Name

Your Kid’s Name Is WHAT?

by Andi When someone spells their child’s name in a way that guarantees NOBODY WILL EVER BE ABLE TO PRONOUNCE IT RIGHT, LIKE EVER. What Just Happened? Here’s the thing. There is already a list of names, known and usually pronounced correctly, that fit into the category of being spelled strangely for the pronunciation. Examples:…

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…

playdate

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…

#2 Parenting Does Not Come Naturally

by Andi Nor will it ever. What does that mean? It simply means that when you experience motherhood for the first time, there are some things that will likely not be really clear. Things that are obvious include the necessity of diapering, feeding, and clothing. Maybe you’re prepared to wake every few hours at night…

Quality vs Quantity

by Becky There’s something about approaching your 30-year high school reunion that makes you think about the past. Maybe it’s the realization that a decade of my life is soon being left or the idea that I am approaching the age where I am supposed to have it all figured out. Maybe it’s because when…

bully

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…

emotional child

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…

disability

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…

your thing

What’s Your “Thing?”

by Kara How Do You Stay Connected With Your Child? I started reading the Harry Potter series in the fall of this year. Yes, I know I’m 42. I wanted to find an activity to do with my 10-year-old that would give us something to talk about. I asked her if I could read the…

farted

Who Farted?

by Kara Second Grade Boys. Who farted? Snips and snails and puppy dogs tails, that’s what little boys are made of. Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. My second grader’s new word, sound, bodily function, and favorite punch line to any joke is the word FART. I…

Potty Training: Easy

Potty Training Done Right: Easy

by Andi Like so many other things in life, you can google potty training and find pages and pages of advice. But unlike everything else in life: potty training is actually really simple. The internet has made it seem far more complicated and difficult than has to be. More than anything else, potty training complications…