The Secret to Raising Successful Kids

My three daughters are the center of my world. Like all moms I know, I want nothing but the best for them.  I want them to live a life that is rich in experiences, and filled with meaningful relationships.  I want them to be bold, confident, and to dare to dream. More than anything, I want my girls to believe without the shadow of a doubt that they can be whomever and whatever they choose to … [Read more...]

Make it a Sweet Summer with Meijer Ice Cream Summer Sweepstakes

When I told my daughters I was writing a post about ice cream they were overjoyed! Ice cream is practically synonymous with summer in our home. With temperatures rarely falling beneath 100 all summer long it's a fun treat to enjoy as a mid afternoon snack or a late night indulgence. Though we love to play around with making healthy frozen treats of our own we also keep our freezer well stocked … [Read more...]

Is Technology Robbing Our Kids of Their Smarts?

The girls have officially been back in school for a week today, though with Labor Day weekend we've been easing back nice and slow and things have been quite manageable so far. With three girls, two of them in High School, we had a full day of meetings last week with teachers and administration to get all the details on what to expect with this current school year.  It should come as no … [Read more...]

Could Our Children Be Suffering From Social Jetlag?

When we turned back the clock a few weeks ago, the girls had all sorts of questions: "Who decides when we turn back the clocks?  Why doesn't everyone change time at the same time?  What time is it really?  If we can change time any time what does time mean anyways?  How do we know when we are on the right time? " And on and on the questions went.  All good questions, but I was left wondering … [Read more...]

Beads of Obedience

by Anne Newsome  My kids will do anything for a bead. Well, almost anything anyway! But this tiny little object has been my greatest parenting idea since I first became a mom in 2008. I was trying to teach my two preschool-aged (at the time) children about immediate obedience or following instructions right away. I thought we needed some type of a reward system that was fun and visual … [Read more...]

Book Review – The Teachable Minute, by Dr. Connie Hebert

One of the things I absolutely cherish about my children is their curiosity. As exhausting as it may be at times, the incessant questioning is something I truly relish. It gives me a privileged look into their minds.  The opportunity to see the world through their eyes and discover it with them all over again. I love to see those little wheels turn, and the joy that spreads across their … [Read more...]

Lots of Lunchbox Ideas

The New School Year is upon us and as with any New Year it is a time of new beginnings.  A time to clean the slate and start a new.  To make up where we might have fallen short and build on past successes. It is also a time of mixed emotions -- excitement with a dose of anxiety, anticipation and a dash of dread. And for parents who send their children to school with a home made lunch, … [Read more...]