We have had three calls to our Family Support Line in the last month related to children refusing to go to school. It occurred to me that this might be a good topic to address in the blog. In the twenty years that I have been working with children and families, I have noticed that school avoidance seems to rise around the holidays. I believe there are a few reasons for the peak in school avoidance around this time of year. The first is that the semester is finishing up and the stress… Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on November 25, 2013 at 6:00pm —
I cannot be the only one...who wonders if removing any real discussions of religious holidays from our children's public schools, in an attempt to not push religion and/or not create an uncomfortable learning environment (I'm not really sure that either of these are the reasons), is limiting our children's… Continue
Added by Janice Perry on November 15, 2013 at 8:07pm —
La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh!
Added by ingrid.O'Brien on March 17, 2013 at 1:22pm —
** Santa needs to be A LOT more organized next year.
** I may never see my son again now that Wii U is hooked up in the basement.
** Goatdog REALLY likes to open presents. Especially ones that don't belong to him.
** When it snows, everyone seems to have forgotten how to drive.
** Teepeeing the inside of your house… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 28, 2012 at 5:39pm —
** 'Tis the season to be an asshole. Apparently.
** I am not the Energizer Bunny.
** The Elf on the Shelf might very well be my nemesis.
** Anything that's lost is very likely at the bottom of my son's backpack.
** I should really write a country song cause I've got the homework blues.
** Leaving your… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 8, 2012 at 2:04pm —
With many families still struggling and even those who are not, this is an appropriate time of year to teach an attitude of gratitude. It may be easy for kids to focus on what they don’t have or won’t get, especially compared to those of their peers. Regardless of a families’ financial situation it is helpful to use the holidays as a time to teach family values. Any gift, whether big or small, can come from the heart keeping the recipient in mind. So what values are important to you and… Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on December 7, 2012 at 4:00pm —
As a kid, it's hard to see the big, wide world outside your own tiny bubble of existence. (Heck, it's not easy even as an adult sometimes!) That's why I've made it my mission to try to teach my kids to help out people in need. And one of my favorite holiday traditions for our family is to help fulfill the Christmas wish list of a child in need.
For the past… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 30, 2012 at 11:09am —
For many, the holidays are one of the most exciting time of the year – and one of
the most stressful! Who wants to spend time in a crowded and hot mall buying the same old boring gifts year after year?
That’s exactly why you need the Gift Giving Advisory Board’s 3rd Annual Sponsored Holiday Gift Guide – presented to you below.
From the comfort of your own home or office, you can choose unique gifts that your recipients will love – allowing you to spend time with your… Continue
Added by The Succulent Wife on November 20, 2012 at 7:39am —
Did you recently give birth or are expecting a new baby during the hectic holiday season?
You'll want to read about this opportunity to get postpartum wellness support via Mommies First, LLC in-person in Atlanta or… Continue
Added by Joyce Brewer on November 12, 2012 at 9:28am —
When it comes to smashed grapes, I tend to be more of a white wine lover. But every now and then, I do love to sip some red. However, this past weekend proved to me why I should probably save it for very special occasions (like when the floor is lined with plastic).
So it was a chilly Friday evening, and my hubby and I decided to open up a…
Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 5, 2012 at 11:02am —
My mother always told me to NEVER arrive empty handed when invited to a party. A bottle of wine, a box of fine chocolates and flowers are the old standbys, but if you want clever and unexpected gift ideas to woo your host or hostess and guarantee a repeat invitation, you have…
Added by The Succulent Wife on November 3, 2012 at 11:32am —
Hurricane Sandy left us cold and wet on Halloween. Normally we would hold Trunk or Treat in our church parking lot but the storm made us make some changes to our tradition. Because we have a large lobby and gym, our leader - Fred - decided we would be holding what… Continue
Added by ingrid.O'Brien on November 1, 2012 at 9:04pm —
| Amanda's doodling…
Added by ingrid.O'Brien on October 29, 2012 at 12:27pm —
The kind when you just want to scream!
Added by ingrid.O'Brien on October 23, 2012 at 8:03pm —
*This Post was originally published 10.22.2012 on A Little R & R*…
Added by Rosilind Jukic on October 23, 2012 at 3:07am —
** Skinny celebrities who say they get their cardio by "chasing their kids around" are more full of shit than my backyard.
** I don't have a few new leaves to turn over -- I have a whole damn PILE.
** Victoria's Secret catalogs that arrive in the dead of January when we're all a little heftier from the holidays can suck… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 13, 2012 at 11:22am —
Now I know why it is that people might actually eat each other even if they don’t get snowed in. As you know from all my b*tching, we trekked all the way up to Lake Tahoe for a white Christmas, and got anything but. The Donner Party is the ill-fated group of emigrants travelling near Lake Tahoe in the 1840's who got stuck in a snow storm and… Continue
Added by Heather Dugdale on January 4, 2012 at 2:48pm —
I decided this year to write a list of goals, not resolutions. To me a resolution seems too rigid, to "instant" - like if by January 5th I haven't already made it a habit that I've failed or something. A goal is more something you work toward.… Continue
Added by Rosilind Jukic on December 31, 2011 at 9:36am —
** Once again, I have no desire to go out and get all crazy on New Year's Eve. (I'd rather do it the night BEFORE New Year's Eve.)
** Christmas cookies seriously kicked my ass this year.
** Trying to write with a house full of people is like trying to have sex with a house full of people (uh....not that I would know or… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 30, 2011 at 12:07pm —
My mother=in-law showed me this super easy, super yummy cake that's so pretty and yummy and perfect for guests.
It's the No Bake Cake.
To make it you will need square tea biscuits, 2 pkgs of pudding (you can mix and match), 2/3 cups of margarine, and whipped cream. Sprinkles or chocolate shavings optional.…
Added by Rosilind Jukic on December 30, 2011 at 12:00pm —