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Enjoying swim lessons at Goldfish swim school

Goldfish Swim School: 10 Reasons To Sign Up

Little Miss has received complimentary Goldfish Swim School lessons in exchange for my sharing my honest thoughts about her experience. I was not otherwise compensated. As I type this, I am at one of Little Miss’s Goldfish Swim School lessons. Yes, it’s winter, and it’s cold outside, but she is sharpening her skills and learning a ton from these lessons. I’m so glad that we started coming to the brand…

LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales Naboo Starfighter

LEGO® Star Wars™ Droid Tales

Have you checked out LEGO® Star Wars™s Droid Tales yet? Here’s why you want to! I am of the Star Wars generation. Yet somehow (shhh!) I never saw any of the movies until I had graduated college and a former boyfriend sat me down to watch them. I wasn’t about to make the same mistake with the wee ones, and they adore Star Wars. Mister Man is also in love…

Exactly what you'll find in the Mabel's Labels Camp Label Pack - Limited Edition only through July 31

Mabel’s Labels Camp Label Pack

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mabel’s Labels. I received a voucher to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Little Miss is heading to camp by herself this year. At nine years old, she is sure she’s ready (and we did a test run as a family last summer), and I’m doing my best to…

Proud of the medal she earned in gymnastics

Pushing Her To Face Her Fears

Over the last several months, I have questioned myself more than once. Little Miss is on team for gymnastics. She was invited to be a part of a group of girls last year who wouldn’t compete but were expected to move up quickly this year when they started competing from level 3 to level 4 during the season. Last year, she was ok with it – especially since she didn’t…

The Game of LIFE is more than just a fun couple hours. There are plenty of life lessons - and hilarity - to enjoy, as well.

The Game Of LIFE Lessons

The wee ones and I enjoy playing board games. This week, they discovered the Game of LIFE that I had uncovered while unpacking more boxes. It was the version I’ve had since I was a kid, and they wanted to play it, so of course I carved out some time to enjoy a game (or two) with them. I hadn’t played it in years, which meant that although I remembered…

Grandparents offer the safe world where the word "no" is never uttered, encouraging our children to take risks that as parents we sometimes can't or don't offer

Because Grandparents Never Say No

I like to think that I’m a pretty good mom. I love the wee ones, and they love me right back – Mister Man and Little Miss will still even hug me in public, so I must be doing something right. We do fun stuff together. I help them when they need it, and I push them when they need it. But I’m still mom, which means that the buck…

15 tips to make homework less painful - for you and for your child. These top 15 ways are easy to implement and make a real difference in reducing frustration and improving focus

Top 15 Ways To Make Homework Less Painful

School is out – or nearly so – just about everywhere around the country. Parents – and kids – are heaving huge sighs of relief because the nightly battle over homework is over for another year. If your home is anything like mine, homework often takes far longer than it “should” before it’s completed. We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out the best ways to make it less painful…

Sometimes you have to take a step back and try to remember why it is that we chose to be mothers in the first place. Because the answers may not be immediately obvious after a bad day

Remembering Why I’m A Mom

This has not been a good week, a pretty week. Every week has its ups and downs, and with my children, there are always struggles and challenges. For some reason, this week has brought me to my breaking point. I’ve felt at times like the wee ones are purposely trying to find ways to drive me up the wall, though I know that can’t be true. Separating what I know…

Parenting challenges: When they enter the burping stage

Can You At Least Say Excuse Me?

When the wee ones were little, and I mean infants since I suppose at 8 and 10, one day I’ll look back and think that they were little at this stage, getting them to burp was hard. I could see in their little faces that they would need to, and Little Miss in particular would squirm in discomfort, but getting the actual burp to come up took quite the talent….

Top 5 Reasons my 8 year old daughter is crying

Top 5 Reasons My Child Is Crying

Little Miss is 8 years old, but I swear sometimes that she is a teenager. It isn’t because she has a teenager’s attitude or thinks she knows everything, but I swear she has hormones rocketing through her system. So when she picked up the book Reasons My Kid Is Crying by Greg Pembroke and started looking through it, the irony hit me. “Mom,” she said, turning to me, “these kids…