Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleWhat would you say to your younger self if you could send a message back in time?  Would you warn yourself of what’s to come, Celebrate what has been?  Share hopes and dreams for what may come next? A fellow blogger, Erin, at The Accidental Supermom, recently posted a note from her thirties-self to her twenties-self, giving advice and great perspective.  It was heartwarming and humorous . . . and, while she’s a bit younger than I…

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Raising boys in the “me too” era: How to best prepare your sons for the road ahead of them

Raising boys in the “me too” era: How to best prepare your sons for the road ahead of them

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleIn today’s “me-too” era where awareness and implications of words and actions seems more serious than ever, Mothers of Boys have a lot to think about.  In my recent M.O.B. Truths survey, approximately half of the respondents said they are trying to instill respect and values early on in their sons, while the other half said, “PLEASE HELP!  I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THIS SUBJECT!!!” Here’s help.  It may seem strange to take advice from…

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How to have the MOST AWESOME summer day without even leaving your front yard

How to have the MOST AWESOME summer day without even leaving your front yard

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleI took the week off of work to spend with my boys — a little bit of fun, a little relaxation — wait, actually, relaxation never happens for me — a lot of laughs, some yelling, some tantrums, some timeouts, and a lot of mess.  We find fun in making messes sometimes — it’s liberating for the kids, and it reminds me to just go with the flow (easier when I know I’m using washable paints!). …

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10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleSLIME!  If you’re a parent, you’re probably cringing at this craze that has lasted over a year now.  Making slime, playing with slime, experimenting with new slime recipes, watching videos about slime, teaching others to make slime, putting new things in slime, figuring out where slime sticks and where it doesn’t.  We are undoubtedly in THE SLIME ERA.  I know lots of parents who hate all things slime  — it’s messy, it’s sticky, it’s constant, it’s…

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Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleSummer break!  It’s time when kids everywhere enjoy vacation homes, family time, lazy days of sleeping late, breakfast on the back patio, and then splashing in sprinklers all day.  Or, in the case of many working moms like me . . . kids are at summer camp.  Don’t get me wrong – my boys love the day camp they go to, and I know they’d be bored out of their minds at home all day ….

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UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

Share Pin +1 Tweet Stumble  It’s officially summer, when my kids seem to excel at the game “How many water bottles and pair of goggles can you lose?” and “Where did that tube of sunscreen go?”  I’m a working mom who works through the summer, which means fun summer camps (with a hefty side of working mom guilt) for my family.  This past school year, I got quite used to the big boys buying hot lunch every day at school. …

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Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

Share Pin +1 Tweet Stumble“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do think gardening with kids is a great experience, and one I try every year.  I used to think about it a…

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20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleYou know when you buy Dad a tie as a Father’s Day gift, but he rarely dresses up?  Or you get your husband a coupon book for various golf courses, and he never uses it because it turns out there are limitations on days and times, and none are convenient?  Yeah, let’s avoid that, right?  It was a thoughtful gift, targeting one of his interests, and reasonably priced . . . but in the end, not…

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Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleMemorial Day:  Aside from the ever-important honoring those who have given their lives for our country, it typically also marks the unofficial start to summertime  . . . nearing the end of the school year . . . and the approximate time when the kids — after just hours out of school — start to say, “I’M BORED.”  Don’t lose your temper!  Don’t lose your sanity!  Just ward off the boredom with this helpful list of my…

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5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleMy key for parenting in a scary world: Open the door.  Say “I love you.” Go. It was one of those weeks that make me realize what supermen and superwomen we truly are parenting in the scary world we live in today, and it inspired me to update this post from 2016 in hopes that it can be a good reminder for you — and me, too.  How are you getting by parenting in a scary…

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