The more ways that we can teach our kids that holiday time should be a time for giving, the better.
I mean, when it comes down to it, don't our kids have a lot already? I know mine do.
They have a pretty good life.
They're in school.
They have the clothes they need.
They have a warm bed and food to eat.
They enjoy hobbies and play sports and bang on the iPad and rock their musical instruments.
They travel and celebrate holidays and read and play and learn. They have it … Read More...
I'm so totally psyched about the holidays this year, and I'm even more excited to share with you my favorite picks for the season.
Teach mama's 12 days of smart gifts for kids and family is underway!
Today's pick is super cool.
It's great to use as a family gift, a grandparent gift, a coach gift, or even a classroom gift.
Do you vacation with the same family each year? Treat 'em to the personalized beach version of Monopoly.
Have a teacher who loves words? Go with a … Read More...
This is an insane magazine deal, one that I have totally jumped on for my family.
It ends today, so you have to act mega-quickly.
Like crazy, super-mega quickly. Like Tuesday, November 29, 2016 8 am EST.
You can score:
3 magazine subscriptions for $12
5 magazine subscriptions for $18
10 magazine subscriptions for $30
Magazines for the whole family from Discount Mags.
Talk about a fabulous way to get your whole family reading--together.
Here's the skinny. . .
Cyber … Read More...
This week is the big week for us--lots of travel, lots of family, lots of friends, and lots of food!
Officially, the fun winter holiday season is upon us, and from here until January 2nd, it's a wild ride.
But often that wild ride means that our kids tend to be kicked off of their normal schedules.
They get tired.
We get tired.
They get cranky.
We get cranky.
And they need some down time.
We need some down time.
So we've gathered a few of our favorite Thanksgiving … Read More...
Today's weather--rainy, grey, and cloudy mirrors the way that many of us are feeling the day after the 2016 election.
What do we tell our kids today?
How do we answer their questions?
Very honestly, friends.
Though inside I felt shattered, here's what I told my kids:
What I Told My Children the Day After the Election:
Like many families, our mornings are pretty chaotic.
We allow for just enough time to get up and dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, get … Read More...
Originally published September 1, 2010, but republished today because, well, friends, everyone could use a lift.
Last week, we ran into a verrrry blue Thursday morning. Everyone was cranky, everyone was bickering, and everyone was down in the dumps.
Maybe our summertime later-night schedule was finally taking a toll on us; maybe we were anxious about the upcoming change of schedule. Whatever it was, we needed a lift.
I remembered my pal Jessica's recent post about 'Doing Good … Read More...
For some reason--maybe it was where I was in my life or just how strongly I felt about our country's need for Barack Obama to be president--I was pretty active in the 2008 election.
I should clarify: I was more active in the 2008 election than I had been in any other prior and any other in my life. I went to the phone banks. I made calls. I sent postcards. I participated in fundraisers. I met with local Obama supporters.
This election has been different for me. I have almost felt that it … Read More...
My Nana passed away last week.
It's been so hard, so sad.
And if you follow me on Instagram, you know that she's been ill for some time now--in a nursing home this summer and then a few weeks in hospice care. But it doesn't make the loss any easier, knowing that the end was near.
I've written about our power notes to Nana, I've shared bits and pieces here and there about our visits to Nana over the years and how much she's meant to me.
But I thought that today, since I can't … Read More...
Sometimes when I actually stop to think about the fact that we have a 12, 11, and 9 year old in the house, I cannot even believe it.
I absolutely cannot wrap my head around it.
I can't believe that in two years,we'll no longer have a child in elementary school.
I can't believe that in four years, we'll have a middle schooler and two high schoolers.
I can't believe that in less than ten years, we'll have three kids in college.
I honestly can't believe that all of those 'big' … Read More...
So, you're a room parent this year, huh?
Whether you've been roped into it or whether you chose to take on this important role on your own free will, there are some things you must know:
You will have a lot of fun. Really, you will. The kids are so cool. They are. And the parents appreciate you!
You will be organized. From right now until the end of the year, friend, you must stay organized.
You will need a team. So starting now, you may be the room parent, but you will have a … Read More...