Just a mom, writing her way through life
If your child sees you stealing (1)

It never fails, every time I watch the news I walk away shaking my head thinking where were their parents? And not just when the stories relate to children behaving badly, but also teenagers, young adults, and even regular old adults. As parents some of us seem to have lost track of the concept that our children will grow up to be who we show them that we are.  The biggest, most important part of parenting is setting an example! It’s a simple cause and effect situation.  The behavior that you display to the world will be imitated in the

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How I Earned My Wrinkles

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Anne Bardsley’s book, “How I Earned My Wrinkles”!  Anne is the type of writer who makes comedy writing look effortless and I assure you that it is anything but that!  If you enjoy this post (and you will!) head over and check out her blog and her book!   My husband is a connoisseur of women’s feet. He notices women’s shoes. We live in Florida where flip flops are considered formal wear, so there is a never ending supply of amusement for him here. Like most men, he likes

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endless summer days

They didn’t know that I was watching, as I peeked through a loose panel in the fence, they had no idea that anyone was watching them. I squinted slightly against the sun, and angled my head so I had the optimum view between the pickets of the fence. My son lay face down in the center of the neighbor’s trampoline, giggling uncontrollably, as two neighbor girls jumped all around him bouncing him up and down. He had absolutely no control over where he landed, or how high he bounced. The girls threw their head back, their hair bouncing slightly behind

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As the parent of an ADD son one of the hardest things for us to manage is simply having him remember things that he is supposed to do. Simple, daily tasks like remembering to bring things home from school, remembering to take his medication at the right time, and remembering to stay on task when he’s doing something. When I was approached recently by Renee from JustHomeMedical.com I was surprised and thrilled to learn that a product like the Rodger 8-Alarm Vibrating Watch even existed!  I had never heard of a watch like this for kids with ADD/ADHD and I knew

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Our Brain's may not all work the sameBut

There’s a lot of buzz, and pressure around the decision to have your child diagnosed with any sort of condition.  People don’t want you to label kids, they don’t think it’s always necessary.  Is it ADHD? Maybe!  Is it Autism? Maybe!  Is it something else? Maybe!  Is it just being a kid?  Maybe!  Does it matter?  Maybe! Choosing to pursue a diagnosis, and then seeking to understand that diagnosis has made me a better parent. Bold statement?  Not really. In order to decide the best course of treatment for my child, and for my family I had to understand all the

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Porn is a more common search term than Club Penguin!

Today’s post is written by a fabulous colleague that I have “met” through blogging and our shared passion for keeping our children safe online.  As most of you may know, my day job is working as an online community and social media manager which means I’m the person on the other side of those Terms of Service that our kids sometimes bump up against unknowingly (adults too!).  Diana Graber is a blogger for Huffington Post as well as the co-founder for CyberWise, believe me when I say we should all listen to what she has to say on the subject!

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When your child is first born, and the doctor places that wiggling, amazing little bundle in your arms for the first time there are truly no words for how amazingly perfect they seem to you.  You’re exhausted, and hormonal and probably more than a little bit crazy, but the mere fact that this person you just created has ten fingers, and ten toes seems like the biggest miracle you’ve ever imagined.  Two perfect little eyes staring back at you from a face that looks a little bit like an alien, but also a little bit like your family and your

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That's the Poor Kids' Line

Mothers and children stand in a line, waiting their turn at the window to turn in their papers.  The paperwork isn’t for anything fun, it’s not for anything they want to be a part of but it’s something they have found they need to be a part of. Mothers occupy themselves on their phones, feeling slightly embarrassed to be in this line while using their smart phone, but the truth is the phone is not the latest model, and they got it for free with their latest upgrade.  As a mother of three children, having a phone so they can

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When someone tells me that they think I

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the “I feel beautiful” challenge that is going around on Facebook.  If you haven’t seen this particular Facebook meme it works like this, a friend uploads 5 pictures of herself that make her feel beautiful, and she tags 5 friends to do the same thing. The only problem is, I don’t feel beautiful. I have never felt beautiful. I don’t have a single photograph of myself from my entire lifetime where I look at it and think that I looked beautiful in the picture, or that I felt beautiful on

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And now, she stands center stage, alone in the spotlight waiting for the music to begin.   I see her slightly exhale, and know she is picturing her dance in her mind, picturing doing her very best.  Leaping higher than ever before, turning with discipline and perfection! The emcee announces her by name, my baby.  My girl.  The name I chose for her when she was still inside me. She was annoyed with me when she went on stage, because I was fussing with her hair, applying another coat of lipstick, making sure her costume is perfect.  It is.  She is. 

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I see ADHD

Like most parents do when their child was diagnosed with any sort of condition I began to research and read everything I could get my hands on about ADHD.  Even though I had always strongly suspected that my husband was ADHD, I was still a little surprised with how many traits I began to notice that he had in common with both our son and the average ADHD child. Even more surprising than that is the number of traits I have begun to see in myself and many other people around me! What I’ve always considered an ability to multi

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Summer is running full steam ahead–and I mean that STEAM part literally!  We’re enjoying a short break from the normal July heat here in the midwest but if sweat = weight loss I’d be a supermodel!  Before we know it the kids will be back to school, I had to register my youngest earlier this week already!  While we can let’s enjoy the summer!  Share your favorite summer post-recipes, activities, memories anything goes! And be sure to visit my amazing co-hosts!

