Our Kids & The Lost Arts

I am a proponent of technology.  In many ways, the continuing advancement of technology makes our lives easier, compact, and self-sufficient.  At the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger on a smart phone, we can basically run and execute our lives from anywhere at anytime.  Modern technology has advanced the health care industry, the automotive industry and even the food industry to the point of making our lives, for the most part, better.  <...more

5 Tips on Raising a Strong-Willed Child

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully secure the strap all on her own. I've seen the love and care she gives to all of her friends at school. I've observed how confidently she expresses herself to her teachers, family, friends, and us. I know all of these wonderful traits will take my little girl far in life and I feel so honored to be able to tag along for the ride. ...more
JoAnnMaddenCrohn That is pretty awesome. Way to turn the tables! I'll have to keep that trick in ...more

Finding a Way Home

When I heard about Robin William’s passing last night, I wasn’t surprised and shocked to hear the news as most people were. Instead, what I felt was an immense amount of sadness and a deep connection to a man I had never met and all I could do was shake my head and say a prayer. My heart immediately knew why he had left this world because my life, like so many millions of other peoples’ lives, have dealt with, and been affected by, depression and mental health issues. ...more

Parental Assuming & How It Hurts All of Us

There is a nasty epidemic going around with moms in parenting circles. It's a not-so silent but deadly killer of your fellow parents self-esteem, confidence, and respect in parenting. Unlike some diseases that slink around quietly in dark corners and look for places to hibernate, this disease has a loud and presumptuous host that likes to be all up in your face and in your business. What's this contagion, you ask? ...more

Why I Don't Feel Guilt as a Working Mom

As women and as mothers, we naturally carry guilt. Some more so than others maybe, but we all do it. At one time or another, we all have something that creeps up into our lives to make us feel guilty as parents. My biggest battle with guilt comes in the form of being a working mom. While I enjoy working and wouldn’t have it any other way, from time to time I have this little voice in the back of my head that says, “You should be making the sacrifices necessary to stay at home with your child.” That little voice isn’t always so nice....more
SeeMomWork Thank you, Elle! I appreciate you reading and your thoughts. And I agree - some of us ...more

Day Care Centers: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - What You Need To Know.

If there's one thing I've learned since having a child, it’s that all day care centers are not created equal. You definitely have the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes the very, very ugly. To be fair, we’ve also had the very, very good too and when it comes to our children, our most treasured possessions, they absolutely deserve nothing but the best.  ...more
Avery Lane Thanks for reading Avery. You did get very lucky. A lot of parents don't find what ...more