Category Archives: parenting


I was in the store today with Josh, and he had a serious case of the CanIGets. As in, “Mom, can I get this? Can I get that? We were, blessedly, next in line to check out, and he’d gone … Continue reading

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Does the apple fall far from the tree?

What do you think about this? Does the “apple fall far from the tree?” Do you believe in “a chip off the old block?” Are you a lot like your family? Do you see the same “type” of people in … Continue reading

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Take the Money and Run?

This would have been an amazing story for the shot alone. But it’s what happened the next day that is the big story now. Briefly, Nick and Nate are twins that attended a charity hockey event. There was a $50,000 … Continue reading

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School Dress Code

So, I’m sitting at our school’s Registration Day, and some of the other moms are discussing the new handbook. They revise it every year, so it doesn’t surprise me that we have a new one. Usually, it’s revised to include … Continue reading

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Take A Breath

This article, in Britain’s Daily Mail (the American version) just irritated me beyond belief. I know I get irritated a LOT, but this is one of those general big Pet Peeves that I have: People who push their kids to … Continue reading

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A Musical Quandary

So here I am, a mom and a musician. And my quandary-of-the-week is… how do I deal with music and my son?  He is showing the same kind of love of music that his dad and I both have, that … Continue reading

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How early is too early to earn part of your own keep?

I know we’ve talked about this before but it was a long time ago and other than SKL, most of the others who come here, didn’t then. So, one more time. What brought this up was I was chatting this … Continue reading

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Don’t Have Sex, Here’s a Condom

Am I really that naïve? Is it really so unreasonable to expect kids to hold off sex until they’re at least 16? Philadelphia thinks that I am. And so do a lot of commenters. Here’s my issue. The City of … Continue reading

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Pet Peeve #3289: Pronoun Trouble

Yep, another Pet Peeve Post. I have a lot of ’em. Bring them out when I have nothing else to say. Which is why you don’t see them very often. So here’s my Peeve: Adults who talk in the third … Continue reading

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Backseat Activities

I am well aware that, in the past, I have been less than patient with the ridiculous number of pandering and arrogant PSA’s that litter my talk radio throughout the day.  It is appalling how many times there is someone … Continue reading

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Drunken Playdates?

This is a topic with which I am completely, utterly unfamiliar. On The Talk today, the ladies touched briefly on the subject of drinking while on a “playdate”.  Now, I don’t do traditional playdates very often. I don’t get with … Continue reading

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Parental leaves

What do you all think of this? I think I may feel differently than the rest of you but I’m not sure. I think this is a topic we’ve never discussed here. I’m going to tell you how I feel … Continue reading

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A Party Fit for a Princess?

Ok people, I have to preface this by saying that I checked out how much it would be to have a McDonald’s birthday party for Josh, and nearly choked at the $130-$150 price tag.  So this video almost put me … Continue reading

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A trip to the police station

I can remember when my boys were little. I don’t remember how old they were but they were under 10. I took them to the fire department so the firemen could talk to them and explain the warnings and dangers … Continue reading

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Boys vs Girls

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Joel Northrup.  He’s a home-schooled Iowa wrestler who qualified for State with the Linn-Mar Wrestling Team.  When he got to his first round, he discovered he was paired with Cassey Herkelman of … Continue reading

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Make Up for the Little Ones?

My life is now complete.  Wal*Mart is coming out with a new makeup line.  It’s called “GeoGirl”.  And it’s designed for the 8-12 crowd.  Oh, thank goodness.  Finally!  Somebody is stepping up to fill that gaping hole left in the … Continue reading

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Life-Changing Decision?

We’re all parents here – or I think most of us are.  Here’s a dilemma that I hope none of us ever have to face, but it presents an interesting question. Watching Dr. Phil today, the audience was introduced to … Continue reading

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When Do You Turn Off The Tap?

Men, you are excused from this discussion if it’s gonna skeeze you out. That’s the last warning you get. There’s a story being bandied about the Mommy Blogs about this woman, because she continues to breastfeed her six year old … Continue reading

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His Mom was Careless

I saw this little boy’s picture circulating around the internet a couple weeks ago, and didn’t think much about it.  It appeared, I think, as part of a post on a mom-blog site that I read, but I didn’t read … Continue reading

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Another Blantant Product Review

I promise, I’m not going all “Environmentalist Wacko” on you.  But I have always been a “Practical Greenie”.  I believe in conserving resources, growing my own food or buying as much as I can locally, not using pesticides unless I … Continue reading

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Let us pray…

“Thank you, God, for this food. For rest and home and all that’s good. For wind and rain and sun above, But most of all, for those we love.” Thus begins every meal in our house, unless Josh chooses to … Continue reading

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The Life of Mom

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Too Much, Too Soon?

Meet David Sills, Jr.  David is in middle school, a seventh grader in Delaware who loves to play football.  And he’s entered into a verbal agreement with USC to play for them in 2015. I was all set to be … Continue reading

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Fussy eaters. What did/do you do?

Here’s a little conversation that took place one day on Facebook with the names taken off to protect the innocent. A friend of mine put this: I need help. What do you do with kids that don’t like what you … Continue reading

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Chores? Allowances? What works for you?

A few of us were talking this morning on Facebook about how to go about getting kids to do their chores. Laura put the question out there and Nikki and I both commented and I thought it would be a … Continue reading

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