Dear Parents I Used to Nanny For,
Twenty years, twenty pounds, and a marriage and two kids ago, I was your nanny. And I judged you. My parenting standards were based on unrealistic expectations. I knew nothing of the shit storm that is parenting. While I made bewildered mental notes about the state of your home, the behavior of your children, and your fashion choices, you were keeping actual human beings alive. I apologize.
I have seen the light. And so has Anna Lane, who…Continue
Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on March 18, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments
"Did you sign my agenda?"
"Where are my dance shoes?"
"I need money for the book fair!"
These are all questions that I have heard from Tween Girl as we walk out of the door during an already rushed morning.
With a little bit of preparation and patience (lots of patience), you can get out of the…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on March 4, 2016 at 9:45pm — No Comments
Added by Shelby Spear on February 4, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
One of the biggest challenges I face as a mom is not having enough time to myself and for myself. Even right now as I am trying to write this, I have both kids climbing all over me. Sometimes it can definitely be overwhelming. For me, I NEED time alone. I guess that goes with being introverted though. I find it hard to put myself first, because it seems selfish to me. When other things need to get done around the house or the kids need more time and attention than normal, I find that I put…Continue
Added by Samantha Roberts on January 30, 2016 at 1:39pm — No Comments
When Elijah brought home the flyer for a “Me and My Gal” night at his school, I admit – at first I dismissed it as something I didn’t particularly want to do. I doubted that he even paid any attention to the note about a glow-in-the-dark themed…Continue
Added by Kishona Lape on January 18, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
My son has been in school since he was six weeks old. Not daycare. School. Before he reached preschool age, he had endured extensive homework requests to put together collages of various themes, build beanstalks, retell stories and (once) to build a robot. And we did it all because education is important to me.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments
There is a phenomenal woman that I work with. Every day she comes into the office a half-hour early, sits in the break room and reads. She regularly encourages other people to take time to do the things that they love. And when I once asked her who she could make happier right now, she said she wanted to make herself happier by putting in the same amount of time into her interests as she invests in the people around her.…Continue
Fans of The Time Portal series know that the main character is called Lucky Campo, and that he gained the power of time travel after a horrific accident. In this book the author, Joe Corso, takes the reader back to Lucky’s terrible…Continue
Added by Susan Keefe on December 15, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments
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Every household has a different approach on discipline, as most parents have to learn their child's personality before they can determine a policy that is effective. For us, we recognize that our son likes to talk, so we give him timeouts during which he is not allowed to talk. It may feel unfair to him, but it gets his attention and gives us a break from any unacceptable behavior.…Continue
Imagine this: School is over. Your children go to their after-school sports activity or music lesson and finally comes home. They have time to play outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. At the dinner table, everyone has time to talk about their day before retiring for their separate activities for the evening. Your children go to bed on time.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments
My daughter loooves tea parties! She'll have tea parties with all the animals in her room, including any of her brother's toys that may have somehow gotten mixed in. Illy will throw parties for her brothers or bring me little cups of "tea" and "soup" (lukewarm water) while I'm working. She's even gotten the whole family to sit on the floor in the living room for a tea…Continue
Daylight savings, a chill in the air, and an official goodbye to summer. Grab a nice cup of tea and snuggle up! Here comes winter.Continue
Added by Dea Lenihan on November 1, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
Added by TonyaB on October 29, 2015 at 1:25pm — No Comments
A lot of mom posts and my posts as well.. are normally about how crazy mom life can be.
Because that is the truth, being a mom is hard.
But it is also great. I wanted to take this post with a different spin today.
I would like to tell you all the reasons why I love being a mom and all the great things it comes with.
Let's take a break from all the craziness today.
First off- a lot of you may know because I've…Continue
Added by Ashley Moore on October 26, 2015 at 9:21pm — No Comments
On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments
I have a day off soon. I am not going on any trips or spending time with friends or traveling somewhere fun. I am not doing anything but sitting still, ignoring all chores, and enjoying the idea that no one needs me. And I am crazy excited about it.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 28, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments
Establishing a love of reading can be tricky sometimes. Children who would rather run around and be active physically may not see the "fun" in exploring through a story... at first. The key is to choose books that speaks specifically to their interest and personality. Allow them to select which books stand out to them - superheroes, all things locomotives, comedies, comics, holiday themed, etc. As they become excited about what they're reading, they'll want to do it more! Go a step further…Continue
Added by Jazelle on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack... Repeat. There are days when I’m not exciting about having to prepare another meal. Eating is important, I know, but its nice to have a break sometimes... even if its only for one meal. This is mini pizza recipe is one that the kids can completely make themselves! All you have to do is place it in the oven, set the timer, and take it out!…Continue
Added by Jazelle on August 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
The one and only Maggie Daley Park is located in the loop or downtown area of Chicago, IL. It is a FREE public park and is 20 acres! The playground is near the Lake Michigan shoreline so not only are you getting great views of the city, you're also getting amazing views of the lakeshore.
The first thing you see when walking…Continue
Added by Jazelle on August 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments