Tag: creativity

I Like You The Way You Are

And, I realized in that moment, that although I probably will not always have the energy for some of his crazy ideas or the patience for his demanding that they come to fruition immediately, I do have to remember that they are his ideas … and that they are important to him. Sometimes, he is trying to speak to me—in his own creative voice—and it does not always sound like yours or mine.

In Defense of Screen Time: The Benefits of Playing Video Games as a Family

File under Stuff I’ve Probably Already Talked About, but in the wake of this article in the Atlantic that constructs a bogeyman threat of how young people are being ruined by their smartphones, I wanted to address a few oft-overlooked points about the benefits of screen time. I won’t dish all the details of my

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Top 4 reasons why playing with my kids is the worst

“Mommy, will you play with me?” I pretend I don’t hear it. But it grows louder, “Mommy, MOMMY, MOOOOOOOM!!!” Oh, no! We made eye contact. There is no denying now that I heard it.  And my three year old knows too. “In a minute, buddy. As soon as I finish what I am doing,” I

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A Kid’s Christmas

Last year after my daughter’s third birthday party my grandmother told me, “You have a real kid’s house. You can tell they have a lot of fun here.” I know she meant this as a compliment so that’s how I took it. She meant that kids are welcomed here, that we are a happy house,

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Parenting Hacks: From Jelly Beans to Family Sleepovers

We’ve all got ’em. Those little tricks up our sleeves to get ourselves and kids through the day, to GSD*. Here are a few of my best tactics. Jelly bean currency. I keep a bag of Jelly Belly’s (Kid Flavors!) in my car. When I forget to bring a snack to afternoon pick-up, I dole out

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Mom Tips: How to Stay Sane

Are you the ideal mom? You’re in the kitchen cleaning while the baby is playing and husband walks in from work–starving!  So you get him something to eat, feed the baby, and sit and enjoy your family for a few minutes.  At this point you’re feeling like supermom.  The laundry is being done, kitchen clean

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Feeling Victorious: Nourishing my Body and Spirit

We moms know that not much else compares to feeling like you have your sh*t together. Those periods of time where you feel relatively balanced and you’re able to tell yourself, “I’ve got this!” To be honest, it’s a feeling I’m not quite used to having, but am enjoying right now. Maybe sometimes you just have to hit your

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Building New Holiday Traditions

Now that Jack is 3 ½ years old, Christmas is a REALLY big deal. This makes it even more fun for my husband and me. There is nothing we enjoy more than listening to how excited he gets about Santa and snowmen and Rudolph. There’s nothing better than seeing his eyes light up when he

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