Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

You might have a strong-willed child if:Commands are automatically disobeyed, just because it was a command.A seemingly simple task becomes difficult.A random stranger mutters in passing, “That’s a strong-willed child.”Can you relate to this sentiment?That last point literally happened to me recently as my family and I were leaving the gym. My daughter uttered some unintelligible demand and when my husband and I didn’t react how she had expected, she threw herself on the floor and screamed. She … [Read more...]

Vacation Bible School

Doesn’t it feel like we went straight from winter right into summer? I’m not one to complain about the heat but summer does bring about it’s own challenges like bugs, sunburn and splinters. Eww! It’s great having a break from school and homework, but summer can start to drag on once the novelty wears off. Never fear! In come various churches with their vacation Bible schools to save the day. Hooray! With themes varying from weird animals, super heroes and jungles your child will definitely be … [Read more...]

A Note to Myself this Father’s Day

Dear Self, No offense, but hush. This year, as a Father's Day gift to your husband, give the gift of being quiet. Allow him the freedom to parent in his own way without your "suggestions" confusing him and the kids. He does a lot for the kids (and you!) so show him respect and let him parent the way he does. If it’s a serious issue then speak in private. Don’t talk to him as if he is one of the kids. It won’t ever be healthy for you to reprimand the father of your children in front of them. … [Read more...]

Up or Down?

My children and I have been enjoying the sudden appearance of this Michigan summer by spending countless hours at the park. I sincerely hope you have as well! I love all the different kids running around, screaming with sheer excitement, and hearing their laughter. I also enjoy observing the different types of parents at the park. I love the 'helicopter' parent that shadows their child’s every move, regardless of age or ability. I love the 'iMom,' who just can’t be parted with her phone. What … [Read more...]

Between a Crock and a Hard Place

We sold our house in late March, forcing us to purge through items that we no longer used or needed. My husband begged me to get rid of this crummy old crock-pot. He really couldn't understand why I would keep it. It had no lid, was small, and didn't have a timer. He also claimed it was ugly. Yet, I refused to give it up. You see, this crock-pot represented my creativity and strength during one of the darkest times of my life. It represented the tough years we had experienced and the strength … [Read more...]

Why War?

My family and I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. over Easter weekend. It was really special getting to see all the different monuments and reflect on the sacrifices made for us. While it was difficult to answer our son's questions, my husband and I did the best we could. The only question we couldn't really answer was, "Why war?" It was difficult for him to wrap his mind around violence, fighting, and death. He couldn't grasp why we would honor that. I had to help his four-year-old … [Read more...]

8 Steps to Ensure Moving Madness

My husband and I just sold our first home and have recently moved into an apartment for a few months while we build a new home. It has been difficult, to say the least. We made every mistake possible and that made the process so much more difficult on ourselves! So, if you’d like a terrible moving experience, then simply follow the eight steps below. 1. Panic. This step is highly crucial in ruining your moving experience. It reduces your ability to make good, quick decisions and can … [Read more...]

The cost of high-tech kids

I feel guilty writing this after the horribly long winter we've had. However, I feel like all of us could use a little reminder about electronics and children. I will readily admit that there have been numerous times I've chosen to hand over my cell phone instead of forcing my son to entertain himself or engaging him in conversation. Parenting is hard enough without being criticized, so I in no way want to discourage you or beat you down. I simply want to express my concern over the lack of … [Read more...]

Healthy, easy, and tasty Zucchini

I am super jealous of anyone who has the ability and time to garden. I love the idea of growing my own fruits and vegetables and having that bounty at my disposal. However, we are gone too often during the spring and summer to make that possible. We are also overridden with squirrels and children at my house, which I feel would be a detriment to the healthy growth of a garden. Lastly, I do not need another thing at my house that requires my constant care and attention. I already feel a little … [Read more...]

Perspective and Pepperoni

Last Wednesday was trick-or-treat night in Rochester and I hope everyone had as much fun as we did! My husband and I invited a few friends over for pizza and fun before we took our kids out to beg for candy. We know how fun our neighborhood is and we wanted our friends to be able to have a fun experience with their kids like we’ve had in the past. We always get so many trick-or-treaters and I enjoy seeing all the children’s costumes and families out together. It was no surprise that when I … [Read more...]