How to Encourage Positive Risk Taking

Most parents hear the words risk taking and think of something negative and impulsive. Not all risks are negative and learning how to encourage positive risk taking in our children is important for their growth and success. Children that are afraid to take any risks at all often have a difficult time making friends, learning […]

Social Media FOMO and How to Talk About it With Teens

Have you had to discuss social media FOMO with your teens? Or is it a problem that you’re struggling with yourself? Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a relatively new phenomenon. But, it’s something that many children, teens, and even adults struggle with every day. It’s that fear that someone else is doing or seeing […]

How to Explain Memorial Day Etiquette to Kids

What exactly is Memorial Day etiquette? Before you head out this year to the parade or celebration in your town, take a few moments to understand the expected way to behave so you can be certain your children understand.  How to Explain Memorial Day Etiquette to Kids My Father retired from the Navy so Memorial […]

How to Enjoy National Happy Siblings Day

Have you heard of National Happy Siblings Day? If you haven’t, you aren’t alone. Siblings Day isn’t a date that I was familiar with either. As a matter of fact, the day came and went much like any other day. National Siblings Day is a holiday that is celebrated every year on April 10th. Mark […]

A Day in the Life – Long Past Diapers and Play Dates

I’ve been blogging for about eight years but never blogged during the time my children were little and we are long past diapers and play dates. There are no cute photos of kids in train outfits and tutus. You won’t find matching Easter outfits or finger painting. Part of me regrets that I don’t have […]

How to Create Balance in a Marriage

Do you know how to create balance in a marriage? Do you think it’s even possible? It seems like balance is one of those buzz words. You need balance at work and balance at play and balance in your health goals. It only makes sense that you need to have balance in your marriage as […]

Healthy Teenage Grooming Habits

Well it has finally happened. My son graduated high school and has a full time job. He’s just inches away from becoming an adult – almost. It seems like only yesterday he was playing with cars and watching cartoons. They just grow up too quickly. One of the things we had to work on once he became […]

Nature Based Play and Camps

This post has been sponsored. When I was little and the weather was nice, my time was spent outdoors. I rode my bike, played ball with friends, made fairy houses in the woods, and climbed over rocks and through the woods. My play was all nature-based play, although that term wasn’t one my parents had […]

Advice for the Graduate

This year is a year of huge changes in my life and the lives of my children. As parents, we think we’re used to changes. We’ve gone through the first tooth, first word, first step and many other “firsts” in our children’s lives. If you thought that watching your child get on the school bus […]

Juggling College and Family Life – How to Make it Work

Are you worried about juggling college and family life? I got married at 18 so I didn’t go to college right after high school like many people do. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and I was anxious to get out of the house on my own. Eventually, I got […]