Promoting Independent Kids

by Becky I hope both of my children will grow up to be assertive and independent adults. It would sadden me if, as adults, they turned out to be basement dwelling individuals who are unable to function in the real world. I’m trying to do my part as a parent to teach them the basic…

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No, I’m Not A Know-It-All

by Andi But I’m also not giving unsolicited advice. In other words: YOU ASKED. And Here’s How That Goes Down 1. I know the answer. I give it to you in as much detail as possible. I’ll even point you in the direction of the proof since I’m CLEARLY not credentialed and am known to give out…

Another Trip To Target

by Becky Sitting in the parking lot, studying the people coming and going through the doors of Target, it would seem that this store may be the equivalent to the casinos throughout Las Vegas. There are no clocks on the wall, no windows to let you see outside and I wouldn’t be surprised if they…

New Year – Same Me – Just Better!

by Becky I spent most of my childhood doing what I thought my parents and teachers wanted, and then I spent my adulthood doing “the right thing,” despite not really knowing what that accomplished for me personally or what the right thing was, anyway. I ignored the little voice saying maybe I should try something…

House Of Hairspray

by Becky Recently, I grabbed my step-sons iPhone and looked at the first few artists on his Spotify app, I came across Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Freddy Wap, Drake, and Savage. While only in their teens, both of my kids are obsessed with this genre of rap and hip-hop music. While they both can…

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The Playdate Generation

by Andi Playdate: a compound word consisting of play, and date. And they simply do not belong together…whoops, that’s not the definition. Playdate by definition:  a play session for small children arranged in advance by their parents. #gag Merriam-Webster says the word was first used in 1975, the year I was born, and yet, I don’t recall…

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ATTENTION: Parents Of The Bully …

by Andi It’s that time of year again. Back to school. Already. School supplies have probably been purchased. The first-day outfit is picked out. Classes are scheduled and orientations are starting. But has anyone addressed the elephant in the room?  Everyone has had experience with a bully. Even if not by direct association, we have…

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Dear Society: My Emotional Child Is Not Broken

by Andi It’s Saturday morning and we’ve just pulled into the parking lot; Ava (14) and Alexander (12) have archery class. Jordan (9) will wait with me. He has no interest in archery.   Ava’s not feeling the best, runny nose, a bit of a headache. She decides she’s not going to participate today, says she doesn’t want to…

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Raising a Child with a Disability

by Becky I never saw it coming. She wasn’t on the pediatrician’s radar. She didn’t “appear” any different just by looking at her. It’s absolutely called Pragmatic Language Syndrome and on the autism spectrum were the last words I expected to hear about my daughter. That day I sat on the front porch reading the…

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Befriending The Enemy

by Becky It’s the oldest phrase in the unofficial book of life: People come and go. Everyone has had his or her fair share of temporary lovers and friends. These people enter and exit our lives because they were only meant to be in them for specific amounts of time. But what about the ones who…

Life is Short. What’s The Point?

by Andi What’s Important in Life? It’s all relative. Everyone has their own perspective. The only question here is, will the Future Old You agree with Present Day Young You? So many people spend an unbelievable amount of time waiting for something, all the time waiting, waiting, waiting. In the beginning of life, your mom…