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Kids can be your sanity saver this holiday season

The Holiday Sanity Saver: 3 Great Ideas to Implement When Your Kids Are Pulling on your Apron Strings

Here it is, holiday season. To many, the thoughts of the happy family gathering ’round the perfectly set dinner table, perfectly coiffed kids, and relatives patiently awaiting the well-timed (and perfectly browned) turkey is a far-fetched vision of a hoped-for realty. For the rest of us–well, likely all of us, and definitely those of us […]

all you can eat buffet

3 Reasons to Keep Your Kids Away from the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

I still cringe when I think back to our family vacation, 2013, and the shocked look on my then 7 year olds face as we watched another child attack the all-you-can-eat buffet with reckless abandon. I’m not sure if it was the sheer quantity of quickly consumed nuggets, the slow drip of the cheesy goo oozing […]

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3 Fresh Ideas for Dealing with the Terrible Two’s

The Terrible Two’s. Many parents long for the sleepless nights of the baby months rather than the unpredictable and unplanned tantrums that go hand-in-hand with the Terrible Two’s. The Terrible Two’s often misunderstood. While many children approach this developmental phase around 24 months, the Terrible Two’s can actually begin earlier and last into the 3rd […]

Successful co-parenting

Last week’s water cooler chat focused on successful co-parenting. A few colleagues said successful co-parenting with their ex began when the hurts healed from the divorce. Another said they can’t ever see being able to have a successful co-parenting plan in place because he and his ex are too far apart in how they run […]

Single parent stressors

Visitation: One of the Biggest Single Parent Stressors

The water cooler conversations took a new theme this week and we ended up chatting about single parent stressors. As single parents, there were many situational considerations; as parents, we shared a lot of common concerns. We whittled our gripes and groans to what we call the 7 Single Parent Stressors, with much inspirational humor […]

In Praise of the No-homework Idea

This week’s lively banter around the fire pit was about the recent no-homework policy from Brandy Young, a second grade teacher at Godley Elementary School in Godley, Texas. You don’t really know your friends until you debate the amount –and rationale, of homework at various ages. And so began a no-homework conversation among six adults […]

11 Ways You Can Benefit from Back-to-School Expenses

For many parents, the next few weeks of back-to-school preparation can feel like a never-ending drain on the bank account. The cost to go back-to-school continues to increase. The National Retail Federation reports that this year parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade plan to spend $630.36, on average. Over the last decade, that […]