Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Home

effective parenting

What's going on at your house right now? At ours there is way too much irritation, nagging and reminding coming from me. YUCK! The worst part is I know better! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it’s time for a reboot. Once I’m on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I have some incredible (and fairly simple) solutions to turn get moving in the right direction quickly … and I'd like to share them with you. Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Home Take care of you. You've heard that before right? You can't be a positive Continue Reading

Flipping the Switch: How to Turn a Bad Day Around

the best way to turn around a terrible day

It was one of those days. The kids were doing everything possible to make me crazy. They were breaking just about every rule. Pushing every single limit. Bickering with each other non stop. If something didn't change I was going to loose it. I'd been in this negative cycle before and I knew just what needed to happen. I knew how to turn this bad day around. I knew who needed a good attitude adjustment.... ME! At that moment I didn't really feel like admitting it... but the problem with this day wasn't the little people I was so happy to blame. The problem was me. I was nagging and criticizing and nit picking every little thing (if I were a Continue Reading

Conflict Resolution Techniques (Modified for at School Support)


You're never really ready when the call comes. After dropping your little ones off at school you go about your day, expecting they are going about theirs too. You picture them eagerly learning, chatting with friends, sneaking a lunch trade and maybe getting a little too wild once in a while. But then sometimes the "once in a while" turns into "too often". That's when your phone rings (Or at least that's when my phone rings. I assume I'm not alone here.) The teacher on the other end of the phone adores your kid (even if you forget that during this particular phone call) but there is some kind of problem that keeps happening. She needs your Continue Reading

Parenting & Facebook (and the big mistake I made)

parenting and facebook

Her toothless grin suddenly turned to a look of worry. "Mom, don't tell anyone okay?" There we were again, just like that a light was shining on one of my giant parenting fumbles. I looked at the tooth in her hand and promised not to make the same mistake again. I would not steal this moment from her by making this important announcement for her. I would not share the news on Facebook... not this time. You see, she was almost 8 when she lost her first tooth, so of course it was a really big deal for all of us. As she examined the new space in her mouth and bounced around excitedly, I was busy posting an adorable picture for all the Continue Reading

Be a Learning Hero: Understanding Common Core for Parents

Understanding Common core - help for parents! YAY... just what I needed

There have been some big changes in the schools lately. Change can be scary, no matter how it's packaged. When it threatens how we feel about supporting our kids and their education, it's not just scary... it's terrifying. Helping our kids succeed at school is something we all want to do. It's a big part of our very important job as parents. The fears and concerns about Common Core have not gone unnoticed. And today I get to tell you about a new resource that's been created just for us! Just for those parents who want so desperately to be in their little learner's corner. Who want to raise lifelong learners and thinkers. I've Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 3

what to look for when choosing a preschool

Now you have the phone numbers, you've asked the over the phone questions, and even set up the appointment. . .what else do you need to know? The first couple of steps into the door can tell you a lot about a preschool. Here is a list of the things that I think are really important, the things that pull me in or have me running the other way. How to Choose a Preschool: What to Look For at the Visit Noise. A room full of 3-5 year olds should not be quiet!  If you listen for a minute, you should be able to hear happy chatter. Children talking with one another as they paint, build and read. Teacher/Child interactions. While you are Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 2

what to ask when searching preschools over the phone

For part one of the How to Choose Preschool Series we covered collecting preschool phone numbers. Now that you have a list of numbers you may be wondering how to narrow that list down. Obviously you are not going to waste your time visiting 20 preschools. You can find out a lot about a preschool over the phone, and chances are you can eliminate half the list with a few good questions. Here is the list I used. How to Choose a Preschool: Calling Around (what to ask) As I told you before, I kept the list of preschool numbers in the same place. As I wrote them out, I recorded their name and number, leaving a space for my notes. Make sure you Continue Reading