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Late Summer Gardening with Kids

Late Summer Gardening with Kids

As summer is drawing to a close, parents start to want to toss their kids out. Not to anywhere in particular, just away. Anything to stop the bickering, the fussing, and the “I’m bored” comments. It isn’t just you. At the same time, our bank accounts start screaming from the pain of vacations, camps, back Read More

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

We have a pile of unwatched movies and I bet you do too. They might be physical DVDs or Blurays, or they might be a virtual stack on NetFlix or Amazon Prime, but they sit there, taunting you, year after year. I got sick of it and instituted a family movie night. We take turns Read More

Why Scouting is Great for Your Kid

Why Scouting is Great For Your Kids

I am a Scout. I was just at Scout camp last week. I have been one since first grade, and I will be until I die. Literally. When I turned 21, I paid for my lifetime membership in Girl Scouts. Naturally, we only have sons. So, my personal experience as a youth is in Girl Read More

Gift Guide: Adult Coloring Books and Colored Pencils

Gift Buying: Adult Coloring Books and Colored Pencils

From baby’s first scribbles to DaVinci’s sculptures, there is a huge continuum in what is art. Most of us don’t progress very far on that continuum, but the new generation of adult coloring books and colored pencils let us feel like we have. The thing I love about it is that no matter what your Read More

Raising Healthier Kids

Raising Healthier Kids

Guest post by Vasilis Stefanou of TheLifeUpgrades.com. Even though I’m not a father, I dislike the idea that most of the kids in our days are raised in unhealthy ways and by the time they reach their teenage years have multiple health problems because of the living they are used to have. Why is that the case Read More

What Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

Everyone tries to figure out what Mom really wants for Mother’s Day. New shoes? (Which shoes?) A spa day? (Which spa, and which treatments?) Books? (Which ones?) Breakfast in bed? (Made by the kids? What can they make that she will eat?) It’s really quite simple. It’s an inverse relationship to how much they see their kids Read More

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 New Friends

Make New Friends

The song Make New Friends was woven into the fabric of my youth by its ubiquity in Girl Scouts. I have always loved the sentiment, which I have always taken to mean older friends are more valuable. As adults, this is so much more important. It’s easy to focus all your time and energy on your Read More

Do Your Parents Need Help?

Do Your Parents Need Help?

It’s a tough subject and one we all struggle with, but unless your parents die young, at some point they will need your help with day-to-day tasks. You probably won’t want to admit it when it first happens, and they almost certainly won’t, but waiting just makes it worse. Age is clearly a factor, but Read More

Trains, Trains, and More Trains

Trains, Trains, & More Trains

When we took our son on his first steam train ride when he was a few months old, we had no idea what we were starting. Naturally, Thomas the Tank Engine was the true gateway to his addiction. For those who don’t know yet, there are many trains on the Island of Sodor and still more that Read More