Gathering Inspiration For Act 2 (Be Nice to Mommy: It’s Elementary)

Gathering Inspiration For Act 2 (Be Nice to Mommy: It’s Elementary)
Kids grow up and inspire new music What have I been doing the last three years? Gathering inspiration for new material. When I produced Be Nice to Mommy Volume 1, I had twins in preschool and a first grader. Now my twin daughters are in third grade and my other daughter is in middle school.  We are no longer potty training or remembering to wash hands now. We moved on to homework, after school activities, monitoring screen time and mending broken limbs. T

6 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Your Kids and Why

6 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Your Kids and Why
Creativity takes time. Children live very busy, scheduled lives these days, and moms, whether they work inside the home or out, also lead hectic lives. Free time to hard to come by for most of us. Creativity requires a block of time; it's not something that can be squeezed in between soccer practice and dinner. It's no surprise American kids are no longer as creative as they once were. Besides being busy, we live in a world obsessed with ...

IT’S GETTING EASIER TO LET GO OF STUFF

IT’S GETTING EASIER TO LET GO OF STUFF
After years of accumulating stuff, I’m suddenly obsessed with managing and getting rid of it. And it’s getting easier to let go. One morning last week two glasses shattered when they fell to the floor when I opened the kitchen cabinet. It was not a nice way to start the day, especially before I had my coffee. With two glasses missing, the shelves were still crammed full. How did this happen?  I sometimes run out of glasses when I entertain; how could ther

Do you experience cousin rivalry at your Thanksgiving?

Do you experience cousin rivalry at your Thanksgiving?
Jealousy and competition are common triggers. I want my son to know and love his cousins. Growing up, I saw my cousins often, and considered them “special friends”. They lived close enough to visit frequently. Unfortunately, my extended family lives in various locations throughout the U.S. and we see them only at family events and holidays. Thanksgiving is my holiday to host, and each year I go to great lengths to give the cousins ample opportunity to con

Eat, Sleep, Learn

Eat, Sleep, Learn
I can't believe it's already time to go back to school! Time to make some changes  to help the new school year start out right. In our house, we find transitioning from lazy summer days to strict school schedules to be tough, even for the kids who can't wait to go back. I always find easing into new routines and promoting healthy habits at home helps make the transition easier. Below are my suggestions to help your kids be the best they can be. EAT Be

5 signs you are an awesome parent

5 signs you are an awesome parent
  Parents often worry they are not doing a good job.  We hold ourselves to impossibly high standards as we guide our children to adulthood and compare ourselves to other parents. We look for measurable signs to validate how we are doing raising our children. The old saying, "you won't know if you did a good job with your child until they are 35" has some truth to it.We all want our children to become well-functioning successful adults and someti