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

RAGE YOGA: Trendy New Yoga Practice for Stressed Out Moms

RAGE YOGA: Trendy New Yoga Practice for Stressed Out Moms
It's easy to understand why parents are stressed in today's fast paced world. Many of us are frazzled trying to juggle schedules, meals, homework and more, intent on providing our children with opportunities to succeed. At the same time, we work to achieve in our jobs and relationships as well. Some of us turn to yoga to destress which works well for many people. I've tried it, but for me, it's too slow. I make the effort to squeeze a class into my schedul...

Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?

Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?
My parents put both me and my sister in piano lessons as a kid. My sister was a natural; she played beautifully and it came easily to her. I, on the other hand, was definitely not a natural. My parents insisted I practice every day for 30 minutes, which I hated and did not seem to help me improve.  Day after day, they patiently listened to my terrible playing without complaint. For five years they encouraged me to continue saying I would thank them someday...

Dreading Summer Vacation or Jumping For Joy?

Dreading Summer Vacation or Jumping For Joy?
I am one of those moms who in early May starts excitedly counting down the days until school breaks for the summer. Ahhh...summer vacation...I envision a more relaxed schedule, longer days, and later bedtimes. Who else looks forward to freedom from the chaos of homework, school projects and after school activities? Then...before I know it, school’s out and summer arrives. Each year I truly believe the summer will be leisurely  and full of light and lov

Creative Non-Candy Easter Baskets Your Kids Will Love

Creative Non-Candy Easter Baskets Your Kids Will Love
Don't want your child to overload on candy this year on Easter? I understand. A few sweets in the Easter basket are fine, but there are other items you can add that your child will enjoy too! Here are some ideas sent in by creative moms: Sweet tasting chapstick Goldfish crackers Granola bars Sunglasses Sidewalk Chalk Outdoor toys Play-doh Craft supplies Crayons Coloring books Paintbrushes/outdoor paint with rocks to pain

Mothers are Working Overtime

Mothers are Working Overtime
As a working mom, I put in 14 hour days on average. The least stressful part of my day is actually the time spent at the office. As is the case with most working moms, my day starts at about 6:30 a.m. and lasts until the last kids goes to bed at 8:30 pm. No wonder I'm exhausted. According to a study commissioned by Welch's Grape Juice, working moms put in almost 100 hours of work each week between paid work hours and domestic (in other words, unpaid) la

For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year

For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year
My husband and I think of ourselves as having a modern marriage. We both have busy jobs, contribute as much as we can to take care of the kids, and with what time and energy we have left, we try to find time to nurture our marriage. We believe we divide up the work in our household evenly. That being said, why is it that I seem to be solely responsible for Christmas? The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but, in my opinio...

Do You Allow Your Kids to Fail?

Do You Allow Your Kids to Fail?
  I try very hard to let my kids fail so they will learn to cope with life’s difficulties with grace. I hope you try to do so too. When I say “try”, it’s because I am well aware how difficult it is to stand back while your child struggles. Hard as it is, it’s important; in real life there are winners and losers. Not everyone gets a trophy. We all want our kids to be resilient. We also want them to have happy wonderful perfect lives. These two de...

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