How To Be An Awesome Elementary School Mom

How To Be An Awesome Elementary School Mom
It's back to school time and I'm already anticipating the chaos of that first week. New schedule, new forms, new teachers. I've been through it before, a few times actually, so I know things will work out in the end, but I still get anxious about all the changes that inevitably result from school starting back each year. I remember the difficult adjustment the first year well, and hope to help others cope more easily by sharing some of my observations and ...

Kids Who Misbehave in Restaurants: Who’s Fault Is It?

Kids Who Misbehave in Restaurants: Who’s Fault Is It?
I try not to judge other parents as I don't like to be judged myself. However, on the rare occasion I hire a babysitter to go out to eat without my kids, I don't want to be surrounded by the same type of chaos I thought I left at home. I really look forward to adult conversation and a quiet meal on those evenings. It is extremely irritating to sit near a family with unruly kids when I've gone to great lengths to take a break from my own. And even mor...

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...

Whatever Happened to “Go Outside and Play” ?

Whatever Happened to “Go Outside and Play” ?
Memories of when I would "go outside and play" As a kid I was allowed to roam the neighborhood on my own by either foot or bicycle at a relatively early age. We did not have the safety net of gps tracking devices or cell phones. We had a limited area we were allowed to cover and we respected the rules.  And we didn't wear helmets, though I admit requiring gear to protect your head makes good sense for both kids and adults. Most of the time, we played...

How To Help Your Introverted Child Make Friends

How To Help Your Introverted Child Make Friends
My son is very quiet and reserved. He hangs back to observe the other kids before joining in - and even then often chooses not to participate. He is easily embarrassed and tends to overthink things. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you, like me, might have an introverted child who finds making friends difficult. I don't worry about my son as he is a great kid, very introspective and creative, and I'm confident he will find his way. And kids don't...

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

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 ...

The Latest Baby Trend – Plants in the Nursery?

The Latest Baby Trend – Plants in the Nursery?
  I don't know about you, but I feel like having a baby is a lot of work and I'm not sure I want to add plants to the mix that also need care. I seem to be in the minority, though. The latest trend for nurseries in 2019 revolves around turning the baby's room into a tranquil haven touched by nature. Of course, the plants need to be baby and mom friendly, which means both non-toxic and can survive poor maintenance if necessary. Choosing plants with ...

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

My 5 Favorite Mom Fashion Blogs

My 5 Favorite Mom Fashion Blogs
Motherhood is busy and chaotic, but it's nice to feel good about yourself at the same time! I look to blogs from other moms for realistic fashion tips!    I Am Style-ish | Style Tips For The Busy Mom Seattle based fashion and beauty blogger, Tiffany, writes about her everyday stile as a busy mom and small business owner. AMOTHERSEDIT  Ashley is a mother of two who provides inspiration and support for other moms about fashion. Mom Style Lab Ange