Author: Patty

Sisterly Love, Sisterly Conflict

My daughters are approximately 22 months apart in age and even though they are only 2 and 4 years old (soon to be 3 and 5), I can tell that they are destined to be lifelong best buds.  If they aren’t playing babies, school or house, they can be found cracking each other up and giggling over the silliest of things.  Sure, you might find one of them crying every now and then over something really HORRIBLE that the other one did (like not sharing her blanket) and there is a fair amount of picking and tattling that goes on: “Mommy, Paityn pinched me.”  “Addi yell at me!”  Gasp, sob, sob.  For the most part, however, my girls get along well and I am so glad that they have each other to play with, cuddle with, and yes, even to bicker with.  After all,  important life lessons can be learned by working through conflict and disagreement. Recently, I was a bit surprised to hear from the girls’ after school instructor that they are not getting along and are being a little too rough at school lately.  When I asked my oldest daughter about it, she told me that her younger sister disturbs her when she is sitting down trying to listen to the teacher and this makes her mad.  The girls are going to be separated during after-school care since...

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You Know Kids Live Here When…

Lately, I’ve been noticing the cute little signs around our house that shout out “KIDS LIVE HERE!” Now don’t get me wrong, not everything my kids do to my house is cute.  For example, those sticky spots on the floor or the random stickers on the table and window sill, I don’t see anything cute about those things necessarily, but this: This is too cute. And this:This is sweet. And the other day when my oldest daughter was taking FOREVER to come downstairs for breakfast and I was feeling annoyed but then she told me she was just finishing up with organizing her room and I found this: I noticed that it is just adorable how she makes her own bed and places her slippers on the floor. And there is something cute even about this: Do you take a minute to notice some of the cute things your children do around your house?  If not, you should.  I guarantee you will find at least a few things to smile about among all the messes and...

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How to Build a Cardboard Box Town

If you’ve had or have young kids, I probably don’t need to tell you that a little imagination can go a long way.  My husband, on the other hand, was less than thrilled when I proposed that we build an old western town out of cardboard for my son’s cowboy-themed first birthday party. I could tell that my husband didn’t believe the kids were going to like the box town and I could sense that he thought I was wasting my time by adding another BIG project to my list of things to do in preparation for the party.  However, I had done some google research and I knew how cute this project could turn out so I was determined!  I will tell you now that when the old west box town was finished, my husband had changed his tune and he even complimented me on a job well done. The old west box town was a hit with the kids (even the bigger kids) and made an adorable back drop for photos. If you are thinking that you could never pull something like this off because you are not crafty, let me tell you that basic elementary art skills are all that you need.  Perhaps the best part about this fun idea is that the price cannot be beat!  Assuming that you have some common household items handy...

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Run Like a Mother

If you would have told me even 4 months ago that I would fall in love with running, I would have probably called you crazy.  I had dabbled with 5Ks over the years and I enjoyed the excitement of running a race but 3 miles was about all I ever had the energy to tackle.  So when a good friend of mine (our very own Sarah) asked me if I wanted to train for a 20K, I even surprised myself when I said yes!  It was a tough 2 months of training but we did it and I am so proud of us both!  Somehow, we found the time to run several days a week, meeting up for longer runs on the weekends and now, we are about to pull the trigger and register for our first half-marathon.  Yes, we are living proof that even busy working moms can reach new fitness goals with a little motivation.    The point of this post is not to brag about our big accomplishment (although we will happily take the praise), but to let you in on a few tips that might just give you the motivation you need to set some new fitness goals for yourself and more importantly, to reach them. Here’s what has kept me motivated: Tons of support from my family and friends – Talk up your training...

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Watching TV From Bed: Pros & Cons?

As I was driving to work this morning, a local top 40 radio station was conducting a poll of its listeners about whether or not it is ok to put a flat screen television in a 4 year-old’s bedroom.  Apparently, one of the employees of the radio station is considering putting a TV in his daughter’s room and so they were polling the audience. It seemed that a majority of the listeners calling and texting into the radio station were against having a television in a young child’s room but there were some people who believe it to be totally acceptable and some who even think it’s a good idea. I am about as loosey goosey as a mom can be when it comes to television watching.  I let my kids watch a fair amount of age-appropriate television.  If we are inside and they want to watch something, I will usually let them.  Sometimes they watch TV while they are eating.  Sometimes the TV is on but they aren’t really watching it.  I rarely limit the amount of kid shows they can watch.  I do, however, encourage my children to do other things and I keep them very active outside.  They would often rather be doing something other than laying around watching a show anyways and in that sense, they limit their own screen time.  I don’t see too much harm in letting kids watch television but I...

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