Friday, November 30, 2018

My house is sleepover central, and I love it

Please check out my latest article in Her View From Home:

My house is usually full of other people's kids -- and I love it!

If your house is also Grand Central Station, or if you prefer the peace and quiet, let me know in the comments.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Signs you took your kid to an inappropriate movie

Have you ever accidentally taken your child to an inappropriate movie? If so, you're not alone!

Check out my latest article in Blunt Moms:

8 signs you took your kid to an inappropriate movie.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Alternatives to hugs and kisses

Much has been written lately about not forcing our kids to hug and kiss this holiday season. Here are some alternatives I offer my children when they greet people they don't want to smooch!


Thursday, November 15, 2018

6 lessons from our Thankful Pumpkin

We jumped on the bandwagon this year and kept a pumpkin after Halloween. Each night at dinner, we've been coming up with one thing we're each thankful for and write them with Sharpie on the decorative gourd.



After three weeks, here's what I've learned:



1. My family dislikes these exercises but will succumb quickly. After three days, it's routine and even the loudest grumbler gets with the program.



2. I always thought my teen, an anxious A-type like him mama, hated surprises. I was totally wrong! He's actually grateful for them, and I have his writing on the pumpkin to prove it. Who knew?



3. My youngest is more introspective and scientific than I give him credit for. He's thankful for oxygen, electricity and his senses.



4. OK, one of us said WIFI. But to my delight, no one lauded the Xbox, Fortnite, YouTube, Netflix or even their computer or television. 



5. Little mundane pleasures overwhelmingly topped everyone's list. Friends. Tacos. Fleece jackets. Clean dryer ducts and the new light in the garage. Rock climbing. Rice with dinner. Warm blankets and a cuddly dog. No one picked their iPhone!



6. Pumpkins smell funky after a few weeks. 



Yet, even after we retire the moldy written-on squash to our garden, I'm glad we tried this little experiment. It got us talking. It put us in a thankful mindset. And we learned a little about each other. 



And that is truly something to be thankful for.



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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Why I stopped looking at my teen's grades online

I'm thrilled to be featured on Grown & Flown today with my article:

Why I stopped looking at my teen's grades online.

Do you monitor your kids' grades online? Let me know in the comments.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

When you eat with a vegetarian...

I've been a vegetarian for many years, and here's a funny article about the reactions from non-veggies I've eaten with over the years.

If you're friends with a vegetarian, I challenge you to send them this article and see if they agree.

The six people every vegetarian has dined with.

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