Boys Will Be Boys
    May 30, 2014
    Boys Will Be Boys

    Having two boys means that everyone around us has boys. They are great kids, and for the most part, their parents have similar parenting styles and values. But so many times when we were out we’d se…

    Real Life Puberty For Boys
    May 28, 2014
    Real Life Puberty For Boys

    What happens when a boy goes through puberty? I’m not a doctor or a scientist, so I will not be discussing the endocrine system here. I’m a Mom, so I’ll be discussing real life. I have 2 sons, o…

    Boys Really Do Not Cry
    May 26, 2014
    Boys Really Don’t Cry

    My 14-year-old son hasn’t cried since the summer before he started Middle School, when he was still just 10. Not that there haven’t been times I was sure he wanted to cry, like when he got hit in …

    Close-up of a boy looking out a window on a rainy day
    September 23, 2013
    Boys Cry, Too

    The urge to protect a child, to hold them close and fend off any and all potential threats, is one of the most primal urges in parenting. It’s part of what makes us parents. We brought them into thi…

    Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!
    December 28, 2012
    Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!

    It seems that laughing can be contagious.  Have you ever found yourself laughing after you see someone else laughing?  You don’t know why you are laughing but just seeing someone laugh can cause y…

    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination
    December 27, 2012
    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    Walt Disney called it “Imagineering” and made imagining fun for all ages! Young children make sense of the world through play and by using their imaginations.  They learn social and emotional ski…

    How Do You Limit Your Child's Screen Time? There's an App for That!
    November 30, 2012
    How Do You Limit Your Child’s Screen Time? There’s an App for That!

    In the coming years, technology will continue to play a large role in our children's lives.  I'm sure you have seen YouTube videos of babies and toddlers swiping through their parents’ iPads, knowi…

    A Few of My Favorite Apps
    November 29, 2012
    A Few of My Favorite Apps

    I will admit to being addicted to certain endless runner type games on my iPhone.  All in the name of research as The iPhone Mom! But when it comes to my children, I try to limit their time with this…

    Children's Interactive Books
    November 28, 2012
    Children’s Interactive Books

    I love to read.  I have about 10 books on my nightstand waiting for attention and I am in the middle of about three different books.  Before I had four children I read every chance I could get and w…

    Tool #3 for Resilience
    August 9, 2012
    Tool #3 for Resilience

    As we all know, life can be very generous in delivering challenges. A key component to true and lasting happiness is learning the skill of resilience, the ability to bounce back from challenging times…

    Tool #2 for Confidence
    August 8, 2012
    Tool #2 for Confidence

    In today’s world of point cards, smiley-face stickers, and candy rewards, children are learning to feel confident only when someone else rewards them for their accomplishments. If a child feels conf…

    Tool #1 for Focus
    August 7, 2012
    Tool #1 for Focus

    Being present, focused and aware is the starting point to happiness and greatness. However, we often spend too much time thinking about either the past or the future. When we think too much about the …

    Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out
    August 6, 2012
    Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out

    There’s no doubt that more than anything else, parents want their children to be healthy and happy. Yet studies have shown that today’s generation of children might be the first ever to live a sho…

    Tool #4 for Social Intelligence
    August 5, 2012
    Tool #4 for Social Intelligence

    Research has shown unequivocally that having strong, meaningful relationships contributes to our overall happiness, fulfillment, and well-being. Yet today children have many obstacles to healthy relat…

    Media Literacy
    June 11, 2010
    Media Literacy

    Our world is becoming more and more crowded with media.  Whether in our living rooms, on our commutes or in our classrooms, every waking moment can be occupied by consuming media. Whether it’s look…

    Another Thing to Consider...
    January 30, 2009
    Another Thing to Consider…

    ... when naming your sons. A new study has found that boys with unpopular names are more likely commit crimes than boys with popular names. (more…)…

    I Hate Reading
    January 29, 2009
    I Hate Reading

    Ok, well I don't hate reading; I happen to LOVE it!  Reading, in fact, is one of my all-time favorite past times.  But far too many boys hate reading. (more…)…

    Games
    January 28, 2009
    Games

    Playing games is a big part of our homeschool.  Our latest fascination is Qwirkle, a match-the-colors-and/or-shapes game that involves more than a little Scrabble-like strategy.  It's the perfect ga…

    climbing walls
    January 27, 2009
    Climbing Walls

    Here in Wisconsin, we're waking up to below 0 weather.  -2 degrees Farenheit, to be exact.  Add in wind chill, and it feels more like -13.  If we're lucky, it might get all the way to 12 today. Wea…

    Fight!
    January 26, 2009
    Fight!

    My boys (ages 3,5, 8 and 11) fight constantly.  Don't believe me?  Check out this excerpt from my article in the January - February issue of Home Education Magazine: (more…)…