Happy Daylight Savings Time. That’s right, it the time of the year that all parents hate!  Spring or Fall it doesn’t matter, because hour more/less of sleep means NOTHING to us parents! NOTHING! I worked hard to get a bedtime routine down with my kids. Truly, a routine helps […]

Sleep little darlings!

I met with my principal, Mr. Bradshaw and the special ed administrator to discuss further steps and how to implement more positive strategies and minimize using recess as a punishment. Teachers and staff were asked to self-report recess removal during a 2 week time frame. The data was not surprising […]

Recess Removal update

Okay – So, just in case you catch me in public with my 2 in tow and I’ve lost all patience, I’m not PERFECT at this NOT yelling thing.  I’m still a work in progress.  I am, however, MUCH better than I used to be. Let’s talk about the bad […]

How I Stopped Yelling at my Kids!

Seriously,  to all the moms (and dads and other caregivers) of 3 year olds – I hold up my coffee in salute to you. Your job is HARD! 3 year olds are HARD to live with.  (Yes, teens are too, but Let’s FOCUS here). Convo with a 3 year old […]

3 year olds are CRAZY!

   FACTS about Spanking. Is associated with increased aggression, depression, anxiety, and delinquent behaviors. (Apr 2016 study) It reduces gray matter in the brain.  Our pre-frontal cortex (where we make good “adult” choices) develops slower and is smaller if we were spanked a lot as a child. (Gray Matter 2009) The […]

Spanking and what else to do.

RECOMMENDATIONS From American Academy of Pediatrics There is a FULL 8 page document available here.(http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/183) In their role as child health experts, the pediatricians of the AAP stress the following perspective to parents, teachers, school administrators, and policy makers: Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a […]

Research on RECESS removal

RECESS!   Don’t we all have memories of Monkey Bars and Swings? Competing with friends, scraping knees and elbows, negotiating the rules of the made-up game?  Sadly our children may not. Many schools are eliminating or minimizing recess time despite RESEARCH that clearly shows it’s beneficial. Here’s the thing – […]

Please don’t take away my Recess!

As the school year begins and we watch our young ones sport their backpacks and shiny new shoes, we know things have changed.  But we also expect the littlest ones in our lives to be resilient to change and adapt easily when changes occur.  Sadly, this isn’t always the case. […]


My Meatball will be turning 8 this month.  He still needs a lot of physical affection (It’s his love language.) but he is asking for it in different ways than he used to.  As an infant he was the “clingy” one. The baby you couldn’t put down. He would sometimes […]

Hold them forever!

We have a HOMESTEAD.  A mini-farm.  Come visit.  We’re as good as any petting zoo. And WE have a trampoline! So kids helping with chores, in the house and outside, are important.  There’s just too much for my husband and I to do alone. Plus we want them to have […]

How to get your Kids to HELP!