OK Dear Readers… a first for me. Please give a warm welcome to my first ever, guest blogger… My Handsome Hubby, or as you may know him: HH. This is his message to his father for Father’s Day: Dad, More and more, as I raise my boys, I find myself thinking of the same scenes […]
The skinny on Santa: How to tell your kids the truth about Santa Claus.
When I was a kid, I figured out the Santa thing on my own: Why does Santa have Mom’s handwriting? Why did he use the same wrapping paper as my Mom? (Even then, the idea that he wrapped presents at each house seemed terribly inefficient to me….) As an adult, I made sure when Santa […]
Kindergarten teachers are underpaid.
Most teachers are underpaid. I don’t know how they do it. How do they keep a nice, soothing tone of voice? How do they keep those kids under control without a cattle prod? Why aren’t they in a stupor, rocking back and forth and mumbling greeneggsandhamgreeneggsandhamgreeneggsandham…? I am The Cooking Mom every other Wednesday in […]
Mommy T-Ball Challenges
I am a mom who didn’t set a good example this week… Hypocritical: I have a firm rule that if you join a team, or play a sport, you are committing to it. All of it. You don’t just participate when you feel like it. You’re in or you’re out. I played hooky from Grant’s […]
Mom of the Year? Me? pffft. Not!
I need to get a parenting blunder off of my chest. There have been so many, but this is the one that truly bugs me the most. Chinese food and bad words: A few years ago we were all hurrying and scurrying around because the elementary school’s Open House was that evening. Knowing that the […]
I think I need a lollipop too.
Grant just got 4 immunization shots, plus a shot for a TB test in order to register for kindergarten. I tried to tell him that, yes, it will hurt a little, but they will help to keep him safe and healthy, yadda, yadda, yadda. He was OK with that story, but then I had to […]
Follow that dad!
Much to his big brothers’ dismay, Grant has been watching Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, The Wonder Pets and Curious George lately. They frequently have episodes where the characters “track” an animal of some kind. Rich is also an avid outdoorsman and even has a book called Animal Tracks & Scat that was his […]
Food poisoning. It’s what’s for breakfast.
Scene: our kitchen; 7:00 a.m. Devin & Conner are at the counter, eating breakfast. Mom: (shuffling out, bleary eyed, to make some coffee…) “Good morning guys.” Devin: “Hi Mom. Listen, there was a little mold on this bagel, but I cut it off. I’m trying to eat it, but it tastes bad. It tastes funny. […]
It’s hard to be a mean mom, but it’s worth it.
Ruben Navarrette, a columnist for the San-Diego Union Tribune, wrote an article about a growing sense of entitlement that much of the country has in general, but kids in particular. He is so right on with this! Kids do think that they are special, just because their parents tell them they are. Kids do think […]
I wanted to be a hall monitor in the 3rd grade. At 40? Not so much.
Grant just hurt himself running through the house (3rd time tonight.) “Stop running in the house!” “Stop running!” “Stop running!” “Grant! Stop running!” Grant runs by a chair and hits his foot on it. There is howling, crying, clutching of the foot…. I sit him down and remind him that the reason he bumped his […]