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Learning How to Support Positive Body Image in my Boys

When I was growing up, I was surrounded by sisters. I’m the oldest of 9 kids and 8 of us are girls. My parents got their boy at the end. So, most of what I knew about kids when I became a parent involved what girls thought, felt and dreamed. As I began having my [...]

Change the Scenery-A M.O.M. Tip to Relieve Frustration

In the time that I’ve been quiet over here, I’ve been learning new ways, and revisiting some old ways (I can foresee a Learning Lessons post brewing) to parent. And one of the things that I’ve practiced (and am learning to revisit) over the 23 years that I’ve been a mom, is to change the [...]

Learning Lessons #8:Guiding Our Children Through the Tough Lessons of Life

As a parent, one of our biggest and often toughest jobs is teaching our kiddos the lessons they need to lead a successful, happy and productive life. It would all be so much “easier” and “peaceful” if we could just take the hands-off approach and give in to every whim, want and fit. But that [...]

Mommy of Many Morning Short-The Whole Hair Thing

This morning Gabi took a bath to get ready for her performance at the Mothers Day Tea in preschool. She came out of the bath, wrapped in a towel but her hair was dry. I pointed out that part of the importance of taking a bath or shower is to wash your hair. Her response- [...]

Learning Lessons #10:One of the Hardest Things About Parenting-Stick To What You Say

~sigh~ Tonight I had to revisit one of the toughest jobs of parenting-Following through with what you’ve said. Earlier this week, I grounded one of my girls. The terms of the grounding were one week no ipod and no going anywhere, other than to sporting events. The grounding will end next Wednesday. Tonight was the [...]

Learning Lessons #9:Fits

Fits. I’ve been dealing with them for the better part of 20 years. I’ve seen my share! I can remember being a new mom and trying to give choices to lure the child out of the fit. I can remember being a little more seasoned mom and trying to be stern and give NO choices [...]

The End of a Crazy School Year

Yesterday was the very last day of school for this 08-09 school year.   What a year!   Seriously, it’s been a year of schooling unlike any other for our family. Last summer I made the decision to pull my 4 kids from the private school that we had been in for 8 years.  The [...]

Teaching and Learning Lessons

As a parent, one of our biggest and often toughest jobs is teaching our kiddos the lessons they need to lead a successful, happy and productive life.  It would all be so much “easier” and “peaceful” if we could just take the hands-off approach and give in to every whim, want and fit.  But that [...]

Mommy of Many Show #21: Learning Lessons #4

This week’s lesson is that as parents, we need to remember to give out positive physical contact to our older children as well as our little ones. When we have babies and toddles, preschoolers and grader-schoolers, it seems to come naturally, but as the kids grow and stop coming to ask for hugs or to [...]

Mommy of Many Show #20: Learning Lessons #3

This week I talk about Lesson #3 in the Learning Lessons Series, which is that children of all ages need consistency. Over the years I’ve seen that things run a lot smoother if the kids know what to expect. Surprises are great, but not in our everyday lives. We want to know what the routine [...]

Mommy of Many Show #19: Learning Lessons #2

This week, I expand on Lesson #2 of the Learning Lessons Series. From time to time, I am able to enjoy the quiet and simple moments with my kiddos. I have to remind myself that it’s ok to spend a day at home, with nothing planned. The overriding message that’s all around us as parents [...]