behavior management

how to talk to kids about alcohol and underage drinking
April 16, 2013 2 comments

how to talk to kids about alcohol and underage drinking

———sponsored post———- My kids are not babies anymore, and I often have to remind myself of that. I started this blog way when Cora was 1, Owen was 3, and ...

strategies for handling sad, tragic news--as a family
December 15, 2012 11 comments

strategies for handling sad, tragic news–as a family

Today, my heart is heavy with the news of the shooting in Newtown, Conneticut, and though I am not at all close to the area and though I do not ...

results of our family's 3-week oral care challenge
November 4, 2012 2 comments

results of our family’s 3-week oral care challenge

Okay, so the results are in for our family’s 3-week oral care challenge. And our findings are both good–and bad. I have to say that our Oral Care Challenge couldn’t ...

let's talk about learning disabilities-- with the experts at NCLD
October 24, 2012 4 comments

let’s talk about learning disabilities– with the experts at NCLD

Everyone I know is touched somehow, in some way, by learning disabilities. Whether it’s a child, sibling, spouse, or parent, in my life, learning disabilities know no bounds.  It seems ...

quick trick: how to eliminate bickering
April 23, 2012 32 comments

quick trick: how to eliminate bickering

Do your kids bicker? About where they sit in the car. . . or who gets the last bowl of the ‘good’ cereal? About who gets the first shower, the ...

bullying: end it at home, school, everywhere
April 5, 2012 26 comments

bullying: end it at home, school, everywhere

Thanks to The Bully Project for sponsoring my writing. Visit their website to join the movement and learn more.     Bullying is not okay. It’s not okay at home, ...

new for us friday: gem jars 2.0
March 2, 2012 25 comments

new for us friday: gem jars 2.0

    This New For Us Friday I’m sharing a new and improved version of one of the best things we’ve ever invited into our home: gem jars. We introduced ...

family paper roll dolls: a silly way to help teach emotions
November 22, 2010 23 comments

family paper roll dolls: a silly way to help teach emotions

  I’ve had a really difficult time with my sweet Cora lately, and I’m not sure how much longer we can chalk her hot-headedness up to a bad case of  ...

teaching kids to stand up for themselves
November 12, 2010 21 comments

teaching kids to stand up for themselves

  It’s been a gorgeous fall week here, so one morning, Owen, Cora, and I spent a good while at the park with our buddies.  Turns out there were a ...

the special plate: celebrate success as a family
August 10, 2009 12 comments

the special plate: celebrate success as a family

About two years ago, I ran across this huge, crazy, red, gaudy Special Plate at our local home design store. It was a no-brainer for me to pick it up, ...

trying to keep smiling: quick trick, rest time
March 5, 2009 5 comments

trying to keep smiling: quick trick, rest time

This is one Quick Trick that now is worth about a million bucks to me: I remember the day I actually learned it–way back when Maddy was an infant–I just ...