A Piece of Clay

Don’t you kind of secretly wish your child would be interested in the same things you are? It’s not the worst thing when someone comments on how your child reminds them of you, or looks like you (which rarely happens in my case)! But, it teeters on a compliment when your kid is called ‘mini-Sarah’….

You are what you eat….

If you are what you eat, I am a caramel macchiato. That was my treat this afternoon, and it’s buy one get one free for the next couple days! …(so good!) But, seriously, how bad is that!? I’d feel a little guilty if I did this every day. But, every once in a while, we…

Chocolate cake and kitchen messes

It’s definitely my number one pet peeve for 21st century kids and parents. I just cannot stand watching families eat their Sunday lunch at restaurants while every family member is on their phone. And, I find it ultra-annoying that parents allow children to have their device anytime they have to wait, at the doctor, at…

Instead of…

Yesterday, a ‘girl’ or woman in her 20’s was at my house.We were chatting about our neighborhood and I was telling her what I like most about it. Mainly, I love our neighbors and the fact that my children can play outside without me worrying about them. She smiled and said she doesn’t have kids…

I’m FAT!

That 3-letter word produces some powerful emotions, and I’ve heard it a lot lately. It can be the biggest insult. One put-down can ruin a child’s fragile self-esteem. But, it’s also just as damaging when a child believes this about themself. One might expect to hear this from girls since their bodies go through some drastic…

Back-to-school tips

  Yes, it’s still sweltering hot and we should be lounging at the pool instead of squeezing into desks but sadly we have no choice. Summer flies by and school is back in session soon, folks! There’s always a mix a sadness and excitement as back-to-school supplies hit the Target shelves and kids eagerly pick…

Finish what you started

Inky Johnson’s motivational speech Please take the time to watch Inky Johnson’s motivational speech, above. I’ve heard him speak before but it never gets old. It’s not about football; it’s about life. It’s about challenges, problems, and obstacles. It’s about not cheating. It’s really about a mindset that many, maybe even most choose not to…

Osmosis

Mark it on the calendar. Put it in the history books. Anna asked to go running twice, not once but twice, this past week. For a girl who doesn’t believe in exercise or sweating and claims soccer is too much running, this is a miracle! Now, she has to look good while she’s out for her…

Withdrawal

It has only been four days, ok less than four days since I started my challenge. No Facebook for one month. It sounds silly; it sounds easy (and it is for some)….But, I am in withdrawal! It’s a habit, and a habit that I just wanted to see if I could change. It’s a pointless…

Quiet Time

As we complete the first full week of school, we were all hurting last night as expected. Basically from here on out, don’t ever ask us to do anything on a Friday night! We just don’t have the stamina. Not only were we dog-tired, but I had a horrible headache Thursday that snuck back to…

5 Habits That Adults Notice, and We Should Make Our Kids Practice

Don’t we all want to think our children are nice when we’re not around? Don’t you want it to be your kid whom parents actually like having over? Don’t you want your child to be trusted and do the right thing when no one is looking? As parents, I’m sure we all do. We want nice kids…

“The best night ever”

“This is the best night ever”, that’s what I overheard Anna tell Brody last night when they were playing vet upstairs with all the leftover real hospital supplies. Lately, it’s been infrequently that they’ve really played together and I can count the times on one hand. Not only are they not into the same stuff now…