When I was little, I had set parameters for how far I was allowed to go in my neighborhood unsupervised. Of course, "unsupervised" is a loose term here, because there were always people sitting on their front porches in our small town, but the point is that my parents were not expected to constantly hover over me. And that was great for me, because sometimes I wanted to get in some swing time and my parents didn't have to take me to the… Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 30, 2016 at 6:58am —
So how do you get your kids to be more independent? Now when I say independent I don't mean I'm going to send my 6 year old down to the corner store by herself -though growing up for me that didn't seem weird at all, but now that I myself am a parent the thought of sending my kids to just roam around by themselves seems terrifying. But at the same time I don't want them to depend on me for EVERY little thing.
Some ways I have allowed my children to be more… Continue
Added by Tasha Giacometto on April 10, 2016 at 1:02am —
If you’re anything like me, you probably fantasized for much of your life about having a little mini me one day.
Yes, there’d be a partner in the equation, but their genes wouldn’t matter much. Or something like that.
Of course, the reality of parenthood is that our…
Added by Samantha Scroggin on October 15, 2015 at 9:30pm —
When I was little, I walked everywhere: To school, to my best friend's house, to the park across the street and to the park a few blocks away. Sometimes my brother was with me; sometimes he wasn't. As I got older, I walked more places: To the store to get milk, to the theater to volunteer as an usher and sometimes I just walked for exercise.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 21, 2015 at 9:10am —
In September 2008, the financial world erupted when the largest global economic crisis in recent history rippled across the country. Experts proclaimed that it would take five years for unemployment rates to recoup, and six years for the housing market. Nearly five years in, and the state of this nation’s economy is still teetering on unsteady ground.… Continue
Added by Cynthia Helwig-Putorti on September 4, 2013 at 1:20pm —
It is fantastic to know that work and home are independent entities, so do your work at work. Work, also know as employment, is commonly defined as the state of having paid work, one's trade or profession. Work is a serious activity. Employers who are paying people to work, expect them to work. While it is typical for employees to spend a little work time goofing off or doing personal things, both these activities are frowned on my most employers. When the goofing off at work or spending… Continue
Added by Janeane Davis on July 20, 2013 at 9:07pm —
Now that summer is in full bloom, are you looking for ways to make new beginnings yourself? You've been seeing flowers popping their heads up, risking bad weather to bloom once more. If you've wanted to make some changes in your old habits but have been bogged down by winter's heavy gloom, now's the time to take a chance and go for… Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on June 6, 2013 at 12:36am —
You know you're up a shit creek when your kid comes out of a public bathroom after ten LONG minutes and says, "Uh, can you come in here and help me, Mama?" You might as well just take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and prepare for the worst. I speak from experience because I dealt with this very same scenario over the weekend when I secured my status… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 13, 2011 at 12:05pm —
As I was reading some of my… Continue
Added by denny hagel on November 5, 2011 at 10:58am —
It's storming outside tonight. Again. Continue
I'm craving sunshine. Yes. This rain-loving, born-in-San-Diegan wants warmth from the sun and natural, bright light.
But, it is still May. One more day anyhow. And another shower can't be bad for the rainforest that surrounds us here. So, I'll just write about last night. When it wasn't raining. When it was surprisingly cold out and the sun was setting beyond the forest's edge.
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Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 31, 2011 at 12:30pm —
This week, 2 countries are celebrating their birthdays.
Canada turns 143 and the USA turns 234.
And, I have just the perfect song to help… Continue
Added by Wendy Wiseman on June 28, 2010 at 9:56am —
Isn’t our goal as parents to help develop problem solving skills in our children? I think as busy moms, we often forget and take the easy road and solve problems for our kids. By repeating this habit of giving answers to our children instead of allowing them the opportunity to figure something out on their own we are really creating MORE dependent children rather than creating… Continue
Added by Susan Heid on November 14, 2009 at 12:00pm —
It is the time of year when that dreaded word "HOMEWORK" becomes a daily battle with parents - or does it? Depending on the age of your children it can cause a lot of problems, drama and opportunities for your child to engage you in power struggles. Truthfully, a lot of how your child reacts comes directly from how you approach the subject and how "little" you participate. Yep, you… Continue
Added by Susan Heid on October 23, 2009 at 11:26am —
Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs you'll ever have. While raising competent, responsible individuals capable of making sound decisions is every parents goal, creating a balance of nurture with freedom can be a difficult balance for a parent to achieve. In my opinion, being a good parent means providing a consistent framework of guidance and nurture while letting go of a little control so your child can confidently learn how to make good choices independently. Someone once told me, a… Continue
Added by Renee Martinez on August 13, 2009 at 9:59am —