Screen time rules: How to occupy kids of different ages, no screens involved

Screen time rules: How to occupy kids of different ages, no screens involved

Share1 Pin Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 1Screen time:  It’s like profanity in some houses, blasphemy in others.  Here, it’s a way of life.  It’s part of making it work as a working mom of three boys, trying to get through each day with some semblance of sanity. I remember the days when “let’s make a Hot Wheels car parade!” or “let’s jump in a pile of stuffed animals!” was the perfect suggestion to keep a young boy, a toddler and…

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10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids (and why it’s OK)

10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids (and why it’s OK)

Share6 Pin1 Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 7Being a good mom, the way I judge it, actually includes doing many things I never thought I’d do. Things like yelling at my kid in public or letting them watch TV in the morning before school. And lying to them. Wait — there are lies parents tell?  Yep.  And don’t worry, I don’t make a habit of lying to them on purpose, but I have definitely noticed that when I’m pushed to my…

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When Mom Needs Maintenance: Self care for sanity

When Mom Needs Maintenance: Self care for sanity

Share3 Pin2 Stumble56 Share +1 TweetShares 61Maintenance Required.  When that message popped up on my dashboard display, I felt like my car was judging me.  How dare it suggest I need a bit of self care!  Yes, I’ve been working long hours, super-busy with kids’ projects and homework and events, still getting up to speed in my new role at work, having a midlife crisis (yes, I think I’ve hit that age.  Isn’t this when 80’s movies would just depict…

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Working mom: 5 Strategies to Make it Work

Working mom: 5 Strategies to Make it Work

Share7 Pin Stumble52 Share +1 TweetShares 59Yep, I’m a working mom.  There’s always a lot going on.  Like this. The scene:  My husband is away.  I responsibly lay out the ingredients for homemade chicken meatballs, a dinner the kids typically love and one that is OK for the “healthier” eating kick I’m attempting right now.  I reach up in a cabinet to get out the breadcrumbs, when the can of cooking spray falls from the top shelf and bops me…

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Raising boys: What every mom needs to know

Raising boys: What every mom needs to know

Share20 Pin Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 20Raising boys, it becomes clear early on how much they love their penis.  In case there was any doubt about it, check this out: I just said to my completely nudey, just-turned 4yo, “I will play with you only after you put your underwear on.” He replied, “Then I don’t want to play with you.” 9 years into being a Mother of Boys (M.O.B.), boys’ connection to this “thing” still surprises me. Here’s an…

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5 Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep

5 Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep

Share44 Pin100 Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 144  Resolutions.  Ugh, it’s that time of year again.  Every year I try to make a few resolutions; every year I keep essentially none.  Not because I can’t commit, but usually because I don’t have time to fit whatever my resolutions are into my schedule.  Yeah, yeah, I know, I need to “make time for me” and “take care of myself.”  It’s not happening any time soon as I juggle a full-time job, three…

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Pick your battles (and don’t choose these)

Pick your battles (and don’t choose these)

Share34 Pin Stumble1 Share +1 TweetShares 35Pick your battles.  I’ve heard that phrase so many times, and while it has always made sense to me, its meaning is magnified now that I’m a mom of three boys.  Every minute in my M.O.B. house seems to teeter on the verge of rushing toward tenderness (awww, they’re cuddling) or destruction (do NOT throw those shoes at the window), and it’s hard to predict which way the moment is going to go.  With…

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Cupcakes & Kindness: 5 easy steps to spread joy (and frosting!)

Cupcakes & Kindness: 5 easy steps to spread joy (and frosting!)

Share70 Pin8 Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 78Spread joy and kindness — it is key to how I’m wired, and something I very much want to instill in my boys as a natural, wonderful, automatic thing to do.  We do kindness projects whenever we can, try to model kind/good behavior, and choose charities to donate to in order to spread joy in simple ways.  Years ago, we started donating to Toys for Tots every holiday season, because I wanted my kids…

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Thankful . . .

Thankful . . .

Share Pin Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 0Being thankful, even when there’s a lot going on and sometimes it’s hard to see through it, is like finding the golden ticket in a sea of, well, I guess bronze tickets? I’m thankful for this table, and all the mess on top I’m thankful for my boys, and the chaos that won’t stop When I’m tired and losing patience, all I have to see is these boys and all their silliness smiling back at…

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Nature vs. Nurture: When Ordinary Happenings Become Full-Contact Sports (plus, a GIVEAWAY treat!)

Nature vs. Nurture: When Ordinary Happenings Become Full-Contact Sports (plus, a GIVEAWAY treat!)

Share3 Pin Stumble Share +1 TweetShares 3Nature vs. nurture?  Not even a question in my mind.  I was enlightened when I became a Mother of Boys (M.O.B.).  For anyone out there still debating nature vs. nurture, I know the answer.  It’s nature, people!  Nine years into being a M.O.B., I am still mind-blown by the otherwise ordinary activities that play out like full-contact sports in my house.  Things that my sister and I calmly did together as kids lead to…

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