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...

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...

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...

Relax, You’re a Good Mom

Relax, You’re a Good Mom
  Are you exhausted from trying to be the best mom ever? Do you worry other people are judging you?   I was the mom with the uncooperative child who threw loud noisy tantrums throughout his second year of life. Not short-lived flare-ups; rather Mason’s outbursts were full-blown very loud and hours-long tantrums. I received lots of “well-meaning” advice from family, friends and even strangers who all thought they knew what was best for my chil

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

Mommy Speed Dating – Yes, it’s a thing!

Mommy Speed Dating – Yes, it’s a thing!
I love the idea of Mommy speed dating! I remember very well the extreme loneliness I felt after having my first child.I had plenty of friends, but not with kids. I wanted and needed a friend or two who were in my same situation, people with whom I could hang out and celebrate the joys and difficulties of motherhood. I had few opportunities to meet other moms with my busy work and home schedule, and when I did it was awkward. Joining a playgroup or a Mom