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Applebee's After Dark and other musings of a tween

Booze, chicks at the bar, lewd behavior, all on a Saturday evening and...

at the local Applebee's.

Ok, so, maybe there wasn't booze, chicks at the bar, or lewd behavior. This was the behavior my 9 year old daughter, Flower, "saw", what she cooked up in her head and swore off ever eating at an Applebee's again.

Let me explain.

Saturday is our day to eat out for dinner. The Hubs recommended Applebee's because he wanted to use a gift…


Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 1, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Why I created a Lady Lair and you should too

Nobody backs baby into a…closet? For all you youngins, go watch Dirty Dancing to partially get that reference.

See, I’ve always wanted my own space. Seems that everybody in our house has a space to call their own. When we moved last summer, my…


Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 1, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dear Facebook friends: Is blue poop normal?

There is a moment in most modern parents' lives, when you will find that your parenting instincts fail you. It's not a happy moment and you certainly aren't ready for it, but there it is.…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 27, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

The Importance of Kindness to Yourself

According to our school calendar, we are solidly over the half-way mark for summer and this week, I started to feel the effects of trying to work from home while my kids are all basically home (with the exception of a few camps). I was mindful not to place too many expectations and items on my work To…


Added by Erin Taylor on July 22, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Families and Fighting…Is It All Bad?

stop fighting My husband and I recently got into an argument and while of course I was right, as usual, I could not just walk away.  I knew that my kids were watching but I needed to express how I was feeling at that moment and don’t regret it.

Aren’t we supposed to save our arguments when…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on July 17, 2015 at 9:32pm — No Comments

A Screen Time Battle With a Good Outcome

We were leaving for church last Sunday, and my 8 year old was playing on his iPod. This is not an unusual occurrence and my son is usually the first one ready each day when we need to leave so it is rarely an issue. But as is usual in the summer, our routine has gotten a bit lax, and he has had a…


Added by Erin Taylor on July 17, 2015 at 10:36am — No Comments

How To Stop Tattling

I adore my children but having all 4 of them home all summer can get a little crazy!  Plus my husband working in real estate has a pretty hectic and inconsistent schedule.  So it's a lot of mommy versus the 4 little monkeys.  One things that really makes me want to climb the walls is the amount of tattling.  Yes, I know for children (siblings at that) under 7 years old this is very common but it doesn't make it any less…


Added by Kristi Blok on July 6, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

OCD in Children: Are you Missing the Signs?

If you or someone in your family has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) – your child is more at risk of getting OCD. OCD is believed to be inherited. So, along with eye color and hair color – your child can get OCD and Anxiety.

I have seen OCD symptoms in very young children in my therapy practice.…


Added by Natasha Daniels on June 30, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Manners and Hospitality for Your Children

There is nothing more embarrassing than your kids insulting your friend’s hard prepared meal. It’s important to introduce manners and hospitality at an early age. This will help them grow and progress through life with ease. Having good manners can prepare your child for life whether it is his or her career, relationships or anything else. So here are a few tips to get you started on teaching your children manners and hospitality for everyday life.



Added by Dawn Wells on June 29, 2015 at 12:27am — No Comments

How to Help your Toddler Sleep

Sleep issues are the most common toddler problem I see in my child therapy practice. Toddler sleep can be an ongoing issue because they just won’t sleep! They fight going to sleep, they fight staying asleep and they don’t get enough sleep. It also seems like they instinctually know that we, as parents are the most…


Added by Natasha Daniels on June 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Signs your Toddler is Conspiring Against You!

Don’t let that cute smile and those stubby little hands fool you. Your toddler, my toddler – they are all on mission to destroy us. Their goal – to wear us down, weaken our defenses and slowly gain full control of the household. Don’t believe me? Not into conspiracy theories? You think this sounds like…


Added by Natasha Daniels on June 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why you are your mother

Somewhere in the ever-growing list of apologies to my Mother, I am making a point. (It's subtle, but it's there.) The point is that my Mom knew what she was doing when she was raising me and that she showed me lots of love and support every day. Those are just a few of the reasons I find myself incorporating some of the things she did into…


Added by Lauren Markman on June 23, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments

Connection Advice for Parents Who Travel

This week is a busy week for me. My kids finish school tomorrow. The next day – Wednesday – is the first official day of summer break for them and then I leave for a work conference on Thursday. My younger two kids do not particularly love when I travel for work, so last year around this time when I left for…


Added by Erin Taylor on June 22, 2015 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

“A Dad’s Perspective”: The FEAR of Father’s Da

The popular series, “A Dad’s Perspective is back!  Mommy Masters welcomes Chris Cannon, Bestselling Author and creator of The Manhood Model, who shares his perspective about…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on June 19, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Do What You Want


I watched her seamlessly round up her four children as they splashed, swam, and dove in the pool.

She called out their last name to summon the two oldest boys, who were 50 yards away and in line for the slides. She motioned with her pointer finger to the middle daughter, who was paddling away and whispered something to her youngest daughter, who was romping in…


Added by Rudey's Room on June 18, 2015 at 7:42am — 2 Comments

10 Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to an Amusement Park This Summer

           When weighing the pros and cons of yet another costly summer activity, we as adults tend to focus on the mature things. How much is this gonna cost? Can I get the time off work? Is it educational for the kids? Will this provide too much structure, not enough structure, build relationships, promote independence, increase physical exercise, allow for creativity, encourage teamwork, stimulate without over-stimulating, etc., etc., etc.

            But, what if we…


Added by Shivonne Keiser Costa on June 15, 2015 at 9:32pm — 1 Comment

The Mommy Camp Diaries:

 The summer has arrived, which means lots of camps for our little ones and that includes “Mommy Camp”.  What is “Mommy Camp” you ask?  It’s when your child does not attend a structured camp but instead hangs with you, Mom, a.k.a. the “Mommy Camp”…

Added by Ellie Hirsch on June 15, 2015 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

Tears at Camp…and Not From My Child:

Yes, I was that mom that could barely get enough strength to leave camp this morning and get on with my day.  The one who had tears in her eyes, the one whose heart you could hear pounding and the mom who looked sad and mournful.  I know what you are thinking.  How could I be mourning my new found freedom of having three kids in camp?  Why wasn’t I shouting “Hooray” and celebrating my day ahead sans kids?

smiley_crying Believe me when I…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on June 9, 2015 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Changing The Game In Youth Sports

Here is my recent interview with John O'Sullivan, author of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids. John is originally from New York and graduated in 1994 from Fordham University, where he was a soccer team captain…


Added by Erin Taylor on June 8, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

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