watching television with my husband

If it weren’t for my husband’s need to hold a clicker and constantly bounce around channels we would have long ago cut the cable cord and watched television programming strictly through a service like Netflix or Hulu.  As it is, the mere mention of not having hundreds of channels at his disposal to watch on demand, bouncing between a half dozen different programs at once makes him break out in a cold sweat of fear. This past Friday night we settled in for that classic old boring couple’s night of television watching and relaxation.  We have not had an evening

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Tips for Photographinga Child withAutism

There is a ton of pressure involved in getting the perfect family picture taken.  Whether you’re planning to use it for your holiday card, or frame it for your family room wall as parents we want to get it right.  We want to create that perfect Norman Rockwell inspired moment that we can look at and smile, that we can show our friends and family for years to come. Please understand I am not judging anyone with that statement.   I am right there with you.  I don’t want my family picture to look like it came from a National

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I'm done biting my tongue

I’m done biting my tongue. I’m done letting people around me hurt me or those I love without having my say about it.  I’m done watching people who are supposed to have my best interests at heart, or who are supposed to love and support my family do subtle things to sabotage us. For most of my adult life I have bitten my tongue and silently fumed without saying a word.  I have taken the high road, I have turned the other cheek.  I have hoped and I have prayed that people would change and figure out that their actions

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stress and creativity

It’s only in the more recent years that I have fully accepted that I am a creative person.  A big part of me wanted to be able to be creative but also be able to think, act, and react like “normal” people (whatever THAT means).  But the simple truth is, I will always think, act, and react like a creative person.  My creativity influences almost everything I do in life. Likewise, my life influences my creativity. That is never more evident than when I am under stress!  There are two different ways stress can influence my ability (read: need) to

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Sick Husbands and Sick Kids Have a Lot in Common

Last week, late on Thursday evening, my husband started complaining that his stomach hurt.  I should have seen red flags when he asked for Pepto to take, and willingly took it.  Usually I would have to hog tie him to get him to take medicine and usually it’s just not worth the fight.  I figure if he’s sick enough, he’ll take it.  I blame myself for not seeing the symptoms since I had battled a migraine all day long and was exhausted…all I wanted was to go to sleep.  So, I gave him the Pepto and went to bed. As

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Ladies Only Blog Share is ramping up for the weekend, and our theme for this weekend is Things are Heating Up!  I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but the word “heat index” is already being batted around by my weather man so things are definitely “heating up”!  The official first day of summer is almost here, but the summer heat has been with us for a few weeks already!  After the winter of the “polar vortex” we welcome it with open arms!

Summertime Changes All The Rules

Summertime tends to stand the rules on their head, flip flop everything that applies during the school year and turn it inside out.  Some for the good, some for the not-so-much!   Morning wake Up Time During the school year I’m the first one up!  Rattling dishes and opening bedroom doors.  Trying to cheerfully say “good morning” to encourage the children to hop out of bed without growling at me! During the summer, those very same children that I’m prying away from their pillow in the morning are waking me up–a good ten minutes before I get up during the

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An Open Letter to Teenagers

Lately it seems that my social media streams are filled with teenage girls and boys declaring their undying, never ending, happily ever after love for one another.  The current generation of teenagers is the first one to go through this phase of their life with social media at their fingertips.  Selfies weren’t a thing for our generation.  We didn’t hashtag our boyfriend to tell him we loved him with our entire heart.  We doodled their name in our notebook, held their hand in the hall at school and maybe, if we were lucky, got to go to a movie on

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I Am Too Old For That!

When I was a kid, maybe a teenager, I remember hearing my mother say she was too old for a certain type of clothing.  If my memory serves correctly it was a sleeveless top I suggested that she wear in the heat of the summer and she said she was too old for sleeveless tops.  I remember thinking, in my infinite wisdom of youth, complete lack of understanding, that if I was hot I was damn well going to wear a sleeveless top so I could cool off and not sweat myself to death! As life has a way of

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I am so desperately late to this week’s LOBS party I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you all forgot I was coming!  Gosh the summertime can get crazy busy, can’t it?  We are in full on dance recital chaos at my house! This week our theme at LOBS is Celebrating Dads!  This motherhood gig is a tough one and I for one could not think about doing it without my husband who is an amazing dad to our two children!  There are definitely jobs that he does better than I do!  He’s always fixing a bicycle, or airing up

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Life is likea high schoolcafeteria

Do you remember your very first day of high school? Do you remember making arrangements with friends, and frantically finding someone you knew who had the same lunch hour as you? Do you remember walking into the cafeteria, hearing the wave of noise from the kids who were already seated with friends talking about their day? Do you remember spotting them? The cool kids. Somehow the cool kids always found each other, and always had the same lunch hour. I don’t even mean just the ultra cool, untouchable, unattainable level of cool that the most popular kids in school seemed

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Women Entrepreneur Revolution

I love anything that has a mission to empower women and encourage our natural “can do” attitude, so when I was asked to read and review this book I immediately said “hell yes!”.  This isn’t just an inspirational, or motivational book though, this is a book that goes well beyond telling you to get up and follow your dreams.  This book actually talks to 100 women who have followed their dreams of entrepreneurship and shares their wisdom gained from experience.  If you have dreams and aspirations of being an entrepreneur this book is a must-read. I am thrilled to have

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wedding picture

Today my husband and I celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Looking back over the last twenty years I have a mixture of emotions.  On one hand it feels like I literally blinked and twenty years flew by.  It feels like we are still young newlyweds waiting for or real life to start.  On the other hand I look around our home and see that is obviously not the case!  We are definitely twenty years older, and sometimes we may feel twenty years wiser!  Our marriage has produced two amazing children and if we both leave this earth tomorrow and they

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