Bullies on the Playground

The other day some of my big kids took my little kids to the park. This is one of the benefits of having so many kids. There are kids who can drive, who enjoy taking little kids to the park or the trampoline park or on playdates. Anyway, the kids arrived at the park to find they were the only ones at the playground. It was great for a while. The little kids laughed and played. They ran from swings to slides. The older kids took turns pushing the kids on swings or chatting with each other. A couple of […]

‘Mommy Bye, Always Bye’

It’s been such a long week. It’s been the kind of a week where you start to wonder what stressful thing is going to happen next. So many extra responsibilities piled up. I had a super busy week at work and then, just when I was feeling confident that I had done a great job, I realized that I forgot to get approval from the top corporate executive before sending off my report. She was not happy. And, because of this particular assignment, which came up at the last minute, I’m behind on everything else. The good news is that […]

A Day in the Life

One of the most difficult things for many parents is dealing with the terrible twos. Well, at least that’s the most difficult until hormones hit and the terrible twos is only a blip of a memory. But, that’s an issue for another day. Last time, I talked about taming the toddler. However, after I submitted the article, I realized that one of the main reasons toddlerhood is so frustrating is that adults often forget what it’s like to be two years old. Seriously, what do you really remember about being two? I’m sure it’s very little, if anything at all. […]

How to Tame a Toddler

I’ve raised my fair share of toddlers. In fact, I’m willing to wager that I’ve raised more toddlers than most. Many people dread the tantrums and energy of the toddler stage, but I have to admit that I love it. I love the opinions and the emotions of toddlers, at least for the most part. When Cassandra first started toddling around, she was adorable. (Of course, I think all toddlers are adorable.) She perfected her walking skills and then learned to run. Now, at just over two years of age, she runs, climbs, and walks steps with precision. But, for […]

Expecting Perfection

Twenty-two years ago, when I first became a parent, I was full of ideals. I’d wanted to be a mom for as long as I could remember. I knew I wanted to do my best to be the best mom I could be. I’d always been involved with kids. I’d been a teacher and had worked with youth groups in my church. I was the kid magnet when I went out with my friends. I enjoyed being around kids and was looking forward to being a parent. As family grew, through foster care, adoption, and one additional biological addition, I […]

School Days

So, it’s February, hardly a time to be thinking about the next school year. But, in reality, it’s a time when, if you’re going to make a change, you need to be thinking. Private school rosters can fill quickly. Homeschool paperwork needs to be submitted on a certain schedule. Research needs to be done and decisions need to be made. I’ve run a private school for the last 16 years. And, as a result, I’ve had the conversation with parents about the pros and cons of all schooling situations. So whether you want your kids to go to public, private, […]