All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting' (1,090)

The First Field Trip

I cannot be the only one…who was filled with dread after they glanced ahead at their child’s school calendar and saw the words “Kindergarten Field Trip to The Zoo” printed on the page.  I immediately envisioned Sonny Boy, tears streaming down his chubby little six year old cheeks, crying in a little alcove outside the gorilla exhibit, lonely and lost at the zoo on his first field trip.  My heart started racing and I knew I had to find out all the…

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Added by Janice Perry on May 9, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** I constantly feel like I'm forgetting to do something.



** And most likely, I am.



** In my next life, I'm coming back as a…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 9, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

What Kind of Mother are YOU?

There are many different kinds of mothers.  Ones that are fun and silly, some that are strict and rigid, those that are selfless and compassionate, others that are perfectionists and sticklers, and moms who are in the process of learning what defines their style of motherhood.  For me, I fall into all of these categories, depending on the…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on May 9, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

The childhood memories that fade

My son is telling me a story. It is a story about a day he spent just with me because Daddy was on a motorcycle trip. He tells me about the fun that we had during the day, including doing yoga together, making some blueberry oatmeal bars, cleaning the house, playing some board games together and then reading a new book together.



There was nothing special about the day - it was just a normal Saturday, but here's the thing: It's accurate. All the events he describes to me were…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 9, 2014 at 6:57am — No Comments

May 2014 Parenting Tip-Mother’s Day Edition

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on May 7, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Do you parent from nature or nurture?

My father used to rock me to sleep; my mother used to sing with me. These are things that I do with my son because I have such fond members of them from my childhood. But those are things I know I learned from my parents.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 6, 2014 at 6:29am — 2 Comments

Summer Camp Essentials

I cannot be the only one...who has mixed feelings about summer.  Those days of carefree hours in the sun or staying up late in the warm evenings are no more. Now my summer consist of scrambling to create a schedule for my six year old that will keep him occupied, well supervised, and allow me to keep my already very part-time, part-time job. All of this combined makes it difficult to love summer as much as I used to.

 

The best choice for our little family of three is summer…

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Added by Janice Perry on May 2, 2014 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Things I've Learned This Week

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** The world needs more creative photobombers.



** If you drive like Mario Andretti through a parking lot full of kids, you're a giant jackass.



** Winter is…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 2, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Uploading history to the family cloud (Or, that didn't happen to you, honey)

My husband and I have been together for 17 years. And during that time, we've shared a wonderful son, a collection of amazing travel photos and a series of shared memories. We share those memories even when we don't mean to.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on April 30, 2014 at 6:53am — 2 Comments

The art of a good snuggle

My son is a big boy (or so he keeps telling me). But, when the pajamas are on and the bedtime books have been read, he still wants his snuggle time with Mommy. He curls his little body into mine, sticks his cold toes against me and tells me things that melt my heart ("You smell so good. Just like a Mommy." or "I can hear your heart beat and it is beautiful.")

So, yes, I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 29, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

How do you plan on embarrassing your child?

Children are embarrassing; it's in their nature. I believe that many adults are often jealous of children's social "pass" in getting to say whatever is on their minds at any time: "That woman is fat!" or "I can see your underwear and it's blue!" or "The food you cook tastes like poopy!" are all things that can be yelled by children at the decibel level of a jackhammer with little immediate repercussions beyond a parent saying, "please use…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 28, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

Reconnect with YOUR spouse:

We all know the typical stereotypes of married couples we joke about to our other married friends.  The reason it makes us all laugh is because many (okay all) of these stereotypes are pretty much true!…
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Added by Ellie Hirsch on April 25, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

To read or not to read: Parent research

Every day, I sift through my emails and review the latest parent research. Links have taken me to information about the importance of Mommy sleep to the idea that your child's name will indicate their future job. There is the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 25, 2014 at 6:39am — 1 Comment

"Kids—You Can't Beat 'em."

“Kids-You can’t beat ‘em”, was one of the first logos in 1983, when President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I love the dual meaning of this statement. We can’t be physically aggressive with kids. But equally as important, is the message that there is special value in children. Thirty years later, we continue to promote the value of our children and their families, as well as the fact that every member of the community has a responsibility to…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on April 24, 2014 at 1:22pm — No Comments

"Kids—You Can't Beat 'em."

“Kids-You can’t beat ‘em”, was one of the first logos in 1983, when President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I love the dual meaning of this statement. We can’t be physically aggressive with kids. But equally as important, is the message that there is special value in children. Thirty years later, we continue to promote the value of our children and their families, as well as the fact that every member of the community has a responsibility to…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on April 24, 2014 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** Goatdog likes wine, which makes total sense since he is my dog.



** If it's not written down, it's not getting done.…



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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 18, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments

Why Mommy needs alone time: Part 2

My last post left off with an annoying child in a grocery store and a study about children being more aggravating than they used to be.



Let's deal with the child first.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 18, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Happy Birthday to Me

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Cue the red carpet, marching band, and fireworks, y'all, cause today is my birthday! Yippee!  But let's be real here, people -- I'm a mom, and we all know what that means. I'll be schlepping screaming kids from Point A to Point B, scrubbing skid marks out of little undies, and turning to my friend Google to help…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 16, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

Learning how to play it safe

My son has a special title: He is our safety officer. Whenever we get in the car to go to school, I tell him that he is responsible for making sure everyone is buckled up for safety. When he helps me cook in the kitchen, I've given him the responsibility for making sure I am being safe around the stove.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 15, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

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