Kindergarten Ready?

This morning, my daughter had everything ready to go. She picked out the perfect dress (garnet and lace — just the right amount of style and comfort). She selected her comfort shoes (sparkly gold with a pink bow and light-up rhinestones). She packed her brand new Minnie Mouse backpack. She put the “ready confetti” fromContinue reading “Kindergarten Ready?”

Don’t Fake It, Just Make It

“What in the world is this?” my daughter asked holding up a picture she had found on my phone. “Is that Cinderella?” “That’s the inside of Cinderella,” I said. “She looks craaaaaazy!” The 5-year-old proclaimed. This particular Cinderella did look craaaaaazy on the inside, which is precisely why I had taken the picture of theContinue reading “Don’t Fake It, Just Make It”

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balloons

“Nooooooooo,” my 2-year-old son screamed into the sky! “MY BAWOOOON! Come back!” “Well, that balloon’s up in space now,” his big sister said matter of factly. I just stood there, increasingly frustrated, holding onto two small hands, a drink carrier of milkshakes, and a heavy diaper bag that was slowly slipping down my arm. “MYContinue reading “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balloons”

Vaccination Day!

“Can you count how many Dory pictures are on that wall?” The nurse asked my just-turned-5-year-old daughter as she tugged up her sleeve. “I see one … two…” she counted. “That’s it! You’re vaccinated!” the amazingly slick pediatric nurse announced. “But I only got to two Dories!” came the little voice, a bit disappointed toContinue reading “Vaccination Day!”

The Make It Up As You Go Parenting Method

While talking with some dear friends the other day, we discovered that as parents of small children we’d all been seeing similar ads on social media. Ads for “No Yelling Parenting” or “Let the Kids Win Parenting Method” or “Positive Parenting Solutions.” Clearly, Facebook advertisers can hear us yelling at our children. I’d love toContinue reading “The Make It Up As You Go Parenting Method”