Family Time in the Fall Season Together With Leaves, Bonfire and Parade

I pride myself in having a very close knit family life, being close with my children has always been of high importance to me. One of the biggest ways families these days lose that connection is by placing too high of an importance on electronics. While I don’t have any real set-in-stone rules for electronics, because the four kids tend to balance it pretty well on their own. If the time comes, I do have limits inside of my head. My middle son, Aj, really only can handle about half hour of video game play while other days he can’t […]

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How to Open up Communication with Your Tween or Teen

It’s that time, your child has grown into this tween or teenager overnight, or so it seems. Suddenly you are no longer the center of their world and they tend to talk to their peers more so than you for guidance and support. In my opinion, having a tween or teen that goes to a peer for all of their guidance and support is not the best scenario. After all, I am sure you remember what your peers probably would have given for advice and support, none of which is probably the best in the eyes of a parent. I […]

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Scholastic Summer Reading Program #SummerReading

This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer. The day arrived, we were ready to host our Reading Under the Stars event in support and promotion of Scholastic Summer Reading Program and Summer Reading Challenge to get kids reading and ready for school! The parent packet was ready, the children packet was ready and we waited for our guests to arrive. My children have been trying to keep up their reading this […]

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Shopping for my Tween Daughter

The time has come, that time when your child no longer accepts and adores your clothing selections for her. Yes, I firmly believe it happens to all of us. We all have been at that stage where the clothing choices our parents made for us would make us cringe and argue the fact that we are now too old to have our Mommy or Daddy buy us clothing. I remember being that age and I was a nightmare, I am sure, now I get to relive that stage with my oldest, which is nearing middle school age and is ready […]

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Celebrating Turning 11 Years Old, 11 Days After Birthday

This past weekend my daughter had her 11 year birthday celebration! Some family came and her friends came. There were snacks, music, fun and laughter – cake and ice cream and presents. Miss Ki got all dressed up in my skirt and an old shirt I had given her as she waited for guests to arrive… My little girl isn’t a little girl anymore … I can’t believe she is now 11 and that next year she will be in Junior High. Sigh. After Miss Ki got all dressed up she proceeded to the backyard to ensure her birthday picnic […]

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How Do you Go From Summer Brain to School Brain

It’s that time of year, many of you have had children in school for a couple of weeks now, but mine have only been in school for one week and kindergarten starts this coming week. I will have two children in school this year leaving me all alone with Baby K during the school day. I can’t wait to see how well Aj does in kindergarten and I do hope he overcomes his anxiety so that he can truly enjoy school, miss home and be happy when I pick him up from school! One of the areas I am personally […]

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Race The Old Man

Here at my house we have a bedtime routine, it involves getting pajamas one, going to the kitchen for AJ to take his medicine, then brushing teeth followed by story time for the kids. In between kitchen medicine time and teeth brushing in the bathroom we do a race. Let’s back this up a bit, about the age of two AJ refused to do anything you wanted him to do and he developed a very competitive attitude. I mean competitive, he had to “win” at eating meals, he had to “win” at buckling up, he had to “win” at everything […]

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Back To School Time is Coming

I can’t believe that school will be starting before we know it! August is next week which means the mad dash to start getting things ready for back to school, my daughter is still too young to worry about things like school lockers because that is a high school extra thing around here, not lower grades. Unless you now get a school locker when you are in the fifth and six grade school we have, who knows, haven’t been in that school in many, many years. As school starts, especially if you have a high school age child or even […]

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