Have a Plan for Your Day for Your Spare Time

make a plan for the day

When you have a plan for your day, you will feel so much better. Even if you don’t exactly follow it, when you have a few unexpected minutes, you will know what to do. Do you ever find yourself with spare time? As a mom, you know these moments are rare. The very occasional times it happens, it’s easy to fritter it away on social media and other pursuits leaving you feeling like you wasted your time. Planning out your spare moments will enable you to be more productive throughout your day. According to Parents.com, effective busy moms should schedule … Read more

Things to Do Before Going Online: for Adults!

things to do before going online

You will see them in April or May. Well-intentioned moms begin sharing articles on Facebook about ways for kids to minimize electronics’ use in the summer. It’s a real issue: Our kids’ long days of summer often include many hours online. We need a plan to keep them occupied in other, meaningful ways. It’s a lot harder to get up and to actually do something, like getting a pencil and paper and clearing a space and sitting down to draw or write. It’s much easier to zone out on the iPad. These are informative and interesting articles, usually checklists. You’re sure to … Read more

We are the Exhausted Moms of Summer

Exhausted moms of summer

A few years ago, my friend had a good laugh when I told her my kids and I had just gotten back from the beach and that I was exhausted. She was at work all day, so a day at the beach sounded glorious and stress-free to her. It was difficult to get her to understand that no, it wasn’t all (or even a little bit) fun and games. A day at the beach is a lot of work. As many moms can empathize, not only was I watching my kids every minute because of the water, I worried about … Read more

What Do You Think About Paying Kids for Good Report Cards?

Hmm…. This question about whether or not paying kids for good report cards is a good idea is a tricky one. For some kids, this might be a big motivation. For others, it’s not necessary. It’s sort of like chores. There are just some things that kids are supposed to do. Do you pay for good grades? Once kids get to a certain age, starting around 8 or 9 years old, depending on the child, there are just some givens. Typically, this would include: Learning to choose healthy food and drinks Showering, brushing teeth, other grooming Doing their best in school … Read more

Back-to-School Shopping for Kids — What’s the Deal?

back to school shopping

Back-to-school shopping has always been an interesting concept. Retailers want to entice us to stock up on clothing and items our young will presumably “need” this fall. Why this is a big event, I’m not sure. It’s not like we can’t run out to Target or the mall at any time to buy whatever clothing our kids will need. Easier still, we can order online 24/7 from our kids’ favorite stores whenever we want. Back in the 70s and 80s, my parents bought me a few clothing items and one pair of shoes each school year. It was very exciting … Read more

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