Archive for Mister Man

Celebrating accomplishment at Mathnasium in Palatine

What My Son Gained From Mathnasium Tutoring

Have a child who needs a little push in math? Check out the Mathnasium benefits he gained from just two months doing tutoring over the summer. Start the year off right and gain skills that will last your child a lifetime.

Pinewood Derby finish line

7 Lessons Learned From The Pinewood Derby

A Cub Scout rite of passage, you don’t think about it, but there are many Pinewood Derby lessons for your son. Many are lifelong skills you want to develop. I didn’t go into the Pinewood Derby expecting it to be more than something fun he could do. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he got so much more from the competition than I ever anticipated. Just make sure it’s *his* Pinewood Derby and not yours.

Teacher welcome gift

Erasing Middle School Fears

This shop sharing strategies on erasing middle school fears has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias The wee ones start school on Thursday. For the first time in several years, the wee ones won’t go to school together. Instead, Mister Man is going into sixth grade, which has been a little bit scary for him – especially given how so…

Proud Pinewood Derby Winner

9 Benefits from Boy Scouts

I have been compensated for this post talking about the benefits from Boy Scouts by Boy Scouts of America (BSA), but the content and all opinions are, of course, my own. When Mister Man was in kindergarten, he announced he wanted to do Boy Scouts. Actually, he didn’t just say he was interested in it, he explained that he wanted to become an Eagle Scout and shared what he wanted…

Enjoying the grand canyon

Top 10 Reasons My Kids Are Lucky To Have Their Dad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DadsMyHero #CollectiveBias I have never made it a secret that I’m a mean mom. I make my kids do more chores than any of their friends (so they tell me), and they live with the consequences of their actions. Mister Man left his home folder with all his completed homework on the dining…

Inside the Kool-Aid cupcakes

Kool-Aid Cupcakes With Swirl Frosting

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias It’s cold and grey and dreary in Chicago, and I’m getting a little impatient for summer to arrive. I miss the sunshine, and I feel teased by Mother Nature that I already bought my community pool pass and we had one day of 70 degree weather, and now we’re back to…

Homemade chocolate lip balm in containers

Homemade Chocolate Lip Balm

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias Last Tuesday, I was at the wee ones’ school for a parent meeting. Mister Man is in fifth grade, and somehow, it’s already time for “that part” of the health curriculum where they talk about kids and their changing bodies. I remember from my class back in the day that we…

What are you protective of?

Protecting My Kid

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #IAmProtective #CollectiveBias On Thursday last week, Mister Man came home from school. He dropped his backpack on the floor and immediately stomped upstairs. This is not usual behavior for him. As I started to follow him, Little Miss tugged at my arm. “Mommy, on the bus, he said that Jason (not his real…

The Game of LIFE is more than just a fun couple hours. There are plenty of life lessons - and hilarity - to enjoy, as well.

The Game Of LIFE Lessons

The wee ones and I enjoy playing board games. This week, they discovered the Game of LIFE that I had uncovered while unpacking more boxes. It was the version I’ve had since I was a kid, and they wanted to play it, so of course I carved out some time to enjoy a game (or two) with them. I hadn’t played it in years, which meant that although I remembered…

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…