Emma Lost Her First Tooth | Two Rows of Teeth?

Emma Lost Her First Tooth | Two Rows of Teeth? Emma will be 7 in November and she just lost her first tooth. F I N A L L Y!!! She was so sad throughout kindergarten that she was one of the few that still hadn’t lost a tooth. She would have us check her teeth for wiggles so often I lost count. She finally found a wiggler and went to work. We soon realized that her grown up tooth was coming in behind her front row... almost like a second row … [Read more...]

What Happened to Super Mom?

What Happened to Super Mom? I had my oldest when I was 21. I was young, energetic and had the patience of a saint. My friends and family would refer to me as “Susie Homemaker”. I loved rolling around the floor playing with my daughter, I kept an immaculate house and love to cook and bake... a lot. Seriously, my husband’s co-workers would call our house to place an order for a particular cookie because I sent them to work with him so often. I … [Read more...]

Solving Parenting Challenges: Age-by-age tips for Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums

Solving Parenting Challenges: Age-by-age tips for Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums I received this article in my inbox this morning and it struck a cord with me. I have been dealing with a few meltdown/tantrum issues with Ethan and I thought her ideas were spot on... so I wanted to share. I hope this helps someone else! ****** No parent wants to face down a child's tantrum, particularly in public. However, it's one of the challenges we all … [Read more...]

Are You Raising An Adventurous Kid? | 5 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside

Are You Raising An Adventurous Kid? When I was little, I remember begging to go outside to play with the neighborhood children the minute I was done with breakfast and wasn’t ready to settle down inside until the sun set after dinner. I would be exhausted, smelly, dirty and very happy. I had the opportunity to write a guest post on this topic that includes 5 ways to  get your kids outside over at Jen and Barb, Mom Life ... a site … [Read more...]

Small Kids and Food | How to Cope

Small Kids and Food | How to Cope When it comes to small children and eating habits, there’s just no sense in trying to make sense of it all. Some days they’ll eat anything you put in front of them, and some days they want nothing but animal crackers dipped in ketchup…off your plate…and only if they can eat them under the table wearing a bathrobe and a Spiderman mask. When you’re worried about getting good, nutritious food into your little … [Read more...]

Project 366 | Day 9 | Two Kids and a Box

Project 366 Day 9 Two Kids and a Box My kids oftentimes enjoy the boxes most goodies come in more than the goodies. Today was no exception. They spent hours playing with this box! … [Read more...]

Snack Chat with Yoplait Kids and Christine Coppa

I wanted to share some fun videos from Yoplait Kids and spokesperson Christine Coppa, best known for her Mama's Boy blog at Parenting.com and as the author of Rattled!. This is the first in the series of webisodes called the Yoplait Kids Snack Chat series where Christine and her pre-schooler J.D. practice good snacking habits, as she discusses topics like overcoming pickiness and setting a good example at snack time. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Time Keeps on Slipping…

You know the song... Time Keeps on Slipping by the Steve Miller Band. Oh, so true. Things have been happening around here that remind me daily that my children are no longer babies, that time is slipping through the hourglass faster than it's supposed to. My oldest is starting her SECOND year in college (HOW can that BE?), Josh is starting Jr. High... next year is his Freshman year... WTH?? Emma has begun "beginning reading skills" and tries to … [Read more...]

What Goes Around….

What goes around... comes around, right?  Emma & Ethan are a big 21 months apart. For quite some time now we have been telling Emma to "be nice", "don't hit", "please share", "he is going to be your best friend" etc in regards to Ethan. Of course she did as she pleased, but we oftentimes told her "Ethan is going to be bigger than you someday... be nice!".  Emma is our tiny girl. All of my children are 100th %ile and larger babies, … [Read more...]