So our recent "tricky person" blog post spread like wildfire--something I truly never expected. We've been both humbled and grateful that our story has been the catalyst for so many family stay-safe discussions.  The overwhelming response to that post made it obvious to me that I am but a small fish in a sea of concerned parents who are thirsty for resources that can help us keep our kids safe. Teaching our kids the information and skills they need in order to handle unsafe situations breeds...

Let's talk about chores, shall we? The whole family chore thing can be a headache. No, a migraine. The kind that leaves you crumpled on the couch with a puke bucket. Organizing a functional family chore groove is a lot of work--for you. And unfortunately kids aren't willing to inflict chores upon themselves, so the energy to keep a system going depends on you too. Feel the weight yet? I know I do. So as the chore weight-bearer in my family, I'm an advocate of doing whatever it takes...

Note: I've recently noticed this post circulating under the headline of "attempted abduction." Please know I have never asserted that my boys were nearly abducted. There is no way of knowing what these individuals' intentions were in approaching my sons. I only know that it made my sons feel scared and unsafe. Quick backstory. Actually, I'm incapable of condensing anything so it can be considered "quick" but I'll try. Three days ago I was in the shower around 8:30am when it felt like I was shot in my...

We just moved across several states. We hired four professional movers to play Tetris with our belongings so they'd fit in one ABF trailer, then strapped the sad remainder of our crap on a 14-foot trailer and drug it 1,200 miles to our new home. Sigh. These last few weeks have been big. And emotional. All the while we were showing, selling, packing, and moving, I've also been writing my little head off. Two days before we rolled out of town, I finished up the last chapters...

It's already been a week since I last posted. Wow, time flies. Especially when you're trying to write a book about spending meaningful teaching moments with your kids while you beg them to leave you the heck alone so you can get something done. Ha, I'll get it eventually. I hope. Nevertheless, it's now Friday and in an effort to blog about something that won't be a complete waste of your time, I find my mind turning to one of my favorite...

I can think of quite a few useful mothering skills I've adopted and honed over the last 10 years of my motherhood adventure. For instance, the 'driving one-handed so I can toss things into the back seat' skill. The 'licking an ice cream down to the perfect size so it won't melt before they can finish it' skill. The 'whipping dusty old snacks from the depths of my purse and make it look delicious' skill. The 'wetting my pants when I jump...

"Ugg" - my 3-year-old daughter's favorite exclamation. Let's go ahead and call her Little Lady. Little Lady says it when she's angry. She says it when she's been misunderstood or misinterpreted. She says it when she doesn't get her way. And the other day, she said it at Costco. She wasn't angry or misunderstood. Her words hadn't been the victim of misinterpretation. No, on this Costco trip, she said it all because of a shmugly velvety Cinderella pajama dress. She wanted it. Badly. We darted in front...

You're back! Yay. Because this part usually peaks people's curiousity. And, can be divisive, so that's exciting, right? Haha. Are you ready to know what else I lump in with 'household chores' and shell out money for? The learning of life skills. Yes, in my house, it pays to be independent. At least at first. Some examples of these skills across the board: trimming your own toenails/fingernails, using matches safely, making a phone call, scheduling your own appointment, tying your shoes, writing a grocery list,...

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