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Hey Lex, Will You Promise Me Something?

This morning, as I brushed his hair and teeth, washed his face and kissed his cheek, I just had to say these words; “Lex, will you promise me something? Will you promise me that when you grow up to be a big boy and then a man, that you will remember to do and say [...]

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 [...]

A Parenting Fact-The Bathroom

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I do believe that no one has to use the bathroom so bad as when there are chores to be done. Doing the Dance of the Children~

A Mommy of Many Morning Short-Something Sweet

This morning Lex woke up early and wanted me to sit and cuddle him. I spent some time holding him and enjoying the quiet of the early morning, but then it was time for me to get to the work I normally get done while the kids are sleeping. So I set him on the [...]

America’s SuperNanny Seeks San Diego Families! Go Apply!

The great people at America’s SuperNanny just contacted me and asked if I’d help get the word out that they’re looking for San Diego families to apply! I wish I was still there because I’d be the first in line! Come on, we’ve all seen the awesome results these families get. Who wouldn’t want some [...]

These Kiddos of Mine

Since yesterday afternoon there’s been a whole lotta parenting going on! What is it about getting home from school that brings out the beast in these kids? After listening to and being drug into the bickering for a couple of hours, I put on my M.O.M. thinking cap, told them to get their shoes on [...]

Good Parenting or Meddling Mom?

I have 4 teenagers. 3 of them are still at home. My 2 oldest children have been out of the house for more than 4 years because of schooling and my oldest in is her 20′s. I consider myself pretty well seasoned on raising and staying-out-of-the-way of teens. It’s the time in their lives where [...]

Parenting-Using Your Brain Instead of Your Emotions

Parenting many different ages of kids can really be tricky. There are plenty of times that I have trouble figuring out how to make something work for everyone. But one thing I’ve learned that always works best is to set aside my emotions and turn on my brain. I said it works best, I didn’t [...]

M.O.M.’s Madness Update

For all those wondering how my Wednesday Morning tactic worked… We have been out the door, on time the 2 days since. THAT, my friends, is parenting in action! Make no mistake, my girls are still not happy with me. However, they take seriously that I WILL be leaving at 7am, no matter how much [...]

A Parenting Issue For Today

I’m feeling challenged and frustrated as a parent today. As you saw in a post last week, I get up each morning and pack 7 lunches for my kids to take to school. I don’t give them money to buy food at school and only 1 of the kids makes money consistently with an after-school/weekend [...]

Here’s a Question-

Remember last week, when I asked about anyone who had a child with a friend that blames your child for the bad behavior that the other child is actually responsible for? Well THIS week I ask you to share your experiences of YOUR child allowing their friend to take the blame for the bad behavior [...]

2 Questions On My Mind

Over the last couple of days I’ve had 2 questions on my mind. I’m hoping to hear what your experiences have been (if any) with either or both of these- 1) has a child of yours ever had a friend who repeatedly blamed them for things they didn’t do? 2) Have you ever been at [...]

Kids on Their Best Behavior

Kids are a funny bunch! This morning, on the way to church, the older kids were REALLY giving each other a hard time. The bickering and picking was almost unbearable. Then we got to church and everyone pulled it together and attended mass the way they each know how to. Then, back to the van [...]

Response and Continuing Update

I wanted to take a minute to address some of the comments I’ve received about the on-going issue of undone school work and my kiddo who isn’t happy with school. I’ve had several thought-provoking responses and I think they deserve to be responded to. In my 21 years of parenting I have approached schooling in [...]

And Today’s Challenging M.O.M. Moment Is……

The flooded bathroom because of an overflowing toilet.  This is where I have to be thankful.  Yes, thankful!  Thankful that I’m in military housing and simply had to throw towels down, shut the door and pick up the phone.  They were here in  20 minutes.  The culprit….an apple.  And apple?!  Of all the things I [...]