Growing Up

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

Originally published on The Moderate Mom. "Never discuss politics and religion" is reasonable advice for day to day harmony, because the topics bring out such strong feelings, but it has led to some unpleasant long-term side effects. People truly do not understand how people can have different belief than they do because people do not Read More

Make Movie Choices That Don’t Reinforce Racism and Misogyny

Make Movie Choices That Don't Reinforce Racism and Misogyny

Read this article for more complete details, but the simple reality is that when Hattie McDaniels won an Oscar in 1939 for her role in Gone With the Wind, racism was so deeply ingrained in American life, and in every aspect of Hollywood, that the first black winner of an Oscar wasn't even able to attend the premiere Read More

When was the last time you ate something new?

When was the last time you ate something new?

Kids aren't the most experimental eaters, generally speaking. Sure, if it's sugar-coated they'll go for it, but they tend to stick to their favorites and it's hard to get them to experiment. But when was the last time you tried something really different? I make a point of eating different foods just to push myself, and Read More

Their Life, Their Responsibility – Not Mine

Their Life, Their Responsibility - Not Mine

I love my boys. I do my best to care and provide for them, but I have my own stuff to deal with. There are some very hard limits to what I can and will do, and I make no apologies for that. When our boys arrive home from school every day, could I drop Read More

Baltimore Riots and the Mom of the Year

Baltimore Riots and the Mom of the Year

Originally published on The Moderate Mom. If you haven't seen the video, just search for "Mom of the Year"+"Baltimore Riots". It's a mom cussing out her fully-grown (but not adult) son and hitting him when she found him out with the rioters. He goes home with her and not a single rioter tries to interfere Read More

Meeting Online Friends IRL

Meeting Online Friends IRL

First, second, and third: Most strangers are harmless, not dangerous. A teeny, tiny portion of strangers are Bad People who will do Bad Things if they get the chance. Sadly, because those Bad Things are So Very Bad, it is important to learn about how to recognize potential Stranger Danger and to be very careful Read More

How to Use Time Wisely

How to Use Time Wisely

It's easy to get distracted. Sitting down to write a book, I go to my internet browser to research something, and twenty minutes later realize I have no idea what I wanted to find, but I have read all the updates on my Facebook page. Online shopping, news, entertainment stories, fun quizzes, the possibilities for Read More

Staying Safe Away From Home

Staying Safe Away from Home

Simply being aware of where you are and how to get to safety in an emergency is an incredibly important, but overlooked, life skill for adults and kids. The most basic advice is also the simplest: Put down the electronics and observe where you are wherever you are traveling. Again, to be clear, turn off the Read More

Learning to Set Goals

Learning to Set Goals

Sit down and either decide on a goal you have or work with your child to set a goal for them to achieve. Write it down. If you have several, put them in order and note if they are for personal, school, family/home, sports, faith, etc. Here are some examples: Personal: I will write a Read More

Explaining Grandparents to Kids

Explaining Grandparents to Kids

My kids are lucky. They have three grandparents who love them and are part of their lives. On one side, they have my mom, a woman who became a certified yoga instructor at 60, and my dad, who practically has to be tied down to stop him from working in the yard and around the house Read More

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