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Mothers and Daughters

Sometimes I wonder if I am screwing up my kids or if they are screwing up me.  A part of me has always thought that somehow my mother’s issues became my issues, and as hard as I try not to be like my mother…I’ve become my mother.  Frankly, I think mothers are the reason therapists have…


Added by Lanita Moss on September 22, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Toddlers and Routine!! YOU NEED THEM!

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I'm going to express my opinion here as a parent and a child care giver, some may say…

Added by Heather Jones on September 20, 2011 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

Autumn is in the Air: Time to Turn on the Oven and Bake


I love the fall…cool crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons.

Here in Colorado, the aspen leaves will be turning to gold, while back in New…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on September 19, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week


** I don't fit into an elementary school desk quite like I did back in the day.


** "Pocket Frogs" for the iPhone has totally possessed my kids.


** Dark chocolate has totally possessed me.


** Charlie Sheen finally…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 16, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

"Oh, No, Not Dinner!" Creative ways we get our picky eaters to eat

"Oh, no, not dinner!!!" I can't tell you how many times a week I here this very phrase.

Ahhh!!!! The dreaded mealtime with the PICKY EATER!

It can be nothing short of TORTUROUS!

For some kids picky eating is a phase and for others it…


Added by Amy T on September 14, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Reading Starts With R!

The second guest post in the September series by Amanda Lehrman from The Momma Files.

Amanda Lehrman has a background in education and is a mother to her son Jack. Please check back here for more educational tips to prepare your little ones for school.

Reading is a skill that starts before the days of school. It begins with babies recognizing pictures in a book and progresses naturally as that child gets older. My son has a book of first works that was introduced to him when he… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 12, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Sari and Her Ray of Sunshine

There are certain people you come across in life who just always make you smile.  They are able to see the glass as half full and bring positivity wherever they go -- kinda like a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.  You can't help but to admire and respect these people cause they make you want to be a better person yourself.


My friend, Sari, is one of these amazing people.  I am in constant awe of her optimism, courage and strength.  She somehow juggles three kids,…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 12, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

9/11: Tragedy Through the Eyes of a Child… What Do Parents Say to Their Children?

With all of the 9/11 tributes airing this past week in honor of the 10th anniversary of…

Added by denny hagel on September 11, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments

When did I move to Lake Wobegon?

     Garrison Keillor in 1985 created the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. On his radio program A Prairie Home Companionhe will tell you that in his fictional hometown "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average". Last time I checked I still lived in Florida.

     There is actually something called the…


Added by Lady Bren on September 10, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Don't Check Out of Parenting

My sister and I took the kids over to Play Town to let the kids get in some fun and burn off energy. Play Town is a local business that caterers to families with children under the age of 5. It's a large room filled with activities. You can find a inflatable jumpers, slides, mini roller coasters, a playhouse, toy cars, bikes, etc. I think Play Town and other businesses like it are GREAT! It gives parents, like me, a chance to let their child play in an air conditioned and safe place with… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 9, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Is Your Toddler a Bully?

Many toddlers go through a hitting phase. For some, it is brief and fizzles out on its own, but for other toddlers the behavior escalates or doesn't stop, leaving parents more than just a bit frazzled.

Take this scenario for example:

You're at playgroup and your 18 month old walks up to the toddler next to him. With little warning he gives him a good smack right on the forehead. You apologize, slightly awkwardly, for your child, and…

Added by Amy T on September 9, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week


** Nobody ever forewarns you about all the skid marks of motherhood (and I do mean that LITERALLY).


** My kids have more energy than Richard Simmons on cocaine.


** Screaming is evidently my son's new favorite hobby.


** I sure know how to waste a crapload of time.


** Sleeping with the window open totally…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 9, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

Suburban Roller Coaster


As overly cautious as we are about protecting our children these days, it's a wonder any of us survived our own childhoods of yesteryear.  Heck, many of us probably rode home from the hospital on our moms' laps IN THE FRONT SEAT OF THE CAR (without a seat belt, no doubt)!!  All this fragility makes me wonder if our kids are missing out on some of the good…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 7, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

Helping children make good choices

Whether it's deciding to practice an important fine motor skill like painting or focus on age-appropriate…

Added by Angela Ishmael on September 6, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

Stress Fracture

Stress fractures aren’t an actual break in the bone and you can’t really see them on an x-ray, but they are incredibly painful and if not treated, they can create more complex problems later.

I have a stress fracture right now, but it isn’t in my bones.

It is in my…


Added by Lanita Moss on September 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

3 Questions to Determine If You Have A Healthy Parenting Mindset

Do you have a healthy “Parenting Mindset”? Everywhere we go we are being encouraged to examine and improve…

Added by denny hagel on September 4, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Random Toys

Personally, I think today's toys do too much. Walking through the aisles at the toys store most of the toys I see are battery operated and play music or make some sort of sound. When I was a kid, the toys we had made us use our imagination. They didn't do anything special unless we invented a story ourselves. As a parent, I try to balance the "old school" toys with the "new school" toys. The ironic thing is that at her age she easily grows tired of them.… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 3, 2011 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Discipline for Toddlers

Yesterday, a friend of mine posted to her Facebook "As a stay at home mom there are a few days I want to scream 'I don't want to do this sh#@ no more!!! That would be today.'" I could feel the frustration she was feeling by her words. I am confident I can say that all moms have been there at least once during their time as a parent. Even with the love we feel for our children there are times when the battle of wills becomes too much and our frustration overwhelms us.…


Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 3, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week


** School was, like, the greatest invention ever.


** Once again, homework can seriously suck it.


** I don't do math without my smashed grapes.


** Camping is so much more enjoyable when I don't have to be a part of it.


** My daughter's room smells like a pig took a shit in a sauna.


** The Fanta…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 2, 2011 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Healing Hands of a Sister

You can never truly understand a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.  I don’t know what it’s like to be adopted, or to be given up at birth, and I don’t know what it’s like to have reactive attachment disorder (RAD).



Added by Lanita Moss on September 1, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

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