To Elf or to Not Elf on the Shelf ?

Happy Holidays! Has your Elf come to visit your home yet? Elfy has come to visit our house, all the way from the north pole. If you are asking yourself: “What is this new man-made holiday that they call Elf on the Shelf?” Well, it’s a book that comes with a small stuffed magical elf. […]

Raising a Reader

One of my greatest fears about having a child was having one who struggled with reading. There was a good chance that would happen as my otherwise brilliant husband has had a lifelong tug of war with books. Although sluggish at first, my son finally settled into a groove with reading but it wasn’t until […]

Do You Baby Wear?

My daughter is 3 now and the topic of baby wearing recently came up between myself and a friend. I loved to wear my daughter all the time. If it was in the house doing chores, taking walks around the neighborhood, or at the store shopping, I enjoyed her close to my chest as I […]

Time Change: The Wisdom of Peter Pan

Last weekend, we moved our clocks back an hour and received that one precious hour of extra sleep. (I should add that when you’re the parent of young children, extra sleep is but an old wives tale). But how is it we are choosing to actually spend our time? At some point we might want to ask ourselves […]

Different Stages of Parenting

  Tonight, as we pulled in the driveway from a long day on very little sleep, my 6-year-old son begged to go for a bike ride around the block. My body just wanted to sit down on the couch, but he was persistent. So we saddled up and off we went. Dragging my weary body […]

Thoughts From a Middle-Aged Mom

“You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.” ― P.J. O’Rourke It’s been 9 ½ years since I became a mother. This year I turn 40, and it just so happens that the kiddos are in New York with their […]

Graduating from Everything

Summer is upon us so let the fun begin. But before the summer break begins we’ve all been super swamped with “End of the Year” school parties. I have never seen more jumpy houses and hotdogs in my life. My daughter goes to two daycares since mom and dad both work from home. While having […]

The Struggle to Stay Focused

I was that kid in grade school getting my name written up and getting in trouble for talking to my neighbor. I was that kid who meant well (or so I thought) but kept getting side tracked. And now history is repeating itself with my daughter. Time and time again her teachers praise her abilities, […]

How I Sneak Veggies Into Everything

  I have a confession to make: I’m a sneak. I’m a liar. I lie and cheat to my children, through food. That’s right. I confess. You’ve caught me red-handed. I have been sneaking spinach and avocado in my son’s banana smoothies for years. Whatever extra protein I can find, whether it’s powdered or in […]

Memorial Day & the Military Child

I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the last holiday of the month: Memorial Day. As a mother and a member of the Armed Forces, I know more than anyone the struggles of raising a child while serving on active duty. The military child is a complicated thing: they move around constantly and rarely get […]