When is it ok to lose control of your kids?

I've never been known as a particularly flexible parent. I wasn't that mom that let her kids wear pajamas for three days because they were obsessed with Spiderman. They didn'tt go on week long binges of only eating things that are orange. They were not allowed to take all the cans out of my pantry and build their own personal house of cans on my kitchen floor. I'm just not built for that sort of flexibility. I've gotten a lot of grief for that over the years from various 'fly by the seat of their pants' friends. They didn't understand that my … [Read more...]

Understanding Your Teen (AKA What the Heck are You Talking About?)

I am the proud parent of two teens and I can honestly say that I understand very little that comes out of their mouths lately.  The words I struggle to understand are not swear words.  They are pretty clean cut kids...profanity has never been much of a problem in our house.  But some days, it honestly seems like they are speaking a totally foreign language. I have become a big fan or Urban Dictionary lately to shed light on what he heck they are talking about.  If  understanding your teen has become difficult, I urge you to check it … [Read more...]

Set a Good Example and #DecideToDrive

Not too long ago I was driving with a friend of mine, taking the kids somewhere for the day.  As they chatted happily in the backseat my friend pulled out her phone and was checking to see what sort of messages she had missed.   It isn't the first time this has happened with assorted friends and family.  We lead busy lives and multitasking while driving may seem like a great idea.  Until you end up wrecking your car.  But...say you are one of the lucky ones who never EVER has a wreck while you are driving while on your phone.  Great!  But, what … [Read more...]

Classes for Kids That Would Actually be Useful!

I am blessed to live in a fairly decent school district.  While Georgia is not generally known for it's quality education, we managed to get into a decent school district and my kids were placed into the gifted program in first grade.  As a result, they have had an assortment of  high level math classes, great opportunities for scientific research, and some fairly outside the box thinking.  I'm lucky that their school offers classes for kids that really challenge them intellectually.  Now that they are teens I am totally incapable of helping … [Read more...]

Raising Boys vs Raising Girls: Who Drives Mom More Insane?

When I was pregnant with my first child I really wanted a boy.  I had grand dreams of my older son watching over his little sister like her own personal guardian angel. In turn, she would gaze at him adoringly and think of him as something of an idol and loving protector.  Well, I got the boy first, and 2 years later my daughter was born but all those dreams flew out the window when my son showed zero interest in her what so ever.  Over the last 14 years they have alternated between "Hey, come play with me" to "Get the hell out of my room" with … [Read more...]

The Perfect Mom: Is There Any Such Thing?

When I got pregnant with my first child, I had grand dreams about what my life as a mother was going to be like.  I was going to be the perfect mom!  I had great memories of my own mother, who I thought did a stellar job of raising my sister and I.  I had memories of her baking cookies for us and leading my Brownie Troop meetings.  As I grew older we went for walks together and discussed the books we were reading.  I thought she was the perfect mom and I had some big shoes to fill with my own children.  My Mom!  The Perfect Mom! What does it … [Read more...]

Parenting Teens: Sometimes it Pays to be Stealthy!

Thankyou to ManCave for sponsoring this post about parenting teens.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Before I had kids I knew that I wanted to have a boy first, then a girl.  I had it all planned out....the older boy child would protect and care for his little sister and they would love each other unconditionally.  Um....yeah, right!  God is up there laughing at me right now for my stupidity!  Sure, I got the boy first and then the girl.  And that is where my dreams come to a screeching halt.  As a small boy, he could have cared less … [Read more...]

Raising Teens: Making Girls Unstoppable

This post about Raising Teens has been sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions expressed here are my own.When my children were younger, I thought I had things rough.  Temper tantrums, skinned knees, and that pouty bottom lip that quivered every time I said NO.  Boy, I never realized how easy things were until my kids hit their teenage years.  Raising teens is by far the hardest thing I have ever done so far.  Now instead of skinned knees and nap time I have to worry about school bullies and internet porn.  Seriously....if I survive … [Read more...]

Napping Tips: How To Become a Napping House!

When my children were babies, I was absolutely rigid about our nap schedule.  No matter what we were doing at 2 PM in the afternoon, we went home to take a nap.  The toddler and baby and mommy ALL slept for an hour and we were all much happier for the rest of the day.  My friends didn't understand my slightly obsessive need to have my kids asleep in the afternoon but then again, they didn't have to live with the holy terrors who didn't nap, either.  On the weekends, my husband joined us in the napping session and for an hour, our house was … [Read more...]

Raising Confident Girls: Does Our Parenting Really Matter?

I look at my children some days and I am in awe of how different they are from one another.  In theory, both my 13 year old son and my 11 year old daughter were raised almost exactly the same, right?  Same house, same rules, same experiences (for the most part) so why did they turn out completely different from one another?  My son is an introverted child who lacks confidence even though he is very bright and quite a sweet kid.  My daughter has always been a leader....ready to charge on ahead even if she didn't quite know where she was going.  … [Read more...]