Parenting

Home » My People » Parenting

I always say, if you aren’t yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them. – Reese Witherspoon

Look, I am not the perfect mom. We all fail sometimes, but parenting is not about being perfect. It’s about doing the best you can and what’s right for you family. These are the best days, and maybe some of the hardest, but the love and laughter, and watching that tiny human blossom, makes it all worthwhile.

5 ways virtual schooling is impacting families

Parents working from home while kids are virtual schooling can be a challenge. Ahem, understatement. If you have younger children, your work/school balance is likely very difficult to manage. You’re working ridiculously late at night, your video conferences are a...

read more

Behind every great Girl Scout, is a great cookie mom

The postman has nothing on a Girl Scout mama. Through wind, rain, sleet, heat, snow, ice, she's voluntarily out there with blankets, umbrellas, sun screen and a smile,  all to help her kid hustle cookies. Her groceries ride in the passenger seat because her...

read more

Teach Kids About Responsible Drinking

My Facebook messenger exploded last night and continues to burn my battery up this morning with new comments every few seconds. It is a tsunami of messages from my Alpha Gamma Delta sisters –– all compassionately offering love and contributions for one of our...

read more

Routine is the mother of sanity

Kids thrive on schedules and routines, because life flows more smoothly for the entire family when a routine is in place.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety: What You NEED to Know! Last week I attended a safety academy in Dallas with other moms from Bloggin’ Mamas. The academy was a Nissan Diversity Event and was held in conjunction with Child Passenger Safety Week 2017, which ran from September...

How I get my kid to love to read

You may have seen my IG post recently about my hail mary effort to get the Cupcake to start reading again before school starts with a collection of comic books -- all the comic books she wants. She’s a GREAT reader, in fact she tests at the top of the charts on...

How my daughter running track changed my life

I’m raising a tiny athlete. She loves sports and has an insatiable appetite for soccer and basketball. Though this summer, she asked to add track and field into her sporty mix. Having been a track junkie growing up, I wasn’t about to say no – although I had some...

Earn money to try free diapers

Did you know the average grand total of diapering your child for 3 years is 4,469 diapers!? That equals over $2,000 on diapers alone! I’m glad those diaper days are behind me, but I feel the pain of my parent friends who are suffering from the cost of the oh so many...

read more

Teacher Gifts: The truth about what teachers really want

“I’m not giving teachers lotions and soaps and food crap anymore!” On a recent episode of Mommy Upgrade Live, my co-host and BFF of a thousand years, Molly, made the above statement – EMPHATICALLY. Molly recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in an...

read more
It’s the PINK-honest truth

It’s the PINK-honest truth

This is a sponsored post in a really good way. Please read on: Moms do a lot of things they don’t REALLY want to do. For example, I don’t REALLY like to fold and hang up all the laundry that child can produce. I don’t like to spend nine hours of every week driving...

read more
Lots of Little Movers at OK & Huggies Play Date

Lots of Little Movers at OK & Huggies Play Date

Hey y'all - You know how Ellen has correspondents that she sends to different events and they report for her? Well....please welcome my (self-named) "Guest Granny" blogger Barbara! 🙂 She's been a friend of mine for eons and graciously went as MY baby correspondent...

read more
Mid summer boredom busters you can do from home

Mid summer boredom busters you can do from home

At-Home Mid Summer Boredom Busters It’s mid-summer. Has the boredom set in yet? Are your kids complaining they have “nothing to do?” Yes, I hear all the moms who profess that boredom is good. “Kids creativity comes out when they’re bored. Don’t entertain them. Don’t...

read more
The Curmudgeon Goes To Camp

The Curmudgeon Goes To Camp

The Cupcake is 7. This is the first year I decided to keep her “home” for the summer. I work from home, so it’s a true test of her independence -- and my patience. So far, we’ve front-loaded the summer with camps and other than her developing an unhealthy reliance on...

read more
Our “conscious uncoupling”

Our “conscious uncoupling”

I’ve never connected with Gwyneth Paltrow before I had the realization that I’m having a “conscious uncoupling” from my six year old. It’s not my idea, it’s the Cupcake’s. And don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with her newfound sense maturity, even though I’m secretly...

read more
Spoiler Alert: Where babies come from

Spoiler Alert: Where babies come from

I was just innocently driving home from soccer practice. “Mommy, how does the baby get into the mommy’s tummy?”  Thoughtful pause… “The Daddy puts it there.” (Why didn’t I say something about a stork, or God, or – look, there’s a motorcycle! Anything to delay this...

read more
First Day, First Grade

First Day, First Grade

She did it. She started first grade. In a whole new school. Making all new friends. With an all new (to her) teacher. The old Princess Cupcake would have been a clingy, worried mess. We would have had a melt-down the evening before and nightmares to boot. For...

read more
Dance Mom 101

Dance Mom 101

It’s dance season. And that means one thing: Terror for the new dance mom as she tries to navigate these unchartered waters. This is my third go around, and I was lucky enough to have been befriended by a veteran mom who shared a few tips with me before, (some after),...

read more

Follow Me

Hey y’all!

I want you to meet my people. These are them, these are my soul sisters, my spirit animals, the companies I love.

Sign Up

Pin It on Pinterest