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Book Review: 10 Secrets of Being a Lady” by Sheba Matheu

The Facts:  10 Secrets of Being a Lady, written by Sheba Matheu, Illustrated by Meredith Rushing, published April 2016 USA, 59 pages, $24.95 hard cover $16.95 paperback, 25% of book proceeds go towards supporting Girls Inc., ISBN-13: 978-0692686263.

The Review:  If you’re looking for primer to help your little girl understand some of the important characteristics that define femininity and being a lady, then look no further than this book.  Author Sheba Matheu has laid out a simple and…

How Informed Should You Keep Your Young Kids on Current Affairs? And Why?

 

The question of whether or not to inform your young children about current affairs is a very personal and sensitive question and one that I always ask myself when it comes to my own children.

Initially my reaction was that I want my “kids to be kids,” meaning I wanted them to live in innocence and remain blissfully ignorant to the realities of society. I didn’t want to burden them with knowledge they are not prepared nor mature enough to…

4 Tips for Successfully Traveling with Young Children

I just returned from an amazing trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley with two young children and it was a huge success.  Firstly, my definition of a “successful” family trip/vacation is one that is fun for both adults and children alike, is not overly stressful, and is easy in terms of logistics.  What made this trip so successful you ask?  It was the right combination of several  key factors that came together in just…

Tips and Tricks for Successful Holiday Road Trips

So the holidays are upon us, last minute shopping is taking place, plans are being finalized, ugly sweaters, Santa hats, and reindeer antlers are getting worn.  The holiday season is a lot of fun and it is also a costly endeavor, so looking for bargains, deals, and using general money savings strategies is always a priority.  Toward that end, many people will take to the roads this holiday season to avoid the hassle and cost of flying or other…

It Ends Now: 4 Ways to Curb Bad Behavior

Our daughter is now a preschooler and we are experiencing a “phase” where frequently she is willfully not listening and occasionally acting out.  For example, she plays soccer after school and wanted to where a “pinny” (practice shirt) while they scrimmaged.  Unfortunately, before she could get the pinny a 4th grade boy grabbed the last one.  Instead of just keeping it moving and playing without a pinny, she kicks the boy out of frustration.   When I found this out,…

Don’t Miss Out on Your Child’s Childhood!

So we live in the digital age and more relationships than ever are started in the virtual medium.  Nothing wrong there, that’s life today.  However, there is one area in life where a virtual relationship won’t work and where in fact living virtually is actually the biggest impediment to a real relationship – the one with your children.  Technology is a tool that you can use to engage and interact with your child, but it isn’t a substitute.  We…

When the Kids are Away, the Parents can Play!!!

It’s summertime, the weather is amazing, and there is so much to see and do.  The good news is, you’ve just dropped the kids off at summer camp, or with relatives and you are FREE.  Now what do you do?  If you’re like me your first reaction is to feel a combination of remorse, guilt, exhilaration, excitement, and temporary paralysis since you are overwhelmed with options.  Here are some great ideas of things you should do to make the…

Raising a resilient child: Parent-coaching, sports and life lessons

Now that my little ones are old enough to play organized sports, I find my role as a parent morphing into parent-coach in this context.  I don’t know about you but I have had coaches in my childhood that ran the gamut from the sweet, understanding, everyone just have fun coaches, to coaches who would make you cry and run extra “suicides” just for kicks, barking out orders and never praising you because you could always “do better”.  The…

Surviving the “Tired Years”: Five Ways to get through the early childhood years with your sanity and your marriage intact

Before our daughter was born, I thought parenthood would be a cinch.  First of all, we outnumbered our son 2:1, so what was he really going to get away with.  An additional plus, as the only grandchild, we were the happy beneficiaries of ridiculous amounts of love and support from our extended family.  Then we moved and our daughter was born.

Trust me when I tell you that having a second child changes everything.  We went from being reasonably rested, happy,…