they grow so fast

The complicated beginning of letting go

This is the behind the scenes look at letting go. No, not quite that. I guess it’s the behind the scenes look at beginning to let go, and not knowing how, and not wanting to, but also realizing the beauty of it, which is more than the sorrow, but mourning the changing chapters, and wanting …

35 Ways to Conquer Boredom and Have Fun at Home (aka a parent’s guide to Day 4,264 of quarantine, or summer, or beyond)

Are you bored yet? Conquer boredom, and have fun at home, whether in quarantine, summer days, or beyond. Here are 35 ways how.

Coping in quarantine: “Why am I so tired?” and other pandemic problems

Feeling all the feels, from stress to anxiety to loneliness, are making me TIRED! Read for an explanation of these feelings and a list of ways to get through it all.

How to help others

How to help even when you feel helpless

MURDER HORNETS? Because a pandemic where people are dying and our lives have changed and we’re juggling work and schooling and the kids being home and some stuff being hard to get (toilet paper!!! frozen French fries!!!!) just wasn’t enough???? I get it. We’ve heard of killer bees. But somehow, “murder hornets” sounds so much …

sweatpants for boys

Maybe Sweatpants Today

Boys are easier than girls, yada yada yada, less emotional drama, and they don’t care as much about fashion . . . Those are all things I hear A LOT as a mom of three boys. OK, it’s true my boys don’t care about accessorizing or being dressed to the nines, but the opposite can …

hockey mom tips

Hockey Mom Tips: All you need to know from hockey moms who have been there

When does hockey season end?  People ask me that a lot. Is it never?  I think it’s never.  Here we are in my son’s second season as a hockey player.  He is having SO. MUCH. FUN and is learning so much – new skills, faster and more precise skating, more rules of the game.  He …

snacks for kids

10 Easy Steps to Finding Snacks for Kids (snacks they’ll love!)

SNACKS!!!!!!!!!! As parents, we’re all quite familiar with them, constantly bombarded with requests for them, and constantly on a quest to find just the right snacks for kids that they will love and that we feel good about giving them. We go up to Expert Level Parenting when we actually find one that all the …

Must-have perspective for raising a boy to be a man

Be a Man: Must-have perspective for raising boys

What’s it like raising boys? I get that question a lot as a mom to three of them. My answer varies from “it’s an adventure” to “high energy” to “I sit in pee” to “so much more wrestling than I expected,” and everything in between. It’s like nothing I ever could have imagined and everything …

Resolutions? Intentions? My guidance to myself in the new year

Are you a New Year’s Resolution person?  Sometimes I am. This year, I made a list of things I want to focus on – not necessarily resolutions that I’ll beat myself up over if I don’t stick to or live up to my own standards, but sort of a list of intentions, to make sure …

Laundry: The good, the bad, and the surprising

There are 14,233,064 posts about laundry on Instagram.  Actually, I made up that number, but I know it’s a lot.  #laundry alone has 2 million posts, and when you add in #laundryproblems, #laundrylife, etc. — you get my point — there is a lot of talk about laundry. What is it about laundry that makes …