my children, there are always struggles and challenges. For some reason, this week has brought me to my breaking point. I’ve felt at times like the wee ones are purposely trying to find ways to drive me up the wall, though I know that can’t be true. Separating what I know…

Kids can make a difference. Even if it's as "simple" as shaving your head for St Baldrick's

Little Kid, Big Heart

When Mister Man heard about the opportunity to shave his head for St. Baldrick’s, he never hesitated. Of course he wanted to do it. He heard that it was something he could do to make a difference and support kids who have cancer. When he was in kindergarten, he learned that the little brother of a good friend of his has a form of pediatric cancer – and still struggles with…

Teaching kids to tie shoes can be frustrating, but with this simple trick, it's easy as can be for everyone!

Teach Kids To Tie Shoes: Quick And Easy Trick

Mister Man has some fine motor challenges. Needless to say, when he was little we always bought him shoes that had Velcro. Easy. Done. But as his feet started to grow when he got into kindergarten and first grade, suddenly it wasn’t so easy to find those Velcro shoes anymore. And in first grade, he started having cross country skiing as a gym activity, and those boots were only laces. And thus…

Parenting challenges: When they enter the burping stage

Can You At Least Say Excuse Me?

When the wee ones were little, and I mean infants since I suppose at 8 and 10, one day I’ll look back and think that they were little at this stage, getting them to burp was hard. I could see in their little faces that they would need to, and Little Miss in particular would squirm in discomfort, but getting the actual burp to come up took quite the talent….