The Power of the Dinner Table

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One thing I experienced growing up was eating dinner as a family at our kitchen table. If you've read my blog very long you already know that that didn't last into my teenage years, but I remember clearly sitting around the table as a little girl eating my mom's cooking.  It was my first glimpse of the power of the dinner table and also, the subsequent lack of it. I remember that my mom had a rotation of meals that went something like this: spaghetti, then swiss steak (anyone else remember this?), meatloaf with ... [Continue Reading]

How to Make a Boo Bag {Halloween}

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Have you ever been Boo-ed at Halloween? It's one of those annoying, yet fun things that happens during this season and we just got it yesterday. Here, I'm going to teach you how to make a boo bag so you can surprise you own neighbors! Getting Boo-ed is when someone rings your doorbell and leaves behind a cute pumpkin or bag filled with candy and junk for your kids.  You also get a secret message about what being Boo-ed is about and a sign to place on our front door.  This is to alert other neighbors that your family ... [Continue Reading]

ADHD or OSA? Find Out the Difference with Easy Peezy

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Disclosure:I was compensated by Easy Peezy for this post. Stories are mine and all true.  My twins were born 9 weeks early and both experienced a variety a health issues as babies. But as they grew into toddlerhood and those things faded away we were thankful that we actually had really healthy kids without any complications. So, when our daughter was in the third grade and begun to exhibit ADHD symptoms, we immediately started down the road to diagnosis. Sure enough, after a battery of tests, she was diagnosed with ... [Continue Reading]

Parents Guide to Teen Dating

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You'll thank me later for this. I'm not going to tell you how to set parental rules for dating and if you're looking for how to talk to your kids about sex, I've covered that before. Instead, I'm going to share a conversation I had with my teen daughter and have since confirmed the truth of it with her friends. I suppose all this could be for any dating relationship, but in this era of everything being digital, I thought we could all use this parents guide to teen dating. Consider it a PSA. 1. Meeting- This meeting ... [Continue Reading]

Raising Polite Kids

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  I love what my friend Alison says about raising polite kids: "I taught Reagan that manners show people you care about them. It was also (sometimes, still) a LOT of correcting and prompting, but never in a chastising way. I am very proud of my daughter's great manners. But, even though we started manners the moment we could, I'm still teaching her. Consistency is key". Manners show people you care...I love that. While I'm no expert, I have 15 years under my belt when it goes to teaching manners and ... [Continue Reading]