I thought I knew what it would be like to have a child. I had earned college credits in early childhood education, worked in preschools, and been a nanny. Hell, I had a Doctorate degree in Psychology. Having kids couldn’t be harder than that? Sure, I had heard about sleep deprivation, but that gets better after three months, right?
Fast forward many (many as I am now “advance maternal age”) years. Here are some of the things that no one told me, or (more likely) the evolutionary strategy of not-hearing-reality-in-order-to-propogate-survival-of-the-species prevented me from hearing: Read more
I sure didn’t want to see the kids at my son’s birthday party sitting around looking like they were not having fun. When we had the party at our family pool – the pool was the main entertainment, and fun was in abundant supply. The kids would play for a while on their own, but they still might need some organized games to liven things up. Here are some great possibilities I found: Read more
The first few weeks of life with a newborn can be hectic, heartbreaking, joyful, and exciting. You spend more time measuring how much your little one has grown than you may have ever anticipated, and no little detail goes unnoticed. Like his soft, tiny fingers with their perfect nails, his precious nose, and sometimes a flat spot on the back of his head. Read more
Hook and loop material (commonly referred to as Velcro®) has a vast range of practical and creative applications. Using it as an educational tool generates possibilities for all types of learning at all different ages. Read more
Every mom has reached their last nerve at one point or another—and the results are usually less than pleasant for all parties involved. Before you reach the end of your tether, take a break for yourself. Instead of having a “mommy and me” event, schedule some time for just “me”.
You don’t have to schedule a full day (though a full day’s rest can go a long way in recharging drained batteries). Take a quick hour here and there to take care of yourself, so that you can go on taking care of your loved ones. Here are a few easy tips for things to do that don’t require a lot of money or time, and give you the break that you sorely need. So hire a babysitter or get your partner to watch the kids for a while, and take a few moments for yourself. Read more
All parents [okay Mom’s] yearn to strike that elusive balance between work and family life. As a mom who writes and works full time, the pendulum always seems to swing more toward the work side, unfortunately. I am lucky enough [not sure if that’s the right word] that my daughter is now a teenager and can seemingly occupy herself for hours on end. Okay, days on end if I’d occasionally throw some food under her ever-closed door! And while those parents with young ones do have built in “breaks” to tend to their babies needs, those of us with older kids, have to force ourselves to recognize that a “break” is needed.
Let’s face it. Change is inevitable. And it’s hard, believe me! Some people find it quite difficult to get out of their comfort zones – and I’m one of them. But because of a very rapid technological advancement, we have to go with the flow, or else we’ll be left behind. This progression is very applicable to the way we communicate with the world.
It was over 30 years ago when Bill Gates had a dream and vision that every desk and home would have a computer. It was his brilliant entrepreneurial mindset that brought about changes to the way every human on earth conveys and receives information, both publicly and privately. From this extremely radiant invention, a prompt transmission of information has been progressing unceasingly which includes emails, video calling, text messaging, social media, and, of course, blogging. Read more
I rarely get to shop for myself! Since I had a birthday last month, I decided it was time to replace my beloved purse. Uh-Oh. It was bittersweet, because I loved that handbag. I had purchased it at a “purse party” and knew it would be difficult to duplicate. It was also about 5-6 six years old. (I know some readers, with a purse collection, are probably gasping at this!) It’s not that I don’t have other special occasion handbags, but this was my “everyday, go-to!” It had begun to fray on the stitching and though still useable, I decided it was time for a special “me” purchase! I ordered online because I had a gift card to spend. I measured what I thought I needed for dimensions. Online, there are just so many choices and terms to know! Like, “drop”- what the heck was that? Read more